NASA Targets Halloween for Next SpaceX Crew Dragon Astronaut Launch

NASA now plans to launch four astronauts on the International Space Station SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft On October 31, a Halloween flight that will mark the first operational use of the capsule after a successful pilot test flight earlier this summer.

The space agency initially aimed for the “Crew 1” mission on 23 October, two Cosmonauts on 14 October and nine days after the launch of NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and two days later Nasser Chris Chris Cassidy and the two Cosmonaut Cruematums return to Earth on October 21, riding on another Soyuz.

The Crew Dragon flight delay on 31 October will allow station crew and flight controllers in the US, Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan to catch their collective breath while allowing extra time to resolve any open issues. .

NASA’s SpaceX Crew 1 astronaut (LR): Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Hopkins, Walker and Noguchi are giants of space flight, while Glover, an iconic military test pilot, is making his debut.


“The new target date will be different from the Crew-1 launch and the upcoming Soyuz launch and landing operations,” NASA said in a blog post. “Prior to the arrival of Crew-1, additional time is required to close all open work on the ground and open space at the station.”

Crew 1 commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi now planned to explode from historic Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on October 31 at 2:40 am is.

The docking at the space station is expected to take place on November 1 around 5 am. He will be welcomed by Rubin and his two comrades, Sergei Rezhikov and Sergei Kud-Savarchkov. Whether they can welcome their new crewmates with any Halloween treats is not yet known.

NASA’s Space Dragon’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Capsules To end the agency’s sole dependence on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for ferry flights to and from the space station.

Since 2006, NASA has spent some $ 4 billion in purchasing Soyuz seats for station-bound NASA astronauts. With NASA taking its currently contracted seat with Rubin, the agency is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to keep the station fully in place for the remainder of its operational life.

Official NASA image of 1 astronaut (left to right) of the crew: Walker, Glover, Hopkins and Noguchi.


SpaceX, under an initial $ 2.6 billion contract, designed a crew version of its Dragon cargo ship that would ride in orbit above the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. Boeing designed its own capsule under a $ 4.2 billion contract, relying on the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to travel to the Orbit launch.

SpaceX successfully took two required test flights of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, an unexpected trip to the station in March 2019, and a pilot with NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behanken. May 30 and they evacuated Returned to earth on 2 August.

Astronauts tell about successful landing…


Boeing launched its Starliner on one Test flight last December, But major software problems ended the mission and a reflight was planned for later this year or early next year. A pilot test flight is expected to take place next spring or summer.

Meanwhile, NASA is counting on SpaceX and its crew dragon to send four astronauts at a time to the space station. Shane Kimbrose, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet planned to explode in late April on a Crew 2 mission, replacing their Crew 1 allies.


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