Postponing the first trip with Crew Dragon from NASA

Pablo Tucker
October 13, 2020

10 the Crew-1 mission, which was scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 in the early morning hours of October 31 from the Kennedy Space Center, will now launch no earlier than early to mid-November.

NASA is pushing the launch back to give SpaceX time to complete hardware testing and data reviews to evaluate 'off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine'.

The Crew-1 mission will take NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the ISS.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is using NASA's last now contracted Soyuz seat next week, joining two Russian cosmonauts for a flight to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-17/63S spacecraft. You'll also do a variety of spacewalks and greet crews from the Russian Soyuz vehicle and the next SpaceX Crew Dragon in 2021.


The astronauts will travel there on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, which they have named Resilience in honour of the dedication of the teams working on the mission.

However, SpaceX did use a different Falcon 9 rocket on October 6 to successfully launch a new batch of Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. The launch was originally scheduled for October 31 at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Its engines will then fire up again to steer the first stage to a predetermined landing site.

"For this critical launch, we're happy to support NASA and any schedule that they need", Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX, said at a September 29 NASA briefing about the Crew-1 mission just after the agency announced the delay to October 31.

"Come launch time, nine Merlin engines will lift the Falcon 9 rocket â€" and SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship â€" off the launch pad.


'The teams are actively working this finding on the engines, and we should be a lot smarter within the coming week'. Gives more time to finalize the certification work of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

When Behnken and Hurley returned from a two month stay on the ISS (pictured), NASA began moving forward with its plans for Crew 1. NASA previously delayed the release from October 23rd to October 31st.

Through its Commercial Crew Program, NASA is also funding the development of a new spaceship from Boeing.

Both the Crew-1 and the Global Positioning System 3 missions are using new Falcon 9 first stages that have not previously launched. The SpaceX spacecraft was created to run for 210 days when docked with the ISS, its solar panels meeting NASA expectations during the Demo-2 launch.


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