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SpaceX seeks to soar to old heights

NASA and SpaceX held a joint training event for pre-launch operations, which provided an opportunity for the crew and ground operators to rehearse all of the activities, procedures, and communication the teams will exercise on launch day from crew suit-up in Kennedy Space Center’s Operations & Checkout (O&C) building in Florida through launch; this training event also included simulated emergency egress scenarios. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley are participating in a suit-up for launch, using the same Ground Support Equipment hardware, such as the seats and suit leak check boxes, that the crew will use for launch, with the SpaceX ground closeout team and suit engineers that will help the crew suit up and ingress the Dragon on launch day. Following crew suit-up, the crew ingressed the capsule simulator in Hawthorne, California, as they would on launch day, and the teams performed a simulated launch countdown and several emergency egress scenarios.

By Matthew Shanbom, Managing Editor

After being founded 18 years ago, SpaceX will be launching its first crewed capsule to orbit and the first crewed space flight to launch from the United States since the final space shuttle in 2011.

The launch was originally scheduled for May 27 at 4:33 p.m., but was postponed due to bad weather. The launch is now scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

One monumental detail from this launch is that it, like almost every other SpaceX launch, will be from Launch Complex 39A, which is where most manned space flights from the Apollo program to the Space Shuttle program blasted off.

While the Kennedy Space Center will not reopen until after the launch, views will still be accessible from near Cape Canaveral. Since school is winding down, I will be checking the weather that morning and making a decision whether to make the several-hour trip to get a glimpse of history.

Even if you don’t make the drive to Cape Canaveral, consider watching the live stream on Youtube as two men will be launched from this country for the first time in nine years.

About Matthew Shanbom (22 Articles)
Matthew Shanbom is a senior and the Editor-in-Chief of The Tornado Times. He is interested in coding.

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