first_img Tags Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA says the reviews included discussions of the flight plan, procedures and redundancies built into the spacecraft systems.”This is a big milestone for us today,” ISS program manager Kirk Shireman said. “We think this vehicle is in excellent shape and we’re ready to have it on board the International Space Station.”Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days docked at the ISS and then return to Earth carrying research samples. If everything works out, it will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.If SpaceX’s crew capsule passes all of its tests, it will be used to take actual astronauts into orbit as soon as mid-2019. This would signal the start of a new era of spaceflight for the US. 16 Photos Share your voice A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft attached, rolls out of the hangar at NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX NASA and SpaceX got together on Friday and scrutinized the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission to determine if it’s truly ready to launch to the International Space Station in March. So far, so good.The result of the flight readiness reviews is that NASA is confirming the targeted launch time of 11:48 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 (2:48 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Mar. 2) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will ride to space on a Falcon 9 rocket.Crew Dragon won’t have any humans on board for this initial test flight, but it will carry supplies and equipment to the ISS. The mission was previously delayed several times.The Crew Dragon is part of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit from US soil. NASA has been paying for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.center_img 0 SpaceX readies Crew Dragon Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

first_imgGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury. File PhotoGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury on Tuesday told the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that the people of the country were expecting the party to act, reports UNB.”Bangladesh’s democracy and the country itself have been snatched away. The people are expecting steps from your party (BNP),” he said, addressing the party’s vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu.Zafrullah was speaking at a programme marking the homecoming day of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, organised by Bhasani Anusari Parishad, at National Press Club in the capital.”Come out on the streets,” he said.Jatiya Party’s former minister and secretary general Mostafa Jamal Haider said democracy was “destroyed” through the “farcical 30 December elections.”Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Jahangirnagar University former vice chancellor Jasim Uddin Ahmed, JU teacher professor Dilara Chowdhury also spoke, among others, at the programme.last_img read more