Bridenstine to hold press event at SpaceX on Oct 10


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NASA yesterday announced that its administrator Jim Bridenstine will hold a press event with Elon Musk at SpaceX headquarters this coming Thursday, October 10.

Also at this event will be the two astronauts who have been assigned to fly on the first demo mission of SpaceX’s manned Dragon capsule.

I am speculating, but I suspect that they will be announcing the launch schedule for both this manned mission as well the launch abort test that must precede it.

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3 comments

  • Scott M.

    Elon just tweeted that he’d reviewed the current plan and that the in-flight abort test should be ~10 weeks from now. So mid-December, if all goes well.

    Interestingly, that was in response to a tweet from Eric Berger of Ars Technica. Eric claimed to have an inside source that claimed NASA is in ‘full panic mode’ since Commercial Crew might not be flying in the first half of 2020.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Could be that the investigation into the April 20 D2 explosion is now complete and the official conclusions will be released, though that would probably be anti-climactic at this point. One hopes a reasonably precise forecast of dates for the in-flight abort test of Crew D2 and of the Demo-2 mission to ISS – including whether it will be a quick up-and-down or an extended mission – is also forthcoming.

    If the event was open to the public, I’d go as I live near the Hawthorne plant, but I see from the NASA press release that it’s going to be for accredited media only.

  • Dick Eagleson: At some point in the future I hope Behind the Black will become big enough that I could arrange to have you go as my accredited reporter.

    We have not reached that point yet unfortunately.

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