SpaceX, NASA Delay Astronaut Mission Launch

Katie Ramirez
October 14, 2020

NASA's next mission with SpaceX will launch "no sooner than early-to-mid November", the agency announced Saturday.

During launch mission briefings, NASA and SpaceX representatives expressed confidence in Crew Dragon. NASA said that upcoming missions would rely on Falcon 9 launches.

NASA and SpaceX's Crew-1 has been delayed due to "off-nominal" behavior from the Falcon 9.

This is not the first time SpaceX's first executive, Crew-1, has been delayed from a contract astronaut for NASA. It's unclear exactly what went wrong with the rocket's first-stage engine gas generators.

"The groups are actively working this discovering on the engines, and we ought to be quite a bit smarter inside the coming week", Kathy Lueders, affiliate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, stated in an announcement. If successful, it's safe to say that SpaceX will firmly solidify its position as the only spaceflight company on Earth truly capable of doing it all - from affordable and reusable rocket launches, crewed spaceflight, and space station resupply missions to orbital tourism and more. The Crew-1 mission will carry NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover besides Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the ISS.

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SpaceX Stopped scheduled launch On October 2, a gas generator on its Falcon 9 rocket unexpectedly increased pressure. Prior to Demo-2, Crew Dragon completed what both NASA and SpaceX deemed an nearly unbelievably flawless uncrewed launch debut in March 2019.

As part of NASA's Business Group program, SpaceX will launch at least six planned ISS.

"With the high tempo of missions SpaceX does, it really gives us incredible insight into this trading system and helps us make informed decisions about the state of our missions". The trio is heading for the base about a month before SpaceX's next crew dragon launch, which will carry another four astronauts on the ISS in mid-November. The crew-1 astronauts have named the spacecraft "Resilience" to highlight the dedication and the hard work the team has put in together to demonstrate that if we work together, there is no limit so as to what we can accomplish.

The crew will head to the ISS where they will integrate with Expedition 64 astornaut Kate Rubins as well as Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov. They also will conduct a variety of spacewalks and welcome crews of the Russian Soyuz vehicle and the next SpaceX Crew Dragon in 2021. The SpaceX rover was created to last 210 days during docking with the International Space Station, with the solar panels meeting NASA predictions during the Beta 2 launch. Their arrival on SpaceX's new passenger vehicle will bring the total population of the ISS to seven - a larger cohort than usual for the ISS, which has typically held six-person crews since the end of the Space Shuttle program.

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