• SpaceX gearing up for more launches

    Date:5 August 2020 Author: Leila Stein

    SpaceX are still celebrating the successful test flight and return of their Crew Dragon spacecraft. However, the company aren’t resting on their laurels and are prepping for their next big outings.

    According to Express UK, data from this successful test will be used to inform and improve on the next two scheduled flights.

    “From a crew perspective, I think it’s definitely ready to go,” said Bob Behnken, one of the astronauts who arrived back in the Crew Dragon. “There are things that can be improved, just like even with the final flight of the space shuttle.”

    “They will do a very thorough review both on the SpaceX side and the NASA side to make sure they are comfortable.

    “It took years in the making. I think Doug and I have been working at it for a good solid five years to get to this point, and it’s just awesome to see it to fruition.”

    The improvements will be implemented on the next two flights, which will include astronaut Megan McArthur who happens to be Benkhen’s wife.

    Crew-1 and Crew-2 will also be taking astronauts up to the International Space Station but these won’t be tests.

    The Crew-1 mission is planned to launch in late September while Crew-2 will only happen near the end of 2021.

    Image: SpaceX/Twitter

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