As the global space economy undergoes a massive disruption, and space becomes increasingly entrepreneurial, India is faced with an important choice.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way to the ISS and will dock automatically around 7.00 pm IST, 19 hours after the lift-off.
This mission is the final test flight and if it is successful, then NASA will certify SpaceX to continue to fly humans to space.
Superhero spacesuits: Elon Musk’s SpaceX astronaut suit is like a Tuxedo for the Starship Enterprise
What the SpaceX suits evoke most of all is James Bond’s tuxedo if it were redesigned by Tony Stark as an upgrade for James T. Kirk’s next big adventure.
SpaceX reaches for milestone in human spaceflight – a private company will launch NASA astronauts into orbit
Compared to an average space shuttle mission that cost US$1.6 billion, NASA is paying only $55 million per seat for SpaceX’s upcoming ISS flights.
A new era dawns in human spaceflight: SpaceX needs to get the rocket science right to launch the NASA astronauts
This launch will put SpaceX ahead of other commercial companies including Boeing’s Starliner and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are badass astronauts and dads: SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell
Both are former military pilots who rose to the rank of colonel — Behnken in the US Air Force, Hurley in the Marines — before joining NASA in 2000.
What do we know spacex’s astronaut suits and the vehicle they use to travel to the launchpad; launch on Sunday, 31 May, 12.52 am IST
Musk named his rocket after the “Star Wars” Millennium Falcon and the capsule's name comes from his jab at the doubters when he started SpaceX.
NASA planted the seeds for a commercial program, starting a competition for companies to send cargo to the International Space Station.
NASA has purchased an additional Soyuz seat from Russian space agency, as a failsafe, to ensure it will have a ride to the ISS
NASA would compensate for bumping a Russian cosmonaut from the flight by flying their cargo to the ISS on a US-built spacecraft.
If due to unforeseen circumstances, this mission is not able to launch, it has back-up dates on Sunday, 31 May, 12.52 am IST and Monday, 1 June, 12.30 am IST.
NASA reported that they had been keeping an eye on the weather but rain, clouds, and lightning violated launch criteria throughout the day.
President Donal Trump to attend launch of NASA astronauts for the first time in nine years, from America
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are scheduled to blast off on Thursday, 2.00 am IST from launch pad 39A from the Kennedy Space Centre.
Space is the final frontier that man continues to explore and study, from the first man on the Moon to a rover on Mars.
The Dragon will remain about a month, being filled with science samples for return to Earth.
Private companies in China are taking advantage of the demand for small satellites and getting ahead of the curve.
Leaving the Dragon untouched would be as foolish for India as breathing fire in a sensitive field.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine congratulated the crew on a successful launch.
NASA is paying SpaceX and Boeing to provide the capsules and fly astronauts to and fro.
SpaceX in November won authorization from US officials to put nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit.