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Inside SpaceX, the Willy Wonka-Like Rocket Factory That Eventually Could Send Astronauts to Space

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Elon Musk's SpaceX hosted an open house here Monday, offering a rare peek inside the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that also serves as a museum of sorts to SpaceX's 16-year history. Inside, next to its mission control centre, is a charred spacecraft hanging from the rafters, the first commercial capsule to reach orbit and return. But on Monday there was something else on the factory floor: the quartet of NASA astronauts SpaceX plans to fly as soon as next year, who were greeted by a thundering applause by throngs of SpaceX employees, many decked out in matching SpaceX T-shirts. The first four NASA commercial crew astronauts assigned to SpaceX are Bob Behnken (from left), Doug Hurley, Mike Hopkins and Victor GloverPhoto Credit: Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton. The astronauts' presence augurs a significant point in the future of SpaceX, founded by Musk in 2002 with the goal of making space accessible to large numbers of people, and eventually colonising Mars.

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

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Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race. Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace manufacturer's president, told journalists in Los Angeles an unmanned flight to the International Space Station in November would pave the way for a manned mission in April 2019. On August 3 the agency named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019 -- a mix of novices and veterans. The flights to the ISS will be the first leaving US soil to put people into orbit since the iconic space shuttle program ended in 2011. For seven years, NASA astronauts have hitched rides to the orbiting outpost on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft -- at a cost of some $80 million a seat.

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Here’s what the inside of SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule looks like

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SpaceX is just one of the companies currently racing to become the first to deliver a manned flight solution to NASA, and at its latest check-in it was just as far behind schedule as its competitors. In stark contrast to the cluttered confines of most spacecraft you’re used to seeing — such as Russia’s Soyuz capsule — the inside of the SpaceX Crew Dragon is incredibly minimalist. It all looks very fancy, and it’s clear that a lot of thought was put into the aesthetics, but the most obvious question here is whether things will actually look like this once the Dragon is packed and ready for a manned flight. Walls are lined with straps to hold various pieces of equipment related to the mission, and various checklists and tools are secured to just about any surface that will hold them. So, sure, the Dragon looks like a spacecraft out the year 3000 right now, but chances are it’s going to look a bit more messy once NASA scientists get ahold of it.

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SpaceX readies astronauts for America's return to space travel

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Both Boeing Co. and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. have contracts with NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station as part of what’s known as the Commercial Crew Program. On Monday, at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., the media—and more importantly, SpaceX employees—got a chance to meet the four astronauts who will fly on “Crew Dragon,” the spacecraft SpaceX designed to ferry astronauts safely to and from the orbiting lab. There won’t be astronauts on board for this test, which will be conducted from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Neither NASA or SpaceX has named a target month; early next year seems likely. Hurley, who has been with NASA for 18 years, said he’s thrilled with the white space suits SpaceX designed—if you watched the Falcon Heavy launch in February, the dummy “Starman” was wearing one behind the wheel of Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster.

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SpaceX displays spacecraft and first crew

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Wall Street slides on Turkey currency shake-out - 01:18. U.S. investors should shrug off Turkish crisis, says Bruderman's Oliver Pursche - 04:59. Harley Davidson stock slips as Trump takes a jab - 01:26. NASA has contracted Elon Musk's aerospace company SpaceX as well as Boeing to develop commercial spacecrafts, capable of sending astronauts to and from the International Space Station - as well as other destinations in low-earth orbit.

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track. Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race. Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace manufacturer's president, told journalists in Los Angeles an unmanned flight to the International Space Station in November would pave the way for a manned mission in April 2019. The flights to the ISS will be the first leaving US soil to put people into orbit since the iconic space shuttle program ended in 2011. For seven years, NASA astronauts have hitched rides to the orbiting outpost on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft -- at a cost of some $80 million a seat.

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track. Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race. Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace manufacturer's president, told journalists in Los Angeles an unmanned flight to the International Space Station in November would pave the way for a manned mission in April 2019. The flights to the ISS will be the first leaving US soil to put people into orbit since the iconic space shuttle program ended in 2011. For seven years, NASA astronauts have hitched rides to the orbiting outpost on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft -- at a cost of some $80 million a seat.

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Watch: NASA astronauts, SpaceX COO talk 'Crew Dragon' - The Economic Times Video

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NASA astronauts who will be riding the SpaceX Dragon discussed the challenges they've faced and what they're looking forward to while speaking at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on Monday ahead of the Crew Dragon mission. Rupee breaches the 70 mark: How it's bad, and how it's goodRattled by demonetisation, conned by cryptocurrency: How investors lost Rs 22,000 croreA trademark fight between HUL and govt is about to get uglyUnderworld don Arun Gawli tops exam on Gandhian thought. Most Read. What returns can I expect from these mutual funds after 15 years?Happy hours! Reliance Jio to disrupt broadband market with low pricingTata Sons to sell shares worth Rs 11,500 crore in TCS buybackYour car will have to carry these colour stickers in Delhi-NCR from October: Know details here.

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track. Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race. Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace manufacturer's president, told journalists in Los Angeles an unmanned flight to the International Space Station in November would pave the way for a manned mission in April 2019. The flights to the ISS will be the first leaving US soil to put people into orbit since the iconic space shuttle program ended in 2011. For seven years, NASA astronauts have hitched rides to the orbiting outpost on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft -- at a cost of some $80 million a seat.

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

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SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track. Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race. Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace manufacturer's president, told journalists in Los Angeles an unmanned flight to the International Space Station in November would pave the way for a manned mission in April 2019. The flights to the ISS will be the first leaving US soil to put people into orbit since the iconic space shuttle program ended in 2011. For seven years, NASA astronauts have hitched rides to the orbiting outpost on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft -- at a cost of some $80 million a seat.

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