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Japanese astronaut to join first operational Crew Dragon flight in August

  • May 27, 2020
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NHK reported this morning that on the eve of the first manned test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft developed by SpaceX, a private American company, NASA Administrator Bridenstine announced at a press conference held at the Kennedy Space Center that if the launch is successful, the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon will take place on Aug. 30 with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on board. The network said the NASA administrator stressed the significance of a spacecraft developed by a private firm transporting crew members to the International Space Station (ISS), saying that this marks “a new era in spaceflight.” The network added that the first test flight of the Crew Dragon carrying two American astronauts to the ISS will take place at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday Japan time.

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