SpaceX Crew Dragon to Ferry Four Astronauts to International Space Station on November 14

first_imgThey are expected to arrive at the ISS eight hours later, at 09:20 GMT Sunday (2:50pm IST Sunday). The mission marks a culmination for SpaceX, setting it up to be NASA’s favoured, and so far most reliable, transportation provider as the agency waits on Boeing’s Starliner capsule, which has been held up in testing and is not expected to be ready before next year. SpaceX has been operating space station re-supplying flights with the cargo version of the Dragon since 2012. – Advertisement – “For the next 15 months, we will fly seven crew and cargo Dragon missions for NASA,” SpaceX head of crewed flights Benji Reed said during a phone call Tuesday. “That means that (from December) starting with Crew-1, there will be a continuous presence of SpaceX Dragons in orbit.”The next crewed mission is expected to blast off at the end of March 2021, carrying one European, one Japanese and two American crew members. Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – “I’m extremely proud to say we are returning regular human spaceflight launches to American soil on an American rocket and spacecraft,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said. Take-off is planned for 7:49pm Saturday (6:19am IST Sunday) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on board. As of Tuesday evening, the weather outlook for Saturday was good. – Advertisement – Three NASA crew and one Japanese astronaut are set for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket Saturday, bound for the International Space Station in the program’s first six-month routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight in May after nine years of reliance on Russia.  NASA on Tuesday officially certified as safe the Crew Dragon capsule developed for regular astronaut transportation by SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk that carried two astronauts to the ISS in May and back to Earth again in August without major incident. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Two Properties Up For Demolition To Make Way For KABATA

first_imgThe state Department of Transportation has announced plans to demolish two Anchorage properties to make way for Knik Arm Bridge construction.Download AudioDOT has opened the bid process for the work, which gives the contractor the option of removing the houses to another location.Shannon McCarthy, a spokesperson for DOT, says the state purchased the two homes more than a year ago. She says the demolition work saves the state money in property management and home repairs.“There are some issues, there’ve been some attempted break-ins which of course, we discovered right away, and having a vacant house in the neighborhood does affect the safety of the neighborhood. So, we have owned these houses for a while. It makes sense at this time, it is cost effective, because we know we will need this property for the future Crossing.” An old motel is also slated for demolition. McCarthy says after the work is done, the land will be used for access to the proposed Knik Arm Bridge.“This is for the cut and cover tunnel that goes underneath Government Hill. It’s an 800 long foot tunnel, and there will be a lid on top of it so it can be reseeded with grass and there will be some park-like amenities on top of that. “She says the contract for the demolition and removal of the structures has a deadline in mid-November. Leveling and seeding must be complete by June of next year.But the Government Hill Community Council opposes the demolition. Stephanie Kesler, president of the community council says the two homes could be used as rentalsIn the last days of the legislative session, the Knik Arm Bridge project was handed over to the state DOT, taking authority for building away from the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA. McCarthy, a former KABATA employee, says federal funds needed to begin construction are not in place yet, but the legislature’s change is bringing the bridge a step closer.“The state legislature also passed the $55 million capital increment for the project and they passed operating funds as well for the project. So they solidified the financial plan and they began funding. So I think it was really a huge step forward in seeing the bridge built.”The bill transferring the Knik Arm Bridge project to DOT also forbids the state from selling bonds to support the project before federal highway funds are secured to pay for at least 30 percent of the costs.last_img read more