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America to launch humans to the ISS tomorrow for the first time in almost a decade


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NASA and SpaceX say they are 100% GO for tomorrow's scheduled launch of the Falcon 9 with Dragon 2 capsule with two astronauts onboard - weather depending.  Currently forecasts show about a 60% favorable weather conditions, with all other technical and administrative hurdles completed. 

 

If the launch goes as expected, it will be the first time since 2011 that America has launched humans into orbit.  America has been completely reliant on Russia to get American astronauts to and from the space station since the retirement of the Space Shuttle. 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, brandino said:

Are they going to reuse this rocket also?

 

Yes, assuming the booster is recovered.  However, the rocket won't be reused for NASA chartered flights.  The contract with NASA stipulates new boosters and new capsules for each mission.  SpaceX is free to reuse these boosters and dragon 2 capsules for commercial missions and tourist missions. 

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9 minutes ago, mclumber1 said:

 

Yes, assuming the booster is recovered.  However, the rocket won't be reused for NASA chartered flights.  The contract with NASA stipulates new boosters and new capsules for each mission.  SpaceX is free to reuse these boosters and dragon 2 capsules for commercial missions and tourist missions. 

 

1. NASA uses rocket

2. "Sign up for a tourist trip to orbit with this rocket that actual astronauts used!"

3. "Sign up for a tourist trip to orbit with this rocket that an A-list celebrity used!"

and so forth.

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20 hours ago, mclumber1 said:

 

Yes, assuming the booster is recovered.  However, the rocket won't be reused for NASA chartered flights.  The contract with NASA stipulates new boosters and new capsules for each mission.  SpaceX is free to reuse these boosters and dragon 2 capsules for commercial missions and tourist missions. 

 

New booster and capsule for human flights, for now. NASA is open to certifying reused boosters in the future. The plan for the used Crew Dragons is to reuse them stripped down as Cargo Dragons now that Dragon 1 is retired. I don't think they can reuse Crew Dragons for humans because of the salt water on splash down. 

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