SpaceX is forging ahead with preparations for its future NASA astronaut mission, now slated for a late Oct launch.
The spacecraft created the excursion from SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and is now staying processed at enterprise amenities at Cape Canaveral Air Pressure Station. Crew-1 will carry off from NASA’s nearby Kennedy Room Center no earlier than Oct. 23 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The to start with phase of that rocket has been in Florida given that July. The upper stage is at SpaceX’s facility in McGregor, Texas, the place it performed a “static fireplace” exam on Tuesday, NASA officials stated. (Static fires are routine trials in which a rocket fires up when remaining tethered to the ground.)
Crew-1 is the initial operational crewed mission that SpaceX will fly to the station for NASA under a $2.6 billion contract that Elon Musk’s enterprise signed with the agency in 2014. The flight will have four astronauts: NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese spaceflyer Soichi Noguchi.
SpaceX now has one crewed mission beneath its belt — the modern Demo-2 exam flight, which sent NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the orbiting lab for a two-month continue to be. Crew-1 will very last about 6 months, the common stint for astronauts on the station.
Like SpaceX, Boeing retains a commercial crew contract with NASA, which the aerospace large will fulfill applying a capsule identified as CST-100 Starliner. Starliner is not yet all set to fly astronauts the spacecraft will have to 1st ace an uncrewed test flight to the station, a mission scheduled to choose put afterwards this year.
Starliner tried out this check flight after just before, in December 2019, but endured a glitch in its onboard timing technique and got stranded in an orbit way too reduced to let a meetup with the station.
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