NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said this week's meetings weren't just a rubber stamp.
On board will be NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the first ever astronauts to be carried aboard a private US -built spacecraft, and the first humans to launch into space from USA soil since the end of the space program in 2011. Starliner's failure to make it to the International Space Station during a demo test sealed the deal and made the race SpaceX's to lose. "Roscosmos participated and they were 'go, '" he said.More news: Seahawks' offer to running back Devonta Freeman was worth up to $4M
Hurle and Behnken, who arrived in Florida a couple of days ago for final pre-flight preparations, looked in on the flight readiness review as well.
After two days of intense reviews, NASA is giving its commercial partner SpaceX the thumbs-up to launch its first astronauts to space next week.
"A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin", said NASA in a statement accompanying the photo. "We're living the dream", he said. On Saturday (May 23), for example, mission teams will run through a "dry dress" exercise, which will simulate numerous activities that NASA and SpaceX will perform in the leadup to launch on Wednesday.More news: Iron Man VR demo available today, new PSVR bundle announced
There'll be a final launch readiness review on Monday, leading up to Wednesday's launch day with President Donald Trump and other VIPs in attendance.
On May 27 th, Space X is slated to launch its very first staff of 2- NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley- to the International Space Station forNASA The flight is the last examination for Space X as component of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which got exclusive firms to produce lorries to ferryboat astronauts to and from the ISS.
The United States has spent billions of dollars in recent years on SpaceX and Boeing in a bid to regain the capability to send astronauts into space. The space agency is paying $90 million to Russia's space agency for a seat on a launch later in 2020.More news: Jazz coaching legend Jerry Sloan dies
There have been plenty of setbacks along the way. The review is meant to be a thorough examination of the Crew Dragon and systems for the Demo-2 mission, and the readiness of the International Space Station Program and international partners to support the flight. SpaceX's vehicle for the program is the Crew Dragon, and after six years of development and testing, the company is less than a week away from finally putting people inside the vehicle. "I hope you're all going to join me". "And I'm very, very proud of them right now". Even if the launch and the space station rendezvous go perfectly, Behnken and Hurley will be spending somewhere between a month and four months working in orbit before they ride their Dragon back to an Atlantic Ocean splashdown.