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May 25-31, 2020 / Vol 39, No 21 / Hawai`i Island, USA

22 May 2020, 20:30 UTC
May 25-31, 2020 / Vol 39, No 21 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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USA Renewed Human Spaceflight Capability Is Next Step Toward Return to Moon, Multi World Species Status

May 27, 2020 may be an auspicious day for USA with its first launch of Astronauts from American soil since July 8, 2011. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley (in custom-fit spacesuits and 3D printed helmets) will fly on Demo-2 Mission at 16:32 EDT from Kennedy Space Center, Florida LC 39A via Falcon 9 in Crew Dragon V2 “C206” to ISS, docking 11:29 the next day. The TBD duration of their mission could be ≤ 4 months, joining Expedition 63 crew Chris Cassidy, Ivan Vagner and Anatoli Ivanishin. Boeing Starliner may attempt its second uncrewed demo flight for the Commercial Crew Program in September, and if successful, it will launch Michael Fincke, Nicole Mann and Chris Ferguson to ISS early 2021. Partially-reusable SpaceX Crew Dragon is capable of carrying up to 7 passengers and 3,307 kg of cargo. It has 8 SuperDraco engines for launch aborts, 4 Draco thrusters for orbital maneuvering, solar arrays and four main parachutes. SpaceX super-heavy, fully reusable Starship is planned to carry spaceflight participants on a 2023 mission to circumnavigate the Moon, and its Starship Human Landing System (SHLS) ...

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