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Available Expert - SpaceX prepares to blast off in historic launch

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Queen’s University space expert and PhD candidate Connor Stone (Astrophysics) is available to comment on the launch of Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 rocket ship. It is the first private crewed spaceflight to go to the International Space Station. The launch is set to take place in Florida May 27th.

“This launch is significant in several ways. It's the first manned spacecraft launched from the USA in almost a decade. While the cost has not been released, it is expected that SpaceX will be able to deliver flights for a fraction of the cost of its predecessors as they have already done with cargo flights” says Stone.

Scientists have noted that the this public-private partnership will bring the United States back in the business of spaceflight. It will carry two Americans as test pilots, both veterans of previous space shuttle missions. “We are going to learn if SpaceX is ready to take the next step as a launch provider” says Stone.  The astronauts will remain in space for up to three months while mission managers evaluate the spaceship’s performance.


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