“The new target date will prevent the crew-1 launch and arrival from the upcoming Soyuz launch and landing operation. Before crew-1 arrives, additional time is required to close all open work, to land on the station and to board the station. The increased vacancy will also provide a good window of opportunity to conduct additional tests to isolate station atmosphere leakage if necessary. SpaceX has continued progress on the preparation of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket, and the adjusted date allows teams additional time to complete open work before launch. “
The mission will take NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Jaxi’s Soichi Noguchi to the ISS. Will stay there for six months. SpaceX delivered the crew dragon spacecraft that would be used for this flight to Cape Canaveral, Florida in August. The capsule will launch on Halloween at approximately 2:40 pm Eastern time on top of the Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center launch complex 39A.
NASA says it is in the final stages of data reviews required for the company’s certification after Demo-2. It will broadcast a series of media briefings to provide updates about the certification process and to talk about the Crew-1 mission starting on September 29, 11 am-11pm.
NEWS: We are now aiming for a launch at 2:40 am ET on Saturday, October 31 @NASA And @SpaceX Crew-1 mission to send astronauts @ Space base. Here is the latest #LaunchAmerica Update: https://t.co/UXtCHLq247 pic.twitter.com/szkUUQMVv1
– Kathy Lieders (@cathylighters) September 29, 2020