Trump to attend NASA astronaut launch Wednesday in Florida

In 2014, NASA awarded Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Boeing Co. contracts worth almost $7 billion to fly US astronauts to the space station.

Their mission, known as Demo-2, will see the astronauts launch from Kennedy aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which will make them the first astronauts to ride an American rocket in almost a decade.

"This is a milestone in the history of the USA space program".

The pair would join Chris Cassidy, the lone NASA astronaut now on board the station, and two Russian counterparts.

SpaceX will also provide flights to non-American astronauts and Musk's company wants to eventually send tourists into space.

To maintain a strong USA presence on the space station, and because of delays in Boeing's and SpaceX's development of their own commercial crew shuttles, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been negotiating with Russia's space agency to take an additional seat on its Soyuz shuttle next year.

Part of the reason the launch is so historic is that it makes the country no longer reliant on Russian Federation for seats to space.

One example of such conversations was a review of the Crew Dragon parachute system, which suffered problems in its development leading to a new design that went through a rapid series of tests since last fall. That final rehearsal, she said, is meant to make sure "everything is working days before the launch".

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the newly designed space suits for the new flight missions. SpaceX will fly six operational crewed missions to the ISS under the deal. The Demo-2 mission team still has to complete a final readiness review, which will incorporate data from the critical static fire test, on May 25th. The capsule arrived with their precious human cargo safely in orbit, to check the two astronauts, together with experts on the earth, whether the "Crew Dragon" works as planned. Boeing, as we've all seen, has had a rough couple of years, and it wasn't long before SpaceX was the clear frontrunner to deliver on its promise to NASA.

"We're going to stay vigilant over the next few days", said Kathy Lueders, the director of NASA's commercial crew program. The US space Agency has commissioned in the framework of the company SpaceX and Boeing to develop new ships are able to astronaut in a low earth orbit and transport for worldwide space station . (SpaceX via AP) The uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, with its nose cone open to expose the docking mechanism, approaches the International Space Station's Harmony module on March 4, 2019. 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. 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. Everything depends, however, on whether the Start of SpaceX on the 27.

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