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JetBlue lawsuit claims pilots drugged three crew members and raped two

JetBlue lawsuit claims pilots drugged three crew members and raped twoA lawsuit claims that two JetBlue pilots drugged three crew members during a Puerto Rico layover, with one pilot allegedly raping two crew members.



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SpaceX's Crew Dragon test flight gets through the toughest bit without issue

SpaceX's Crew Dragon test flight gets through the toughest bit without issueSpaceX sent its Crew Dragon capsule skyward on Saturday for a crucial test of its ability to carry human passengers. Now, slightly more than 24 hours later, the next phase of the test has played out. It went well. The Crew Dragon capsule, designated Demo-1, was able to successfully dock with the International Space Station at roughly 3:00 a.m. ET. Although there was no crew aboard this time, SpaceX's reusable capsule is designed to carry up to seven astronauts to and from Earth's orbit. SEE ALSO: SpaceX kicks off a 'new era in spaceflight' with the Crew Dragon launch The company has been sending an earlier version of its capsule to the ISS for a number of years, but in those instances the space station's robotic arm has helped the smaller vehicle successfully dock. For this test, the Crew Dragon's own navigational system handled the docking procedure — and it happened without issue. Capture confirmed! After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon spacecraft successfully attached to the @Space_Station via “soft capture” at 5:51am ET while the station was traveling just north of New Zealand. Watch: t.co/oJKHgK8eV7 pic.twitter.com/xO1rU5cAMM — NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2019 Listen to those cheers. Once the capsule docked, the three-person crew aboard the ISS — all of whom were prepared to evacuate during the docking procedure if something went wrong — opened it up to greet Ripley, the sensor-laden dummy that flew in alongside 400 pounds of supplies and a plush Earth doll. The capsule will remain at the ISS for another five days. The hatch is open! At 8:07am ET, crew members aboard our orbiting laboratory opened the hatch between @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon spacecraft and the @Space_Station. Watch: t.co/oJKHgK8eV7 pic.twitter.com/NKFisziToV — NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2019 .@AstroAnnimal welcomes humans aboard the first @SpaceX #CrewDragon to visit the station and introduces two special guests, Ripley and Little Earth, ushering in the era of @Commercial_Crew. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/QqzEEgDWzt — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 3, 2019 As NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine pointed out on Saturday, the SpaceX test represents a "new era" for American space travel. Astronauts in the U.S. have been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets since NASA's fleet was retired in 2011, but those seats are costly. SpaceX's Crew Dragon (and Boeing's similar Starliner capsule) present an alternative, having been developed under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Space travel is still a costly endeavor, but these capsules were developed in partnership with NASA and the price of a seat is about $ 30 million cheaper. With the successful launch and docking procedure now behind it, only one important test remains for SpaceX's test flight: the return trip. Demo-1 will detach from the ISS on Friday, March 8, and begin the quick journey back to Earth.  It's expected to touch down in the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere off the coast of Florida near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. If that final phase of the test goes well, NASA astronauts could be heading into space aboard non-NASA rockets as soon as summer 2019. WATCH: Elon Musk says Mars round trip could cost only $ 100,000 one day



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SpaceX kicks off a 'new era in spaceflight' with the Crew Dragon launch

SpaceX kicks off a 'new era in spaceflight' with the Crew Dragon launchIt's been a momentous Saturday for SpaceX, and for the future of crewed voyages into space. At 2:49 a.m. ET, the American aerospace company founded by Elon Musk staged its first launch of Crew Dragon. It's big news because this is the first time a commercial interest has launched a spacecraft that was built to carry humans. LIFTOFF! The next big leap in a new chapter of U.S. human spaceflight systems has left the pad. @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon demo flight will be the 1st commercially-built & operated American spacecraft designed for humans to dock at the @Space_Station. Watch: t.co/Fm5NQSfAXJ pic.twitter.com/YoiOf67kQL — NASA (@NASA) March 2, 2019 SEE ALSO: SpaceX launches moon lander, lands booster despite tough conditions American spaceflight has traditionally been the domain of NASA, but the past decade has seen a gradual shift toward having commercial interests share the responsibility. SpaceX and Boeing are leading that charge, so the successful Crew Dragon launch represents a major milestone moment. It's still just a first step, however. Although the Dragon capsule itself is designed to carry a crew of up to seven astronauts skyward, the one that launched on Saturday — Demo-1 is its designation — is more of a test run: it's carrying a few hundred pounds of cargo, plus a sensor-filled dummy named "Ripley." NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine hailed the launch as a "new era in spaceflight."  He added: "We are looking forward to being one customer of many customers in a robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit, so we can drive down costs and increase access in ways that, historically, have not been possible."  The cost savings Bridenstine mentioned are very real. After NASA retired its shuttle fleet in 2011, the U.S. has relied on Russia to bring astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Hitching a ride on a Russian Soyuz rocket costs roughly $ 80 million per seat, compared to the $ 51 million cost to fly on a SpaceX or Boeing vehicle. Bridenstine's comments don't make it very clear, but NASA is closely involved with the U.S. development of commercial spaceflight. The agency's influence shapes various aspects of third-party planning, including design, safety, and funding, under its Commercial Crew Program. Now that Demo-1 is in space, the next phase of its mission begins. Early on Sunday morning, the capsule will dock with the ISS to drop off its cargo. After that, Demo-1 will detach and begin its return trip to Earth. Assuming everything goes well for Demo-1, the first Crew Dragon launch to carry actual humans into space could come as soon as summer 2019. WATCH: This space harpoon could be a solution to our growing space junk problem



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Watch SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon launch to the ISS live right here

Watch SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon launch to the ISS live right hereSpaceX's Crew Dragon — the first crew-capable spacecraft the company has ever produced — is about to be tested in a big way. The very first demonstration mission is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning at 2:49 a.m. EST, and you can watch it live right here. This week, NASA and SpaceX revealed that Crew Dragon had met all the requirements and been cleared for its test flight to the International Space Station this weekend. The mission is incredibly important for both SpaceX and NASA, but you're going to have to get up pretty darn early in the morning to see it take off. SpaceX describes the upcoming event as follows: > SpaceX is targeting Saturday, March 2 for launch of Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight without crew on board the spacecraft is intended to demonstrate SpaceX’s capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.The Commercial Crew Program is a very big deal for NASA. The agency has put all their eggs in two baskets, so to speak, and they're betting big on both SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner to regularly shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA's agreement with the Russian space program Roscomos is rapidly coming to an end, and without a new agreement in place or crew-capable spacecrafts of its own, NASA astronauts would have no presence aboard the orbiting laboratory. Needless to say, there's a lot riding on this demonstration and NASA is hoping that SpaceX knocked it out of the park. The YouTube video above will go live shortly before the mission is scheduled to begin. The launch window is instantaneous, meaning that if something goes wrong or the weather isn't perfect, we wont' be waiting around to see if things change. If everything isn't perfect and ready to go right at 2:49 a.m. EST, the launch will be pushed back to Tuesday at the earliest.



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U.S. Coast Guard searches for missing cruise crew member

U.S. Coast Guard searches for missing cruise crew memberExactly a month ago, another Royal Caribbean crew member went overboard in the Atlantic, off Puerto Rico, and was never found. A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd was not available for comment early Friday. Neither was a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District, which patrols the Florida coast.



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Norwegian Cruise Line denies claim crew member used passenger's cabin for sex

Norwegian Cruise Line denies claim crew member used passenger's cabin for sexNorwegian Cruise Line on Tuesday denied that a crew member used a British couple's cabin for sex during a recent voyage.



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UK PM May says Russia must release Ukrainian vessels and crew

UK PM May says Russia must release Ukrainian vessels and crewRussia must release the Ukrainian boats and sailors it captured on Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, adding that Britain would continue to push for “appropriate sanctions.” Russia opened fire on the three Ukrainian vessels and then seized them and their crew on Sunday near Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. “This is part of a pattern of Russian behavior. “We have always been at the forefront in the EU of calling for sanctions on Russia in relation to its behavior,” she added.



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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Scheduled For First Test Flight In January

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Scheduled For First Test Flight In JanuaryNASA has officially set the date for the first test flight of SpaceX’s new generation Crew Dragon capsule. Dubbed DM-1, the first demonstration mission of the Crew Dragon astronaut pod is scheduled to take place in less than two months and will lift off on January 7, NASA announced yesterday. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the first test flight of the Crew Dragon will be an unmanned trip to the International Space Station (ISS).



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Argentinian submarine wreck found a year after going missing with 44 crew members on board

Argentinian submarine wreck found a year after going missing with 44 crew members on boardA submarine that disappeared a year ago with 44 crew members on board has been found around 800m deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia. The ARA San Juan, an Argentine Navy vessel, was travelling to the coastal city of Mar del Plata on 15 November 2017 when contact with those on board was lost. Crew members only had a seven day supply of air when the San Juan disappeared.



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'We trust our rocket', crew says ahead of first space launch since failure

'We trust our rocket', crew says ahead of first space launch since failureA U.S. astronaut said on Thursday she had full confidence in the safety of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket that will blast a three-person crew into space next month in the first such launch since a rocket failure. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and U.S. and Canadian astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques are due to embark for the International Space Station on Dec. 3 after a similar launch on Oct. 11 ended in an emergency landing. Two minutes into that launch, a rocket failure forced Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague to abort their mission and hurtle back to Earth in a capsule that landed in the Kazakh steppe.



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