NASA has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission until early- to mid-November, the company introduced Saturday. The mission ultimately will carry three NASA astronauts and an astronaut from Japan’s JAXA house company to the International Space Station.
Originally scheduled for October 31st, the deliberate six-month mission was delayed to permit time to resolve points with the first-stage engine fuel turbines on the Falcon 9 rocket, NASA stated in a press release. When it does launch, American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, plus Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi can be aboard SpaceX’s first operational crewed mission to the ISS.
Crew-1 is amongst six deliberate missions SpaceX plans to ship to the ISS beneath a contract with NASA, awarded in 2014 as half of the Commercial Crew Program that introduced personal sector corporations into the US house program.
SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon flight, the DM-2, or Demo-2, was a take a look at mission that introduced NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS in May for a two-month go to. The Crew Dragon docked with the ISS and returned safely to Earth on August 2nd, giving NASA the info it wanted to certify common journeys to and from the ISS with astronauts aboard sooner or later.