NASA and SpaceX have set a specific date for Crew-1, the first full-time mission to get people to the ISS on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Crew-1 will bring into orbit Shannon Walker, Victor Oliver, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi, and will be the first regular Dragon spacecraft mission after certification and completion. development and testing programs.
The final milestone in the certification process was the Demo-2 mission launched on May 30 with Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. Although both astronauts completed this mission with a successful return to Earth earlier this month, it was technically still part of the Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket testing process as part of certification for manned space travel. And regular missions will begin with Crew-1.
NASA reported that the date at the end of October (previously discussed at the end of September) was chosen so as not to interfere with the upcoming Soyuz spacecraft mission to the ISS, as well as the departure of the current crew of the space station. The agency is also awaiting a full review of Crew Dragon’s data and test parameters as part of the Demo-2 mission, which has definitely gone pretty much as planned, but which will still be closely scrutinized by NASA and SpaceX to pinpoint the smallest problems.
If the detailed data check is successful and Crew-1 flies in October, then next spring the Crew-2 mission should take place to the International Space Station, during which four more cosmonauts will be sent to replace Crew-1 specialists in orbit.
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