SpaceX’s next crewed mission won’t start next month soon after all.
Crew-1, which will send 4 astronauts to the Worldwide Place Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, experienced been tentatively specific for Aug. 30. But the flight will now raise off from NASA’s Kennedy Room Heart in Florida “no earlier than late September,” agency officers wrote in an update these days (July 22).
SpaceX still has a crewed mission underway — Demo-2, a check flight that released NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley towards the ISS on Might 30. Demo-2 is established to wrap up with an Atlantic Ocean splashdown on Aug. 2, weather and wave circumstances permitting.
Demo-2 was built to present that SpaceX is all set to start off operational crewed missions to the ISS with Crew Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket. Elon Musk’s company holds a $2.6 billion deal with NASA’s Professional Crew Plan to fly at minimum six such contracted missions, the 1st of which will be Crew-1. The coming mission will be cleared for liftoff only just after a thorough assessment of Demo-2 data, SpaceX and NASA officials have explained.
Crew-1 will carry four spaceflyers to and from the ISS: NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi. The quartet will commit about six months aboard the orbiting lab, which is the regular ISS stint. Behnken and Hurley, by distinction, are receiving just a two-month orbital stay on Demo-2.
Boeing retains a NASA industrial crew deal as perfectly, which the enterprise will satisfy applying a capsule named CST-100 Starliner. Starliner isn’t all set to fly astronauts yet, even so. The spacecraft ought to initially refly an uncrewed test mission to the ISS, after failing to hook up with the orbiting lab as prepared all through its 1st try this previous December. The make-up mission will possible launch later this year, NASA officials have stated.
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