SpaceX Set To Launch Astronauts In Spring 2021 Mission

Pablo Tucker
July 31, 2020

Mr. Bob Bejnken, who flew SpaceX's Dragon Crew spacecraft last month, is now aboard the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough will join JAXA's Akihiko Hoshide and ESA's Thomas Pesquet on that flight, which will follow Crew-1, now scheduled for sometime in late September after Demo-2 concludes.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the space station.

Pesquet spent six months at the ISS between November 2016 and June 2017 as part of Expedition 50/51, during which the crew made six spacewalks and launched 36 nanosatellites.


A successful end to the Demo-2 mission this weekend would restore the US's human spaceflight capabilities for the first time since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.

All four Crew-2 astronauts are space veterans who have been to the ISS multiple times.

Five individuals are as of now ready the ISS: Two Russian cosmonauts and NASA's Chris Cassidy, Douglas Hurley, and Behnken, The last two showed up at the space station in May in the wake of directing SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule on its historic journey.

The Crew Dragon-2 mission is expected to launch with the selected astronauts in 2021.


The movie is timed just forward of the scheduled return of the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission. They'll don them again later this week for the return trip.

She previously flew in the space shuttle Atlantis on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. Shane Kimbrough has flown to the ISS twice - once aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and once aboard a Soyuz rocket.

Dr McArthur is an oceanographer who will be making her second voyage into space.

This will be Kimbrough's third trip to space and his second long-duration stay at the space station. SpaceX shared an within seem at the spacesuit layout in a video released Monday that features some insight into 1 of the most obvious parts of the Crew Dragon mission. Kimbrough had joined NASA in 2000 and has completed 189 total days in space. Pesquet, an astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA), spent 196 days in space following a Soyuz launch.


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