After two days of intense discussions, NASA praised its commercial partner SpaceX and agreed to send its first astronauts into space next week,media reported. While NASA and SpaceX still have more work to do, including another assessment on Monday, officials say the launch should be a problem.
“It’s a great review and discussion,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said at a news conference. I think everyone in the room knows that if there’s any challenge, it’s time to speak up. In the end we had to ‘go’. So we’re now preparing for a launch in five days. “
On May 27, SpaceX will launch two astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time — NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The flight was The last test by SpaceX as part of NASA’s commercial crew program.
While NASA says SpaceX is ready to launch, much more needs to be done before the company’s rocket is launched. On Saturday, Behnken and Hurley will have a dry rehearsal, where they will wear SpaceX’s custom spacesuits and experience all the pre-flight steps rather than the actual launch. On Monday, SpaceX and NASA officials will again assess whether the mission will continue. At that time, they will review data, including the same day’s ignition test data and rehearsal data.