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Jan. 7 date set for first SpaceX unmanned capsule to International Space Station

Jan. 7 date set for first SpaceX unmanned capsule to International Space Station

Science
Nov. 24 (UPI) -- NASA has set a Jan. 7 dated for an sending an unmmanned SpaceX capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station. Crew Dragon's commercial flight will be known as Demo-1 or DM-1, NASA said in a news release earlier this week. Crew Dragon will lift off from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39A launchpad, where the Apollo 11 mission took off for the moon in 1969. SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, now leases the launch pad. In an updated timetable, NASA is planning the first operational mission with commercial crew to take place next June and a second one in December. The Crew Dragon can seat three passengers. A SpaceX competitor, Boeing, is planning an uncrewed Orbital Flight Test next March and a manned flight in August. Both...
Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Business
July 9 (UPI) -- A MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finished its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, U.S. Navy officials said. The crew of the Coronado and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, or VX-1, conducted combat simulations to evaluate the Fire Scout on target identification, intelligence and surface warfare, the results of which will help the Navy decide how best to use the rotorcraft. "The results, lessons learned, and recommendations reported on following this underway test period are absolutely invaluable to the future of the MQ-8C Fire Scout's mission effectiveness and suitability to perform that mission," Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ervin, the lead for the VX-1 unit on Coronado, said in a press release. The VX-1 is the test unit for the F...