SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Prepares For February 27 Flight
Sultan Al-Neyadi from the United Arab Emirates will join Crew-6 astronauts to travel to the International Space Station for a six month mission.
The SpaceX Dragon astronaut shuttle Endeavour has been positioned at launch pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as engineers prepare for this weekend’s scheduled flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
Crew-6 Dragon arrives at LC-39A ahead of flight pic.twitter.com/QhAKqPFl6t
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At 1:45 AM EDT (06:45 GMT) on February 27th, Endeavour will blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to commence the Crew-6 mission. Crew-6 is a team of four astronauts who will travel to the International Space Station for around 6 months and is composed of Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, US astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg from NASA, and UAE’s astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi.
When Al-Neyadi’s trip to the ISS is complete, he’ll become the first Arab astronaut to complete an extended stay at the station, beating Hazzaa Ali Almansoori’s 2019 eight-day mission.
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Endeavour will dock with the ISS on the morning of February 29th. After that, another Dragon spacecraft will return to earth with outgoing NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, Japan’s Koichi Wakata, and Russia’s Anna Kikinapa.
The Crew-6 mission will be the Endeavour spacecraft’s fourth trip to the ISS. SpaceX’s first crewed trip took place in 2020, followed by Crew-2 in 2021 and Ax-1 in April 2022, the first privately crewed journey to the ISS.
NEOM Airlines Is Saudi Arabia’s New, Tech-Centric Carrier
The airline will embrace advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, and utilize high-tech propulsion systems by 2026.
Opening in 2025, NEOM is a $500 billion Saudi Arabian smart city that will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Now, Saudi authorities have announced that the futuristic metropolis will also be served by its own dedicated carrier — NEOM Airlines.
The service will begin operating in 2024 and embrace advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence and biometric check in. Aircraft will fly to and from NEOM Bay before moving to the soon-to-be-built NEOM International Airport.
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NEOM Airlines will focus on tourist, commercial, and residential travel and incorporate plenty of cutting-edge technology. Klaus Goersch, the airline’s CEO, revealed that existing aircraft will be retrofitted with existing technology on launch, but by 2026, an ultra-modern fleet will be in operation, “whether electric, hydrogen-powered, or supersonic”.
As well as modern, low-emissions power airplanes, NEOM aircraft will also be fitted with sleek, modern interiors, 6G Wi-Fi, large screens for every seat, plus gaming and chat technology.