Published: Sat, November 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX's 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight to Launch Jan. 7, NASA Says

SpaceX's 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight to Launch Jan. 7, NASA Says

SpaceX said in a statement that it took seriously its responsibility to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS and that its engineers had worked side by side with NASA for years to develop its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule.

Both companies are targeting uncrewed test flight of their vehicles starting in 2019.

Boeing's turn will be up in March, when the Starliner will be launched empty.

The order prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet.

Apart from assuring themselves that SpaceX and Boeing are up to the task, NASA hopes that the investigations will ensure that the public has trust in them.though the real outlier here is definitely Musk, who's been acting, uh, pretty erratic lately.

NASA associate administrator William Gerstenmaier told the Washington Post a months-long assessment would "examine everything and anything that could impact safety", including hundreds of interviews to assess the culture of each companies' workplace.

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American Space Agency NASA will review the safety policies of NASA Boeing and Space X along with work culture.

NASA is now in the process of reviewing SpaceX, and they're not up to check for minor issues at the SpaceX HQ, but they are planning to interview hundreds of employees of the Musk's company.

The Jan.7 launching window announcement comes at the heel of NASA's statement saying that the agency will conduct an assessment study of the involved companies in terms of their respective adherence to a drug-free environment, among a few common factors.

While NASA did not detail the flight path, it said the test would provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9, the Crew Dragon capsule and ground systems, and on-orbit, docking and landing operations.

For its part, a Boeing spokesman said the company's culture "ensures the integrity, safety and quality of our products, our people and their work environment". SpaceX also holds NASA contracts valued at more than $2 billion for 20 space station cargo missions using unpiloted Dragon capsules. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, the United States has been relying on the Russians' Soyuz to ferry people to and from space.

Founded by Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk, SpaceX said it plans to launch its first crewed mission in June 2019 if the January 7 test is successful, but that the timeline may shift.

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