LIVE: SpaceX’s second launch attempt for first crewed flight to the ISS
According to the new information, the Crew Dragon capsule with three American and one Japanese astronauts will be launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday evening.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced late Friday a 24-hour postponement of the planned launch of four astronauts into orbit as part of NASA and SpaceX’s first full-fledged mission to send astronauts to the International Space station.
According to NASA representatives, the launch time was postponed from Saturday to Sunday evening due to predicted gusty winds over Florida – the remnants of tropical storm “Eta”. Bad weather would make it difficult to land a reusable Falcon 9 launch vehicle back.
SpaceX’s newly developed Crew Dragon capsule is reportedly to be launched at 7:27 p.m. US East Coast time on Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral..
The crew that will go to the ISS includes three American astronauts: Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Mission Commander Mike Hopkins, Colonel of the US Air Force, who will be sworn in as an officer of the newly formed US Space Forces on board the ISS.
The fourth crew member is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who will fly into space for the third time. In 2005, he went into orbit on the American space shuttle, and in 2009 – aboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz.
The flight to the ISS is considered SpaceX’s first “operational” mission using the Crew Dragon capsule.
The test flight, which took two astronauts aboard the Crew Dragon to the ISS, took place in August and was the first such launch from American soil in nine years, following the completion of the shuttle flight program..
NASA just signed a definitive agreement with SpaceX for the Crew Dragon earlier this week..
The arrival of the Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon capsule heralds a new era – now private companies can develop spacecraft and launch NASA astronauts into orbit.
“This time, the historic moment is that we are… operational flight to the International Space Station “, – said the head of NASA Jim Bridenstine at a press conference, which was held at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday.
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