Mark your calendar
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX officially set the launch date for Crew-1 (this is the first operational “shift” mission involving SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft) on November 14.
The original release date has shifted several times. After successfully completing the Demo-2 mission this summer, NASA temporarily set the date as late August. Further delays postponed it to “no earlier than late September”, then moved to October 23, and then to October 31.
Issues involving the first-stage engine gas generator of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket used to launch the space capsule forced NASA to postpone the date in mid-October.
Save the date
The upcoming mission will be conducted by four astronauts from NASA and JAXA mission specialist Soichi Noguchi-Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker-from Florida Cape Canaveral flies to the International Space Station.
The departure time is scheduled for 7:49 pm Eastern Time.
Tested and ready
The conference call tomorrow afternoon will discuss the upcoming launch, including the results of the SpaceX test involving the Merlin engine used to propel the spacecraft.
read more: NASA and SpaceX invite the media to update the Crew-1 mission and set a new launch date [NASA]
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