Starman wants to get some Earth companies.
When SpaceX launches it first Crew Dragon capsule At the International Space Station (ISS) weekend (March 2) on Wednesday's test mission, the vehicle will be a passenger of this type: wearing the black and white black dummy comedy.
This reason has also been recorded by the inert bodies of Starman, the man with the red Tesla Roadster's guide, SpaceX launched in orbit in the water last year around the sun. the first flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket company.
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"There is – can I say dummy?" Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of Build and Flight Confidence in SpaceX, told reporters on Friday (February 22). "Is the word good?"
Actually, the technical term is a bit better than that.
"ATD," NASA's Commercial Manager Program Manager, Kathy Lueders said during a press conference in Koenigsmann, apparently pure anthropomorphic test. "We prefer dummies that we do not prefer."
"It's a puppet? Dummy? ATD – whatever," Koenigsmann said. "And we will measure the responses to the human body, of course, and we will measure the environment. Make sure everything is perfect, you know, the astronauts safety."
Therefore, although the ATD sensor loader does not have higher technology than Starman, it was not necessary to measure the load or stress in its epic lifter.
And we should call "ATD" – until SpaceX's brass is telling us otherwise.
"The truth is I forgot to ask the name," Koenigsmann said. "Do you know he's a name?"
(Here's a name as expected as cool as Starman Skywalker Mannequin, Blue Origin moniker gave his instrument dummy for the suborbital test.
Crew Dragon Robotic capsule is based on robotics, which is being supplied to the NASA ISS 2012. However, the crew variant has eight seats, a life support system, emergency escape system, touch screen displays, windows and more. important passenger means of transport.
There are also other important differences. For example, the traditional Dragon robotics has spread solar arrays and depends on the armed giant of the ISS. But Crew Dragon's solar panels fit into its trunk and the capsules will come straight to the orbit lab.
After a violent flight called Demo-1, Crew Dragon and its many systems will be deployed on a six-day mission. If the plan is envisaged, the Crew Dragon ISS will leave on March 8 and will make a splashdown of the Atlantic Ocean parachute.
The capsule itself will fly "high altitude abortion test" in the coming months by checking the emergency escaping system. Demo-2, in which Crew Dragon will take NASA astronauts to the ISS, will be erected in July. Operating flights for this space agency will be hired.
SpaceX is not the only company with a NASA commercial lane contract. Boeing develops an astronaut taxi called CST-100 Starliner. Starliner will not schedule its first flight flight of the flight before the ISS in April.
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