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SpaceX video shows Crew Dragon Access arm for astronauts



SpaceX just unveiled the view that astronauts will see as they board a Crew Dragon spaceship.

A new SpaceX video featured on Twitter on Friday (January 25) provides an insight into what NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will see later this year when they first became a Crew Dragon enter for their first manned space flight. The video shows SpaceX's sleek Access Arm – the corridor bridge over which astronauts will board – on NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"View of the Launch Complex 39A and Crew Dragon from the Crew Access Arm," wrote SpaceX representative in the Tweet .

SpaceX is preparing the next unmanned crew dragon test flight next month. Called Demo 1 in February, the flight will start from Pad 39A and meet with the International Space Station before returning to Earth to blast the ocean. This demo-1 Crew Dragon capsule on their Falcon 9 rocket will be visible in the new SpaceX video. The spacecraft appears first in a window to the left of the open end of the arm, then in the passageway. [Take a Walk Through SpaceX’s Crew Dragon]

  This still image from a SpaceX video shows the demo-1 Crew Dragon capsule (center) of the crew arm of the crew at Launch Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The arm provides access to SpaceX Crew Dragon ships on their Falcon 9 rockets.

This still image from a SpaceX video shows the demo-1 Crew Dragon capsule (center) of the crew arm of the crew at Launch Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The arm provides access to SpaceX Crew Dragon ships on their Falcon 9 rockets.

Credit: SpaceX

The crew access arm on SpaceX launch pad 39A is relatively new. SpaceX installed the 85-meter-long arm (25 meters) in August 2018 on the 265-foot (80-meter) plane of the Fixed-Service structure of the Launchpad, during which NASA used its winged orbiters on the pad during the Space Shuttle era reached.

Since 2012, SpaceX launches unchecked Dragon cargo flights to the station for NASA. The first flight of a new type of Dragon spacecraft equipped with life support, emergency start abort and other systems required for support will be the first flight of an astronaut crew.

If all goes well with the demo-1 flight, SpaceX will launch a spacecraft crash test during the flight and follow the first crew date in the summer, SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said. Last August, NASA revealed Behnken and Hurley as the first astronauts to fly on Crew Dragon.

SpaceX is one of two companies hired by NASA to launch astronaut crews to and from the International Space Station. The other company is Boeing, which builds its CST-100 spacecraft Starliner to bring crews to the station. Like SpaceX, Boeing is preparing for the launch of its first unplooded test flight over the next few months. A departure test during the flight and a test flight with crew follow. Boeing's Starliner space capsule will launch on an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance.

E-mail Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com or follow him @tariqjmalik . Follow us @SpaceTotcom and Facebook. Original article on Space.com


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