The Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) mission will cost United States dollars 42 million and is planned to launch in August 2022, attached to the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS).
This is the first launch to take place under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, and it'll involve sending the Crew Dragon - unmanned in this mission - to the International Space Station in order to demonstrate its suitability for future manned launches.
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"When you're here, right, there's a pride in the country". And eight engines are built into the capsule walls for use in an emergency; these abort engines could shoot the capsule off a malfunctioning rocket anytime during the launch.
There won't be any people on board this test, however: instead, the capsule will be home to a dummy called Ripley wearing a spacesuit and a bunch of data-collecting sensors, plus 400 lbs of supplies for the space station.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen after being raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A February 28, 2019.
"Actually having a reentry, with Ripley in the seat, in the position, is critical", said Kathy Lueders, manager for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, during a pre-flight media conference.
This mission is a night owl's dream, with most of the big events happening in the wee hours. They'll be on the first Crew Dragon to fly an operational mission to the space station. Saturday's liftoff is scheduled for 2:49 a.m.to sync up with a space station arrival the next day.
Boeing is expected to send its Starliner space capsule on an uncrewed flight to the space station for the first time sometime this spring. It will then dock where the current astronauts on the station - including Canadian David Saint-Jacques - will unload the cargo. It will then head back to Earth on March 8 where it will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred kilometres off the Florida coast.
Space weather is important because it can have profound impacts - affecting technology and astronauts in space, disrupting radio communications and, at its most severe, overwhelming power grids. Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of build and flight reliability, shied away from calling the test device a dummy.
"This is an absolutely critical first step as we move towards eventually returning crew launch capability back here to the USA", said Bill Gerstenmaier, director of space operations at NASA headquarters. Hurley will ride the Dragon and Ferguson the Starliner.