NASA has announced that it will launch the next SpaceX crew dragon spacecraft on November 14 amid reviews of recent engine problems with the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft will carry four astronauts to the International Space Station for a six-month plan.
The successful crew dragon follows “Demo 2”Two astronauts were flown in and out of the lab complex, and NASA managers began the crew-1 mission ready to carry the working astronauts forward.
But the flight was delayedThe SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on October 2 after a turbopump malfunction with one or more engines.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, did not provide any details other than the tweet that the abortion was caused by an unexpected increase in pressure in the first stage engine turbopump machinery.
In the midst of troubleshooting bug fixes, SpaceX moved forward with three launches of the company., All succeeded.
NASA managers plan to hold a media teleconference on Wednesday to discuss plans for the crew-1 launch following the suspension of the launch. The agency said in a statement that the Falcon 9 Merlin engines had recently been tested.
The crew-1 aircraft will follow another Falcon 9 launch on November 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The pilot mission will fly after a comprehensive review of the launch vehicle performance.
Crew-1 Commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Sochi Noguchi are on board. Hopkins, Walker and Noguchi are astronauts, while Glover says his first flight.
The lift from the historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for EST at 7:49 p.m., with an automated rendezvous set up and docking on the space station’s forward port eight hours later, the next morning at 4 p.m.
NASA expects Space Agency’s crew dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner to end the agency’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to transport U.S. and partner astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
When astronaut Kate Rubins and the agency’s last contracted Soyuz seat were used by her and astronauts Sergei Raishikov and Sergei Kud-SverkovDocking at the station three hours later, on October 14 in Kazakhstan. Rubins’ seat on the Soyuz MS-17 / 63S spacecraft is worth $ 90 million to NASA.