SpaceX wants Crew Dragon flights to the space station with NASA to be a habit
SpaceX intends to make astronaut transfers from the International Space Station (ISS) a normal part of NASA operationswith the Crew-1 mission, the first rotational flight of the ISS crew, which will begin on Sunday, March 15. November.
The launch, originally scheduled for Saturday, was delayed due to ground winds and potential problems with recovery operations.
SpaceX’s groundbreaking Demo-2 mission delivered two NASA astronauts safely to the ISS in May. It was heartbreaking and exciting when humans were able to get a taste of Crew Dragon for the first time.
Crew-1 will follow in the footsteps of that successful mission with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Crew-1 will bring NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker , along with Soichi Noguchi from the Japanese space agency JAXA, to the ISS for a six-month stay. The crew named the spacecraft “Resilience.”
NASA will broadcast the launch live on Sunday and provide ongoing coverage of the mission, including docking, hatch opening and welcome ceremony.
Takeoff is scheduled for 7:27 pm EST, 4:27 pm PST, although coverage will begin about an hour earlier.
For information on NASA TV, schedules and links to video streaming, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/live
NASA announced Crew Dragon as “the first newly manned spacecraft certified by NASA for regular flights with astronauts from the space shuttle nearly 40 years ago,” in a statement Tuesday.
SpaceX tweeted dramatic photos showing the Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 upright on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center earlier in the week.
The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock at the space station around 11 p.m. EST on Monday, November 16. Launch, pre-launch and docking activities will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.