- Plans are in place for Elon Musk's Space X to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft into space in May 2020
- A successful in-flight abort (IFA) test was carried out in January and paved the way for the space flight
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that the project is taking place three months earlier than initially planned
Briefly.co.za has learnt that Space X, a private American aerospace manufacturer, has revealed plans of flying actual astronauts into space.
Information available shows that plans are far advanced for the Crew Dragon spacecraft to head to space.
This follows a successful in-flight abort (IFA) test that was conducted in January after the company crossed off all the major milestones needed before flying people.
According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Crew Dragon capsule that would be used to fly astronauts is in track and could go on the mission three months earlier than was initially expected.
Termed as Demo-2, it would be second demonstration mission of the Crew Dragon, after Demo-1, which was without crew, flew in March 2019.
Per a report by techcrunch, the SpaceX spacecraft flew to the International Space Station (ISS), dock with the orbital lab, undock and return safely to Earth with a controlled landing, all using automated processes and without anyone on board.
In other news, the president of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, has reinforced beliefs that the coronavirus could be a thing of the past by April 2020.
According to him, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, expressed optimism that the humid weather April brings could cause a possible disappearance of the virus.
Briefly.co.za understands that the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses tend to retreat when the weather is warm.
Per a report by Business Insider, the virus could return during the next winter after lying low’ during the spring.
Trump’s comments were captured in the course of his interaction with governors at the White House with regard to the virus.
At present, the virus has killed at least 1000 people and infected over 40,000 people in 26 countries since its outbreak in December 2019.
An expert in infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Amesh Adalja, has argued that the four coronaviruses that circulate in people cause mild colds.
Adalja added that cases of the new virus "may temper off as we leave spring and enter summer". S&P Global has also predicted that the outbreak of the coronavirus could be stabilised in April 2020 and there would be no new transmissions in the following month.
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