NASA today published a press release announcing a new date for the crewed launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the ISS. The Crew-1 was originally slated to launch in late October, but in early October, the Falcon 9 rocket on another mission malfunctioned and the manned capsule dispatch was delayed pending clarification of the malfunction.
Tomorrow NASA will hold a teleconference in which it will talk about the investigation into the causes of the failure in the gas generators of the first stage engines of the Falcon 9, which led to the cancellation of the original date of the Crew-1 mission. The Crew-1 mission was supposed to be the first regular dispatch of the ISS duty crew shift. The new launch date for the mission is Saturday, November 14 at 7:49 pm US East Coast time. We will have it already earlier in the morning of Sunday 15 November at 03:49 Moscow time.
Astronauts from the United States, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Soichi Noguchi, will be sent to the ISS as part of the shift. Apart from Crew Dragon’s first and largely training manned flight to the ISS at the end of May, the launch of the Crew-1 manned mission on November 14 will be the first independent manned flight in the United States in nine years.
The use of the Crew Dragon capsule for four astronauts will increase the number of crew members on the ISS from six to seven. This will add man-hours to carry out experiments in space.
The Crew-1 mission will begin a few days after NASA’s Sentinel-6 mission on SpaceX Falcon 9, scheduled for November 10, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This will be a kind of test launch before a manned mission, confirming the reliability of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
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