Leaders from SpaceX and NASA such a NASA's Commerical Crew Program Manager, Kathy Lueders; International Space Station Program manager Kirk Shireman; SpaceX's director of Crew Mission Management, Benji Reed in conjunction with Russian and Japanese representatives from the International Space Station partnership came together to discuss the findings of previous, specialized reviews, close out any remaining action items, and give the official nod of approval for SpaceX to send astronauts to orbit for the first time.
If next week's launch goes well, it could bring the Elon Musk-founded private spaceflight company closer to one of its goals of leading the space tourism industry, and eventually bringing private citizens to space.
SpaceX, the first of NASA's commercial flight partners, tested the Falcon 9 rocket's engines on that date with a static fire at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX is expected to report whether the test firing was successful later today.
NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine spoke at a post review news conference stating that the FRR was a "time to speak up if there are any challenges and there were".
SpaceX Gets Green Light From NASA to Start Final Preparations for May 27 Launch
"Whether by SpaceX, Boeing or any other private sector [firm], it's going to be wonderful what we will witness in the next decade", he said during the talk with Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE's Ambassador to the US. "Roscosmos participated and they were 'go, '" he said. Top officials at the USA space agency and Elon Musk's company had been meeting since Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final checks of the Crew Dragon space capsule ahead of its maiden May 27 crewed mission.
"We have to make space flight less expensive". SpaceX has been working feverishly to qualify a new design of the parachute systems that NASA said it is now comfortable with.
The two Nasa test pilots - Hurley and Behnken - will arrive on the launchpad about three hours before the launch in Tesla Model X Sports Car, ditching the traditional "Astrovan".More news: Ohio State AD 'not 100% comfortable yet' with playing football in 2020
Behnken and Hurley have been in strict quarantine since 13 May, but they said their actual isolation began as far back as mid-March.
"We're building momentum towards a much more exciting future", said John Logsdon, founder of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and a professor emeritus.
The mission passed its Flight Readiness Review, the final major hurdle before lift-off, on Friday. It will be a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule that will send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into space, and it'll be the first manned launch in the company's history.
NASA is less than a week away from launching humans into space from American soil for the first time since the space shuttle era.More news: Workplace by Facebook Audience Exceeds 5 Million Paying Users
"All space lovers and astronauts are waiting for that moment".
There have been plenty of setbacks along the way. The commercial crew program, by contrast, calls for private businesses to handle and own it all, with input and oversight by NASA. Their length of stay on the ISS has yet to be determined, but NASA said the capsule can stay in orbit for about 110 days.
"But you know what, you can never sell this NASA and SpaceX team short, and they've always accomplished miracles for me", she said.More news: JioMart website goes live across 200 cities in India