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In a provisional capacity, HEO has assumed the role of Chief Engineer for the first manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS). He will therefore oversee the design, construction and operation of the spacecraft, as well as the mission's first manned and first manned mission. 
Both NASA and SpaceX are flying astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time since NASA pulled out of its space shuttle fleet in 2011. Demo-2, which will send NASA astronauts Bob Wickham, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy on a two-week mission to and from the International Space Station, is scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 1, 2017, aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The manned mission will launch from Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida, the most advanced rocket launch facility in the United States and the only one outside the United States capable of reaching orbit. No missions have been launched from Florida since NASA's space shuttles retired from their fleet after 2011. 
In the historic Demo 2 mission, astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley will launch aboard the Dragon crew on May 27, and astronauts Bob Wickham and Chris Cassidy on July 1, 2017 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket that will lift off from Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida. Demo 2 will be a test flight designed to show SpaceX is capable of safely transporting astronauts to the space station. 
Planet has announced a rideshare launch agreement with SpaceX that confirms plans to put six satellites into orbit for a previously planned Falcon 9 mission to launch more of SpaceX's Starlink broadband satellites. Planet said the first three SkySat satellites will fly aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on July 1, 2017, and three more will take part in another SpaceX mission later this summer. Three Earth-imaging spacecraft from Planet, the company's flagship satellite program, will fly aboard the Dragon to the International Space Station in July 2017. The first of the three "SkySat" satellites will fly on SpaceX's "Starlink" mission, which is scheduled to launch sometime in June from Cape Canaveral spaceport. 
Citing a tropical storm in the recovery zone, SpaceX said Monday that the launch of 60 more Starlink Internet satellites, originally scheduled for this week, has been postponed until after the launch of the company's first manned flight. The storm brought strong winds and rough seas to SpaceX's drone ships, which are needed to position the Falcon 9 rocket, its Dragon spacecraft and the Dragon crew capsule for the mission. SpaceX says it is sticking to its original launch date of July 1, 2017, but the storm could cause delays until then. A Falcon9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 9: 30 am EDT (1230 GMT) on July 2. 
The reusable first stage, scheduled to launch the next Starlink mission, has already flown four times, but this will be the first flight of the company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket since it launched its first mission to the International Space Station in 2009. 
Demo 2 will take NASA astronauts Bob Cernan, Doug Hurley and Jim Lovell to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Victor Glover (left) speaks during the launch of Demo 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA, March 2, 2017. Demo 1, our goal was not to turn the spacecraft into an excellent Bob and Doug machine, but to make sure it was ready for its next mission, "said NASA Space X President and CEO John Grunsfeld. 
The first manned spaceflight in orbit, launched from US soil since NASA's space shuttle fleet retired in July 2011, will be the first mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in more than two decades. 
Since then, NASA has relied exclusively on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to provide taxi services. Falcon 1 launches that did not reach Earth orbit occurred in March 2007 and August 2008, followed by two other failures in July 2009 and July 2010. In September 2008, SpaceX became the first private company to send a liquid-fueled rocket into orbit. Since August of the same year, SpaceX has been on a mission to use funds to build and demonstrate a spaceship that could potentially operate on the ISS once the space shuttle is retired.
Three months later, it was awarded a NASA contract worth more than $1 billion to maintain the ISS. NASA ordered SpaceX - along with others that went to veteran NASA contractors to replace Rocketplane and Kistler - to deliver 20 tons of cargo to the ISS in 2016. SpaceX is viable, and NASA has awarded it two more contracts, one for the next two years and the other for three years after that. 
SpaceX was the first private company to send a spacecraft into low Earth orbit and return it safely. In 2010, it launched its first Falcon 9 rocket, replacing the now defunct Falcon 1, and in 2010 launched its first commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX has since launched two more cargo missions, one in 2013 and another in 2014. 

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