NASA delays manned SpaceX mission to space station till November

Pablo Tucker
October 15, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) announced in a blog that the launch of the upcoming Commercial Crew Program (CCP) to the International Space Station (ISS) will be delayed.

The mission was to bring three NASA astronauts and one astronaut from JAXA (Japan's Space Agency) to the International Space Station (ISS). But that successful mission was just a demonstration and the first actual crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, the Crew-1 mission, was set for a late October launch following several delays.

"The teams are actively working this finding on the engines, and we should be a lot smarter within the coming week", she said in a statement. Following the Crew Dragon's post-splashdown analysis, SpaceX acknowledged that the automobile had skilled warmth protect erosion, and the adjustments launched consequently have been examined in NASA's Arc Jet. Cassidy and his cosmonaut crew mates are slated to head back to Earth on October 21st, riding inside the Soyuz capsule that brought them to the space station.

Also, the crew members will be conducting spacewalks.

Today's delay marks the second delay for the Crew 1 mission, which is scheduled to resume manned flights to the International Space Station from the United States.

As a result, Crew-1 slipped to some point from the October 23 and October 31 placeholder release dates to "early to mid-November", but most external sources suggest that mid-to-late November targets are higher.

NASA said the issue with the Crew-1 mission will not delay another Falcon 9 launch, of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Earth observation satellite, scheduled for November 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the Global Positioning System 3 scrub, SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 October 6 carrying 60 Starlink satellites using a booster making its third flight. Since the last flight of the Space Shuttle in 2011, the only way NASA astronauts could get to the station was on Russia's Soyuz rocket.

"With the excessive cadence of missions SpaceX performs, it actually provides us unbelievable perception into this industrial system and helps us make knowledgeable choices in regards to the standing of our missions".

SpaceX's first Crew Dragon aircraft, the TM-2, or Demo-2, was a test mission that brought NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behanken on a two-month voyage to ISS in May. The crew-1 astronauts have named the spacecraft "Resilience" to highlight the dedication and the hard work the team has put in together to demonstrate that if we work together, there is no limit so as to what we can accomplish.

The astronaut mission is to lift off from Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During their presence in the orbiting lab, the astronauts of the Crew-1 will get to see many unpiloted aircrafts.

With the Crew-1 mission now scheduled for later this fall, the astronauts' stay on the ISS will overlap even more with that of the Crew-2 mission, scheduled for spring 2021. (NASA / Joel Kowsky)SpaceX's first astronaut-assisted crew dragon prepares to leave Hawthorne in early 2020.

Crew-1 is one of six projects planned by SpaceX to be sent to the ISS under an agreement with NASA in 2014 as part of a business group plan that brought private sector companies into the USA space program.

It's not known what data or other insights company engineers might have relied on to clear the Starlink rocket and payload, both owned by SpaceX, for launch.

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