SpaceX Successfully Completes Falcon 9 Static Fire Test

The test was conducted in preparation of Crew Dragon’s first operational mission.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Preparations for Crew Dragon’s first operational mission seems to be going well. SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, announced on Saturday that it successfully completed a static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage that will launch the mission.


Another successful static fire test

The test comes on the heels of another successful static fire test earlier this week of Falcon 9’s second stage engine. This engine is the 100th-second stage engine SpaceX has built. 

Crew Dragon’s first operational mission (Crew-1) will head to the International Space Station with three NASA astronauts and one JAXA one. The NASA astronauts will be Michael HopkinsVictor Glover Jr., and Shannon Walker.

Meanwhile, the JAXA astronaut will be Noguchi Soichi. All the astronauts have begun preparing for their journeys.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting May 27th for the first crewed flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, provided the recent coronavirus outbreak does not cause any delays. The mission, if successful, will mark the first time astronauts have launched from American soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

This mission will then be followed by a series of regular, rotational flights to the station of which Crew-1 will be the first one. We wish NASA and SpaceX good luck!

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