SpaceX is forging forward with preparations for its upcoming NASA astronaut mission, presently slated for a late Oct launch.
The spacecraft made the journey from SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and is now being processed at organization facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station. Crew-1 will elevate off from NASA’s close by Kennedy Area Center no previously than Oct. 23 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The initially stage of that rocket has been in Florida considering the fact that July. The higher stage is at SpaceX’s facility in McGregor, Texas, where it performed a “static fire” check on Tuesday, NASA officials claimed. (Static fires are program trials in which a rocket fires up although remaining tethered to the ground.)
Crew-1 is the first operational crewed mission that SpaceX will fly to the station for NASA beneath a $2.6 billion agreement that Elon Musk’s firm signed with the agency in 2014. The flight will carry four astronauts: NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese spaceflyer Soichi Noguchi.
SpaceX by now has one particular crewed mission under its belt — the the latest 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 six months, the standard stint for astronauts on the station.
Like SpaceX, Boeing holds a professional crew deal with NASA, which the aerospace large will fulfill employing a capsule named CST-100 Starliner. Starliner is not but all set to fly astronauts the spacecraft will have to initial ace an uncrewed examination flight to the station, a mission scheduled to take put later this 12 months.
Starliner tried using this exam flight at the time in advance of, in December 2019, but endured a glitch in its onboard timing process and received stranded in an orbit too small to allow a meetup with the station.
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