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SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space

SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space 30 May, 2020

SpaceX has managed to send National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit.

The space mission, scheduled for Wednesday, was halted 16 minutes before the countdown was completed due to adverse weather conditions.

For the first time, NASA has worked with a private company to send its astronauts into space. NASA has not sent astronauts to the International Space Station on its own means since 2011, when it retired Space Mekis and rocket systems carrying materials into orbit. For these missions, Russia's Abstract rockets launched from the Baykonur Space Station were used.

Hurley and Behnken's journey to the International Space Station will take 19 hours. Astronauts will use this time to test the systems in the Dragon capsule.

With today's launch, space has now ceased to be an area where private companies are working on it, making it an accessible location for them. So the fact that companies can send humans into orbit will make space more accessible than ever, and their balance will change radically, first in Earth orbit, and then in all space.  SpaceX and NASA took the first step of this change today. 

He signed a $US2.6 billion contract with SpaceX and Nasa.  As part of the deal, the company will launch six astronaut flights to the space station. If Hurley and Behnken succeed, the next time will happen at the end of August. Astronauts are scheduled to stay on the International Space Station for one to four months.

U.S. Space Force Command was officially established in November 2019 with the adoption of the U.S. 2020 defence budget. Today's launch also launched a process that will accelerate the principle of military use of space.

SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space

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