11 Oct NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission launch is postponed until November
NASA has postponed the SpaceX Crew-1 mission ‘s launch until mid-November, the agency reported Saturday. Eventually, the mission would send three NASA astronauts and a Japanese JAXA space agency astronaut to the International Space Station. Originally scheduled for October 31st, NASA said in a statement, the planned six-month mission was postponed to allow time to fix problems with the first-stage engine gas generators on the Falcon 9 rocket. American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, plus Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will be on board the first operational crew mission from SpaceX to the ISS when it is launched.
Crew-1 is among six planned missions SpaceX plans to send to the ISS under a contract with NASA, awarded in 2014 as part of the Commercial Crew Program that brought private sector companies into the US space program.
SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon flight, the DM-2, or Demo-2, was a test mission that brought NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS in May for a two-month visit. The Crew Dragon docked with the ISS and returned safely to Earth on August 2nd, giving NASA the data it needed to certify regular trips to and from the ISS with astronauts aboard in the future. – Adapted from The Verge