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The company SpaceX has announced the successful test launch of the Falcon 9 in its official Twitter account. Next week, the Falcon 9 will launch a manned spacecraft Crew Dragon to the International space station (ISS).
In a statement, the company noted that there had been firing test missiles. “A static fire test of Falcon 9 completed, we plan to launch a Crew Dragon to ISS astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on may 27, 16:33,” reads the post.
Astronauts Hurley and Behnken will go to the space station aboard the Dragon spacecraft Crew during the flight tests, dubbed Demo-2. The launch will be from launch complex 39A (LC-39A) located in the space center of a name of John Kennedy in Florida. The start is scheduled for Wednesday, may 27, 23:33 Moscow time. The successful holding of the start would mean the destruction of the Russian monopoly in the Western manned space flights.
July 8, 2011, the United States last alone put men into orbit. Then launched a reusable manned spacecraft Atlantis the Space Shuttle program. Since then, people on the ISS to deliver the Soviet (Russian) manned spacecraft “Soyuz”. The last launch of a Soyuz with astronaut, which Roskosmos, NASA will receive $ 90 million, will take place this fall, after Russia and the United States will only exchange places on their own manned spaceships.
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