Profile image
Story Views
Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says Crew Dragon spaceship 6 months from astronaut launch debut

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Speaking in a mid-July interview with a CNBC correspondent, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stated that he believed the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft was likely 6-8 months away from an inaugural launch with astronauts aboard.

Elaborating a bit, he noted that SpaceX was aiming to realize that milestone in four months, while he expected – per past experience – the reality to fall somewhere between the bounds of four and eight months. Sadly, the interviewer – speaking a few days prior to a major Crew Dragon anomaly update – was either uninterested in or unaware of the spacecraft’s April 20th explosion and the several months of delays expected to follow. As such, Musk made no comments on the status of the investigation, but his comments still mesh well with info provided during the official July 15th update.

Put to dates, the SpaceX CEO believes that Crew Dragon could be ready for its inaugural astronaut launch as early as November 2019 and – optimistically – no later than March 2020. Splitting the difference, he settled on January 2020 (“six months”) as a moderate estimate for when that milestone is most likely to occur.

Specifically, Hans Koenigsmann stated that it wasn’t technically impossible for Crew Dragon’s DM-2 (crewed test flight) launch to occur in 2019, but it would soon become impossible if any additional delays occurred (very likely). NASA Commercial Crew manager Kathy Lueders also chose not to rule out the possibility that DM-2 could launch in 2019 but emphasized that a large amount of work remained, particularly on the NASA paperwork side of things.

Crew Dragon lifts off atop Falcon 9 during DM-1, the spacecraft’s uncrewed orbital debut. (NASA)

As such, CEO Elon Musk appears to be spot-on in his estimate that Crew Dragon is most likely to launch its first astronauts sometime between January and March 2020. The likely slip into 2020 is certainly disappointing, coming nearly three years after the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) was initially expected to bare human-launching fruit. Chronic underfunding by pro-SLS members of Congress in the years following CCP’s major 2014 kick-off (CCtCap) almost certainly contributed to these delays, as earlier test flights would likely have lead to similarly early failures (normal for speedy spaceflight development programs), thus potentially allowing operational crewed launches to begin a year or two earlier.

Given the confluence of both Koenigsmann’s Lueders’, and Musk’s conservative optimism, the pragmatic space fan would do well to expect Crew Dragon’s crewed launch debut to occur no earlier than 2020 but retain hope for a late-December 2019 liftoff.

SpaceX’s first spaceworthy Crew Dragon capsule seen prior to its first Falcon 9-integrated static fire and a post-recovery test fire three months later. (SpaceX)

Check out Teslarati’s newsletters for prompt updates, on-the-ground perspectives, and unique glimpses of SpaceX’s rocket launch and recovery processes.

The post SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says Crew Dragon spaceship 6 months from astronaut launch debut appeared first on TESLARATI.



Source: https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-elon-musk-crew-dragon-astronaut-launch-date/

Support BeforeitsNews by trying our natural health products! Join our affiliate program
Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at www.mitocopper.com


Get our Free Ebook, "Suppressed Health Secrets"  with  Natural Cures THEY don't want you to know!

APeX - Far superior to colloidal silver!  Destroys Viruses, Bacteria, Pathogens with Oxygen plus Silver!Supreme Fulvic - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!
Ultimate Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.
MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!  
Organic Hemp Extract (CBD) - Full Spectrum high CBD (3300mg) hemp extract eases stiff joints, relieves stress and more!
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.

Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)


FINAL WARNING!   Diseases are EXPLODING!  Watch this Video about APeX and You'll THROW AWAY Your Colloidal Silver!   APeX destroys Viruses, Bacteria and other Pathogens with the power of Oxygen PLUS Silver!  Nobody else has a product like THIS!   See why the inventor hasn't been sick in 16 years and why you'll never hear about it on the FAKE NEWS!  Get some now and tell your friends about it too so we can reach more people!  

APeX Interview - Superior to Colloidal Silver from Lee Canady on Vimeo.

Learn about APeX Here and Get the 50 Page Report in PDF format.   Call us at 888-809-8385 to order by phone.

Report abuse

    Comments

    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    SignUp

    Login

    Newsletter

    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.