Earlier this year, Crew-1, SpaceX’s first operational manned mission with NASA, was delayed from August to September. Then, a new postponement established that the mission would not happen until October 23. In a new statement, NASA now informs that the mission is due to launch on October 31 for Elon Musk’s company to take the next astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
The new date was set to give impetus to the operations of the Soyuz mission, which will launch on October 14 and will take Kate Rubins, astronaut, and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkove. The landing of the mission will bring back Chris Cassidy, NASA astronaut, and Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. In addition, the space agency also points out that this additional time is important for the completion of work in progress both on the ground and on board the station before the ship’s arrival.
The update also brings some benefits to the mission planning: SpaceX continues to advance in the preparations for the Crew Dragon vehicle and the Falcon 9 rocket, so the new deadline gives the team more time to finalize any adjustments. This increase will also provide a good window of opportunity to carry out additional tests to isolate the laboratory atmosphere leaks – which do not pose risks to the crew, it is worth remembering.
Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will fly the Crew Dragon with the Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center launch complex. , and will spend six months in the orbital laboratory. This launch will be the first in which an international crew will fly aboard a US-owned and certified NASA rocket and spacecraft.
Crew-1 will be the first of at least six operational missions that SpaceX will launch to the ISS under the contract signed with NASA. However, this mission is not SpaceX’s first manned flight – this title goes to Demo-2, which took NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley for a two-month stay on the ISS.
Source: NASA, Space.com
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