NASA’s grand experiment to turn over low-Earth-orbit (LEO) crew transportation services to private companies reaches a critical milestone on March 2, with the launch of SpaceX’s first Dragon 2 capsule for a six-day trial run to the International Space Station (ISS.) No crew will be aboard for Demo Mission-1 (DM-1), which is scheduled to lift off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 2:49 a.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. “This is more than a ...

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