SpaceX is forging ahead with preparations for its next NASA astronaut mission, at this time slated for a late Oct launch.
The spacecraft built the journey from SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and is now getting processed at company amenities at Cape Canaveral Air Power Station. Crew-1 will carry off from NASA’s close by Kennedy Place Centre no earlier than Oct. 23 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The 1st stage of that rocket has been in Florida considering the fact that July. The upper stage is at SpaceX’s facility in McGregor, Texas, where it executed a “static fireplace” take a look at on Tuesday, NASA officials mentioned. (Static fires are regimen trials in which a rocket fires up although remaining tethered to the ground.)
Crew-1 is the initially operational crewed mission that SpaceX will fly to the station for NASA underneath a $2.6 billion contract that Elon Musk’s company signed with the company in 2014. The flight will carry 4 astronauts: NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese spaceflyer Soichi Noguchi.
SpaceX currently has one particular crewed mission underneath its belt — the current Demo-2 examination flight, which despatched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the orbiting lab for a two-thirty day period remain. Crew-1 will very last about six months, the common stint for astronauts on the station.
Like SpaceX, Boeing holds a industrial crew contract with NASA, which the aerospace giant will fulfill applying a capsule termed CST-100 Starliner. Starliner is not however all set to fly astronauts the spacecraft must 1st ace an uncrewed check flight to the station, a mission scheduled to just take put later on this year.
Starliner experimented with this check flight once ahead of, in December 2019, but suffered a glitch in its onboard timing procedure and bought stranded in an orbit as well reduced to let a meetup with the station.
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