SpaceX and NASA delay Crew-1 launch until November 2020

SpaceX and NASA delay Crew-1 launch until November 2020


Crew-1 space mission delayed to mid-November 2020

Through a statement, NASA stated that the launch of Crew-1 is delayed until November due to work on the engines and tests of the spacecraft.

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 space mission until mid-November 2020 because it intends to give SpaceX more time to complete tests on operating systems, thoroughly review the hardware and evaluate data on the operation of the gas generators inside the engine of the first phase of the Falcon 9 aircraft.

SpaceX and NASA aim to send three NASA astronauts – Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover – and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut from the Japan Exploration Agency, to the International Space Station (ISS). Space (JAXA) to analyze different unmanned cargo spacecraft and make flight tests to them, was planned to take off on October 31, 2020, but could not be possible due to mechanical and operational conflicts of the spacecraft.

Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, stated that both organizations have a strong working relationship, therefore, that gives them the security of conducting space missions as well as giving them a vision of the system. commercial during specialized projects in space. “The teams are actively working on the engines and we should be much smarter next week,” he added.

It is the second delay of the space mission carried out by SpaceX, since the first was scheduled for early October, but it was postponed so as not to interfere with Expedition 63/64, which will be launched from Russia with two cosmonauts and a woman astronaut . So far, Crew-1 is among six missions planned by SpaceX it 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 program. American space.

It should be noted, the Crew-1 mission is a strategic test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Long-term commercial crew exchange operational missions will allow the US space agency to continue research and technology development within the ISS to benefit people on Earth and provide the foundation for future exploration of the Moon and Mars in 2024.