Astronauts may not fly aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon until next year, but that does not mean they are not exercising for what is to come. Fortunately for us, these tests include experiments in which astronauts have to wear full SpaceX equipment.
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NASA recently shared images astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley who undergo their "set-up procedures" at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and space suits didn't disappoint. Of course, trying their new seeds isn't all these astronauts have done.
"The training offered the opportunity for the integrated team to perform all the dry activities, procedures and communications that will be performed on launch day when a Crew Dragon spacecraft launches onto a Falcon 9 rocket of Launch Complex 39A in Florida, "said the NASA statement.
SpaceX & # 39; s Crew Dragon and Boeing & # 39; s Starliner are the two boats selected by NASA for its commercial crew program. The SpaceX Demo-2 mission at the International Space Station would take place in July.
However, the dates were postponed after a Crew Dragon test exploded during a ground test in April. "Before today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand in landing zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX spokesman He said.
"The initial tests were successfully completed, but the final test caused an anomaly on the test bench. Ensuring that our systems meet stringent safety standards and detecting anomalies like this before the flight are the main reasons why we test. Our teams are studying and working closely with our NASA partners. "