NASA delays October 31 launch of SpaceX to carry US, Japan astronauts
Oct 14 2020
Significantly, SpaceX did not offer any launch targets in its CRS-11 update, although NASA's planning documents - prior to the recent Crew-1 delay - stated that the mission was scheduled to launch NET on November 22.
"We're now targeting [not earlier than] early-to-mid November for launch of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the Space Station", NASA's Associate Administrator Kathy Leuders posted Saturday on Twitter. NASA previously delayed the launch from october 23 to october 31 to provide more time to wrap up certification work of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
But on October 1, NASA released a statement on the Crew-1 mission, noting a new target of "no sooner than early-to-mid November".
The work was previously scheduled for October 31 at 2:40 p.m.
The extra time will allow SpaceX to resolve an unexpected observation during a recent non-NASA launch attempt, said the mission leader. The rocket's gas generators exhibited unusual behavior, although NASA said in a statement that it did not specify what was wrong. That mission will also use a new Falcon 9 first stage.
When it does launch, American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, plus Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will be aboard SpaceX's first operational crewed mission to the ISS. The four astronauts are expected to come back in spring 2021.
NASA says it may have more information about the engine problem in a few days. She said an investigation into the problem is ongoing "and we should be a lot smarter within the coming week". Prior to Demo-2, Crew Dragon in March 2019 seemed to be the start of an nearly incredibly flawless unveiling for both NASA and SpaceX. Commander of the Hopkins Mission, Clover Pilot and appointed Walker and Nokuchi Mission Specialists.
Also, the crew members will be conducting spacewalks. Noguchi is the most experienced member of the team: He has flown on Russia's Soyuz capsule and the US Space Shuttle. When the rocket goes beyond the Earth's atmosphere, its first stage will detach from the spaceship. The rocket's second stage will ultimately propel the ship into orbit toward the ISS. They will stay on the ISS for approximately six months.
During their presence in the orbiting lab, the astronauts of the Crew-1 will get to see many unpiloted aircrafts.
Much is riding on Crew-1.
As part of NASA's Business Group program, SpaceX will launch at least six planned ISS.
Regardless of nonetheless being a startup, SpaceX has set for itself an aggressive schedule of launch cadences because it competes with greater companies. Up to 90 million for a seat.
The current ISS crew of NASA's Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos' Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will leave the station one week later, returning to Earth on the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft. NASA and SpaceX have never confirmed the arrival, but the Crew Dragon Capsule C-207 probably arrived in Florida in late August or early September, where teams prepared and processed the spacecraft for final inspection and close procedures.