Trump will travel to Florida to attend historic SpaceX launch in person

Trump will journey to Florida to attend historic SpaceX launch in particular person

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Climate allowing, SpaceX will launch NASA astronauts into area from the U.S. for the primary time in practically a decade on Wednesday. Regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump will journey to Florida to witness the historic launch in particular person. 

SpaceX is planning to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit on Wednesday, Could 27, from the Kennedy Area Heart at Cape Canaveral. The nation hasn’t despatched astronauts into area from U.S. soil since 2011, when Area Shuttle Program ended.

“President Trump is continuous to ship on his promise to reassert American dominance in area,” the White Home stated in a press release to CBS Information confirming the president’s attendance. 

“Our future, past the Earth, shouldn’t be solely a matter of nationwide identification, however a matter of nationwide safety,” Mr. Trump stated within the assertion. 

Mr. Trump has traveled to a number of battleground states within the final month, however this week’s journey might be his first that’s not associated to federal coronavirus response. Vice President Mike Pence additionally plans to attend. 

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken might be aboard the rocket to the Worldwide Area Station. The long-awaited Demo-2 mission marks the ultimate take a look at flight for the spacecraft earlier than it begins common service.  

The launch additionally marks the primary time a non-public firm — versus the nationwide authorities — is sending astronauts to area utilizing a commercially developed spacecraft. “A brand new period of human spaceflight is about to start,” NASA stated in a assertion.

Mr. Trump has made area journey one of many pillars of his administration. He formally established the Area Power, the sixth department of the army, in a protection invoice he signed in December. 

NASA to launch first manned mission to area in practically a decade

Whereas discussing the journey throughout a press convention Friday, the president joked that he want to launch reporters into area “to do away with you for some time.” 

Rocket launches sometimes draw massive crowds, however NASA and SpaceX are each urging spectators to remain house. The area company is providing a digital launch expertise for excited followers, and the customer middle at Kennedy might be closed to the general public.

Nevertheless, native officers are hoping the launch will jump-start the tourism trade, arduous hit by lockdowns. “I am not going to inform Individuals they cannot watch an awesome piece of historical past. I am simply not going to do it,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey informed CBS Miami

“You understand, COVID did drive some adjustments in how we had been conducting our operations and making ready for this mission,” Behnken informed reporters in a teleconference this week. “We as a nation, all throughout the nation … had to determine a solution to nonetheless pull this mission off safely, nonetheless put together for it safely, nonetheless work collectively to perform it, even with all of the constraints.”

“I hope the nation can take a look at this and acknowledge that that is one thing we’re nonetheless going to perform,” he stated. “That is nonetheless one thing that we will achieve success at. And we will do it within the face of the pandemic. … The place there is a will, there is a manner, and … we’re simply proud to be part of it.”