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Dragon Crew Mission is a Go

As part of their first Crew Dragon mission, the astronauts confirm that they recognize and agree that there are risks involved in using an entirely new spacecraft. However, scientists report the speculation that the risks can be reduced significantly.

Before the mission, NASA had a set of safety measures used as guidelines for the crewed mission. Among them is a ‘loss-of-crew’ merit figure. This regulation is a measure of the likelihood of one or more individuals dying on a spaceship or permanent disability while on a mission – from 1 to 270.

It is challenging, however, for Boeing and SpaceX to fulfill these criteria. This is the concern posed after a series of meetings by the Aerospace Health Advisory Council of the government. According to the council, safety is the main concern for the program

A report from the company’s NASA and both partnering firms that responded shows that the progress realized is made through improving the space shuttle as well as other ‘operative mitigations’ to satisfy the 1 in 270 specifications 

According to Kathy Lueders, the manager of the NASA commercial crew program, the mission aims to satisfy the 1-in-270 obligation from SpaceX to maximize operational power. Fulfilling this objective includes NASA’s coordination with SpaceX to streamline the design. The two partnering agencies also worked on modeling the space shuttle laying special attention on how to mitigate risks and injuries incurred by micrometeoroids and orbital debris.

As the spacecraft currently stands, the team does not have a chance to deal with such a situation. NASA Associate President Steve Jurczyk, while speaking at a press briefing on May 22, said that a big part of a preflight analysis is the assessment and recognition of the risks. The team is aware that there will be residual threats during the ride.

The astronauts who will be operating the project Demo-2, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley said they know the dangers, and they appropriate them. In a May 22 media available, Behnken says that the criterion for the 1-in-270 loss-of-crew is a little lower than the general figures would suggest.

Up until 2015, each astronaut flew into space on separate space flights. The two astronauts have been participating in the program as part of NASA’s commercial team. They recently made it through when NASA chose them as part of the initial team of astronauts to train and work on their commercial crew vehicles for both Boeing and SpaceX. The Demo-2 mission was officially assigned by NASA in August 2018 to Behnken and Hurley.