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Update: NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 prepares for launch
Sunrise from Launch Complex 39A
Sunrise from Launch Complex 39A Credit: NASA (Public Domain)

NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 is set to launch in just 45 minutes. At 2:35 p.m. EDT, the Crew Dragon hatch has been closed, just 15 minutes before the Air Force One carrying Donald Trump flew over the launchpad 39A.

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Everyday Astronaut to livestream NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch
Screenshot of Everyday Astronaut's livestream footage
Screenshot of Everyday Astronaut's livestream footage Credit: Everyday Astronaut via YouTube

Everyday Astronaut's Tim Dodd is providing a livestream of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch on his YouTube channel. Dodd is stationed about 3 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to capture the launch of the first private spacecraft to transport astronauts into low-Earth orbit. The launch will be at 4:33 p.m. EDT.

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NASA and SpaceX are set for launch of SpaceX Demo-2
The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39A.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39A. Credit: Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls (Public Domain)

NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission is set to launch on May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will transport two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station to provide "critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, and landing operations".

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SpaceX raises $346 million a day before of debut astronaut mission
Crew Dragon
Crew Dragon Credit: NASA

SpaceX on Tuesday announced it raised an additional $346.2 million to its current round of financing, totalling $567 million. The closing of this round happens a day before the company launches two American astronauts to the International Space Station.

Valued at around $36 billion, SpaceX remains one of the most valuable non-listed companies in the world.

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NASA astronauts have completed last rehearsal for Wednesday's flight to ISS

With the first crewed space flight from American soil in nine years scheduled for Wednesday, Dough Hurley and Bob Behnken have completed their dress rehearsal. The two astronauts will be the first ones to fly in a SpaceX Falcon rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. The liftoff is scheduled for Wednesday 16:33 EDT (20:33 GMT / 21:33 BST).

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Ariane 6 maiden flight likely delayed to 2021
Artistic view of Ariane 6 rocket with four boosters
Artistic view of Ariane 6 rocket with four boosters Credit: ESA

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) say that their plans for the debut flight of the Ariane 6 launch rocket have been delayed into 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that slowed or halted work on development projects related to the rocket.

Ariane 6 is the long-awaited replacement for the reliable Ariane 5 rocket and planned to be a valid financial competitor to SpaceX.

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NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 to begin on May 27
NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 to begin on May 27
Credit: NASA (Public Domain)

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have been working and training on SpaceX's next-generation human space vehicle. The two astronauts will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket on May 27 from the Launch Complex 39A in Florida that will take them to the International Space Station for an extended stay for the Demo-2 mission. NASA calls this mission a "new era of human spaceflight" and believe it will "not only renew American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil" but it will also "expand the number of crew members on board the station".

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NASA and Tom Cruise allegedly in talks to film aboard Space Station
International Space Station (ISS) in space
International Space Station (ISS) in space Credit: NASA

In a tweet on May 5th, Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, said that he was excited to work with Tom Cruise to shoot an action-adventure movie aboard NASA's International Space Station. "We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.", he added. According to deadline.com, SpaceX is also said to be involved with the project, more details are yet to be announced.

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Nasa has selected three companies to determine which lunar landers will be used

With the Nasa program, named Artemis having the goal to land on the moon by 2024, the space agency has awarded three contracts to private firms in order to determine over the next ten months which solution will be used to close the distance between lunar orbit and the surface. SpaceX has been awarded $135m, Blue Origin $579m and Dynetics $253m.