SpaceX to Launch with NASA Astronauts Today
Elon Musk is famous for many things; Tesla, his Twitter following, and SpaceX. The aerospace company based in California will launch two NASA astronauts this May 27.
The Demo-2 test flight aims to send Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.
The two NASA astronauts will use the technology company’s Crew Dragon capsule which will take off from the Launch Complex 39A. The launch site is located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, also known as KSC, in the state of Florida.
The launch is taking place at 4:33 PM EDT or 20:33 GMT and people from all around the world can watch it live. People can watch the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule’s takeoff via NASA TV.
According to technology news, the coverage for the launch will start at 12:15 PM EDT (16:15 GMT).
The space complex was established back in the 1960s to hold NASA’s Saturn V moon rocket launches. And in 2014, SpaceX signed a 20-year exclusive lease to access and use Pad 39A.
Elon Musk’s company soon started modifying the location to hold its Falcon 9 and its Falcon Heavy rockets.
The first time that the company launched its own spacecraft from the complex was in 2017. Today’s launch will also be the first NASA astronaut mission in the United States since 2011.
The company recently raised around 346 million US dollars in its latest funding round. The US National Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed the figures.
The company reportedly filed an amendment to its prior funding raise yesterday. The space tech company’s filling ahead of today’s astronaut launch.
A New Agreement
Modern technology has paved a way for the company to reach out and make new partnerships. Aside from the widely anticipated launch today, the company also recently signed an agreement with the US Army.
The deal will look into the SpaceX defence service test, Starlink satellite-based broadband network. The deal will span for three years to evaluate its usefulness.
The company’s Starlink network is still under development as of the moment. However, it is scheduled to go live later this year for selective customers in America and Canada.
According to the space tech company, it looks to offer low-latency and high-speed internet connectivity using low orbiting small satellites.
Furthermore, the US Army aims to find out what kind of investments it needs in ground infrastructures.
Earlier last week, SpaceX and the Army signed the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement according to local news.
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