NASA has announced that the planned SpaceX Crew-1 manned mission will be delayed until early or mid-November. Ultimately, the mission will deliver three NASA American astronauts and one Japanese astronaut to the International Space Station.
According to a statement from the space agency, the six-month mission, originally scheduled for October 31, has been postponed to give time to resolve problems with the gas generators of the engines on the first stage of the Falcon 9. When the launch takes place, Americans Michael Hopkins will fly aboard SpaceX’s first operational mission to the ISS. Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Soichi Noguchi.
We’re now targeting NET early-to-mid November for launch of @NASA‘S SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the @Space_Station… The extra time will allow SpaceX to resolve an unexpected observation during a recent non-NASA launch attempt. More: https://t.co/sheWOD74m6 pic.twitter.com/YLq1Tb4LfN
– Kathy Lueders (@KathyLueders) October 10, 2020
Crew-1 is one of six planned missions to the ISS that private company SpaceX is going to carry out under a contract with NASA, concluded in 2014. The work is carried out as part of the Commercial Crew Program, which aims to promote the development of private space shuttles.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon’s first manned flight, Demo-2, was a test mission in which NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were flown to the ISS in May and stayed at the station for 2 months. Crew Dragon returned safely to Earth on August 2, providing NASA with the data necessary to approve regular flights to and from the ISS with people on board.
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