NASA delays launch of Crew Dragon’s first four-astronaut flight

James Marshall
October 15, 2020

The report warns that "without a viable contingency option for ensuring uninterrupted access to the ISS in the event of further commercial crew delays, we concluded that NASA is at risk of not being able to maximize the return of its multibillion-dollar investment in the space station". A seat on the SpaceX capsule is expected to cost $ 55 million, including funding from NASA to build its new Crew Dragon spacecraft. "Does." NASA did not identify the specific launch attempt in question, however A Falcon 9 with a Global Positioning System 3 satellite was launched just two seconds before the launch on October 2. Initially, the launch was scheduled on October 31st, Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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.

"We have a strong working relationship with our SpaceX partner", said in a statement Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. If successful, it's safe to say that SpaceX will firmly solidify its position as the only spaceflight company on Earth truly capable of doing it all - from affordable and reusable rocket launches, crewed spaceflight, and space station resupply missions to orbital tourism and more. Prior to Demo-2, Crew Dragon completed what both NASA and SpaceX deemed an nearly unbelievably flawless uncrewed launch debut in March 2019.

However, this is not the first time SpaceX is facing an issue with its launches.

During the review, SpaceX will study the Falcon 9 gas generator; An important part of Merlin 1D engines.

SpaceX is now completing hardware testing and data reviews prompted by "off-nominal behaviour of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt". SpaceX is using a new Falcon 9 mission booster, which NASA will also use to guide astronauts on its second CCP mission.

Through the agency's Commercial Crew and Launch Services Programs partnership with SpaceX, NASA has full insight into the company's launch and testing data. This flight brings three NASA astronauts - Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker - and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the ISS for a six-month stay. The four astronauts will remain on board while the Crew Dragon departs from the space station and re-enters the Earth's atmosphere. "Teams are actively working on this outcome on the engines, and we're supposed to be smarter over the next week".

NASA hopes to do seat-based deals with Roscosmos in the future, where Russian cosmonauts will drive SpaceX and Boeing vehicles in exchange for NASA astronauts flying on the Soyuz. The mission is set to conclude when the Crew Dragon will autonomously undock.

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