SpaceX ships upgraded cargo spacecraft to Florida for first orbital Dragon rendezvous
Oct 15 2020
Nasa has delayed the launch of the Crew-1 to at least early to mid-November as some extra time was required by SpaceX to finish evaluating the "off-nominal-behaviour" of a Falcon 9 rocket during a private flight.
Additional upcoming NASA missions rely on the Falcon 9 for launch. Initially, the launch was scheduled on October 31st, Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This is not the first time SpaceX's first executive, Crew-1, has been delayed from a contract astronaut for NASA. The launch was aborted prior to take off, which CEO Elon Musk went on to explain on Twitter was the result of unexpected pressure build up in the turbomachinery gas generator, which powers the rocket's Merlin engines.
Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, stated that both organizations have a strong working relationship, therefore, that gives them the security of conducting space missions as well as giving them a vision of the system. commercial during specialized projects in space.
NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 is the first crew rotation mission with four astronauts flying on a commercial spacecraft, and the first including an worldwide partner, the agency said earlier. Demo-2 is how the mission was called, and it was meant to validate the rocket-capsule assembly for crewed flight. The partially reusable launch vehicle is the backbone of SpaceX's entire launch portfolio. SpaceX is using a new Falcon 9 mission booster, which NASA will also use to guide astronauts on its second CCP mission.
It should be noted, the Crew-1 mission is a strategic test for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. "The teams are actively working this finding on the engines, and we should be a lot smarter within the coming week".
No matter when the launch will take place, NASA and SpaceX's Crew-1 mission remains the same, with the plans to send NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as the Japan Aerosoace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Soichi Noguchi to the ISS aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft aptly dubbed Resilience.
After launch, Crew Dragon will perform a series of maneuvers culminating with rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station. NASA hoped they would be ready a year ago, but when more delays seemed imminent, the space agency purchased the last Soyuz seat.
SpaceX retired the historic vehicle after it completed its 21st successful orbital launch and landing in April 2020, less than two months before Crew Dragon lifted off on an even more historic astronaut launch debut. The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft flew NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzykov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov three hours east of Kazakhstan's Bekonur Cosmodrome at 1:45 a.m. October 14.