First Astronauts to be Launched to ISS from US Since 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 27 May 2020, NASA and Space X are set to launch an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time in 9 years.

This launch is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Programme. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket on 27 May , from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.

Since 2011, NASA has been relying on Russia's Roscosmos and their rockets, after the American space shuttle programme ended.

Senator light armoured vehicles will be used to to defend the two astronauts on their short ride from the Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Centre, where they will suit-up, and to the launchpad.

The vehicle, developed by Roshel Defence Solutions, is a vehicular platform which is able to support a wide range of operational scenarios including but not limited to armoured personnel carrier, mobile command and control unit, law enforcement vehicle, medical evacuation vehicle, EOD vehicle, surveillance and reconnaissance vehicle, riot control vehicle.

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