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According to Space.com (This article and its images were originally posted on Space.com January 6, 2019 at 10:36AM.)
(Cover Image)The private spaceflight company SpaceX has moved its first Dragon spaceship designed for astronauts to the launchpad ahead of an uncrewed test flight that’s just weeks away.
SpaceX rolled the Crew Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket out to the historic Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida Thursday (Jan. 3) for a test flight for NASA targeted for Jan. 17 . That schedule, however, may be delayed due to the ongoing partial government shutdown that has shuttered much of the U.S. space agency.
Indeed, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk hinted that the Crew Dragon test flight, called Demo-1, could fly later than that Jan. 17 target. “About a month away from the first orbital test flight of crew Dragon,” Musk wrote on Twitter Saturday (Jan. 5). That timeline could potentially place the Crew Dragon demonstration flight in early February, though no official schedule change has been announced. [Take a Walk Through SpaceX’s Crew Dragon]
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