NASA is planning the next launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon to...

NASA is planning the next launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon to...
NASA is planning the next launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon to...
NASA is planning to re-launch the next SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on November 14th. The space agency announced on Monday that recent engine problems with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket are still ongoing. The spaceship will bring four astronauts to the International Space Station for a planned six-month stay.

After the successful Crew Dragon “Demo 2” Test flight this summer NASA executives moving two astronauts to and from the laboratory complex were ready to move ahead with operational astronaut ferry flights, beginning with the Crew-1 mission.

But the flight was delayed this month until the next After a turbopump problem with one or more engines in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that caused an aborted launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on October 2nd.

Except for a tweet from SpaceX founder Elon Musk, no details were given that the abort was triggered by an “unexpected rise in pressure” in first stage turbopump machines.

While troubleshooting to see what went wrong, SpaceX pushed the company forward three launches Starlink Internet Satellite, all successful.

NASA executives plan to hold a media conference call Wednesday to discuss plans for the Crew-1 launch, “including the results of the most recent tests on the Falcon 9 Merlin engines” after the launch was canceled, the agency said in a statement .

The Crew 1 flight follows another Falcon 9 launch on Nov. 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The piloted mission will fly “after a thorough review of the launcher’s performance”.

On board are Crew 1 commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and the Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Hopkins, Walker, and Noguchi are space veterans while Glover will be making his first flight.

The SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts (left to right): Shannon Walker, pilot Victor Glover, commander Michael Hopkins and the Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.


The launch from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 7:49 p.m. EST. Eight hours later, just after 4 a.m. the next morning, an automatic rendezvous is set up and docked at the forward port of the space station.

NASA is relying on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner to end the agency’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to carry U.S. and partner astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Astronaut Kate Rubins was using the agency’s last contracted Soyuz headquarters when she and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov Blasted away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 14 in Kazakhstan, docking at the train station three hours later. Rubins’ seat aboard the Soyuz MS-17 / 63S spacecraft cost NASA $ 90 million.

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