Ripley the Dummy Astronaut Ready for Liftoff Onboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon

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At 2.49am local time (7.49am United Kingdom time), the Crew Dragon will launch from Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, heading towards the ISS (International Space Station). Their success rate has been improving and we will need all their expertise (and luck) for their upcoming mission: Crew Dragon Demo-1. "It's different", said Mark Geyer, director of the Johnson Space Center, where United States astronauts are based. SpaceX REPURPOSED ITS CARGO DRAGON CAPSULE After making 16 deliveries to ISS using the cargo version of Dragon, it is overhauling it for carrying astronauts. It will remain attached to the space station for a few days before being released and then heading back down for a water landing in the ocean. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk wants Dragon riders looking sharp and 21st century, just like their new, white, sleek spaceship.

After the shuttle programme was shuttered in 2011 after a 30-year run, NASA began outsourcing the logistics of its space missions. Good luck to @nasa & @SpaceX on tomorrow's 1st test flight of a commercially built & operated American rocket & spacecraft designed for humans to launch to @Space_Station!

The excitement was palpable at Cape Canaveral, from the space-fan volunteers guiding media on site, to the tourists who came to watch.

NASA TV is the United States space agency's around-the-clock educational broadcast, which streams NASA rocket launches among other segments. It pays Russian Federation to get its people up to the orbiting research facility at a cost of United States dollars 82 million a head, for a round trip.

Keeping its options open, the US space agency in 2014 awarded contracts to both SpaceX and Boeing for them to take over this task.

But the programme has suffered delays as safety requirements are much more stringent for manned flights than for unmanned missions to deploy satellites. With neither yet certified to fly people, NASA is considering buying two more Soyuz seats to guarantee continued American access to the space station. Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule has three redundant flight computers, as well as the latest radiation-hardened electronics, to ensure safe docking with the space station, Peter McGrath, Boeing director of global sales and marketing for space exploration, said during an interview in January. Ripley is similar to Starman, which blasted off previous year in the driver's seat of Musk's red Tesla convertible, on a test launch of the company's bigger Falcon Heavy rocket. So we are really excited to do this.

The first crewed flight for SpaceX will take place some time in July.

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Forczyk says with the private sector playing a bigger role in low earth orbit, NASA can focus on other projects like the Space Launch System. "They're very happy that it's covered, and we're trying to keep the mosquitoes out".

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will head to the ISS on its first test flight. If all goes well, the spacecraft - uncrewed but loaded with some experiments and supplies for the astronauts as well as a test dummy named Ripley after the protagonist in the Alien movies - will dock with the International Space Station (ISS). Soon after, the spacecraft will deploy four large parachutes to slow down.

"We instrumented the crap out of that vehicle", said Kathy Lueders, the manager of Nasa's Commercial Crew program.

In its 17-year long existence, SpaceX has achieved a few feats that everyone thought were impossible, such as reusing rockets to save costs.

Boeing is now targeting April for the first launch of the Starliner capsule without crew. Reuters reported on February 21 that SpaceX and Boeing both must address significant design and safety concerns before they can fly humans.

The historic SpaceX launch will broadcast today via SpaceX's YouTube channel and NASA's online and terrestrial broadcasting.

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