Crew 1, a few things to know

Space Coast, FL – The first human spaceflight and operational mission in nine years is afoot. The Crew 1 mission will launch four astronauts. This mission is to the International Space Station. Reminder: Demo Mission 2 (DM-2) with Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley was a spaceflight test for the certification of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Crew 1 Launch America
Falcon 9 rocket on LC-39A in between the countdown clock and flag pole at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida | photo: Jon Van Horne

Crew 1’s Rocket

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster (B1061) will make it’s first spaceflight in delivering the crew to space. The Falcon 9’s first stage incorporates nine Merlin engines and aluminum-lithium alloy tanks containing liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellant. Falcon 9 generates more than 1.7 million pounds of thrust at sea level.

Falcon 9 ready for Crew 1
Falcon 9 B1061 perched at LC-39A | photo: Jon Van Horne

Crew Dragon Resilience

A spacecraft designed and manufactured by SpaceX, named Crew Dragon, will carry the four astronauts. The astronauts had named the spacecraft’s call sign, Resilience.

“If you look up the definition of the word ‘resilience,’ it means functioning well in times of stress or overcoming adverse events. I think all of us can agree that 2020 has certainly been a challenging year, [with] a global pandemic, economic hardships, social unrest [and] isolation, Despite all of that, SpaceX and NASA have kept the production line open and finished this amazing vehicle that is getting ready to go on its maiden flight to the International Space Station.”

– Mike Hopkins, NASA Astronaut – Crew Dragon commander

The Dragon capsule, also known as the pressurized section, allows for the transport of people as well as environmentally sensitive cargo. Dragon is equipped with Draco thrusters that allow Dragon to maneuver while on orbit and 8 SuperDracos that power the spacecraft’s launch escape system.

Launch America and Crew 1
Launch America with Crew-1 Falcon 9 in background. Launch America is NASA’s human spaceflight slogan | photo: Jon Van Horne

The crew for Crew-1 are Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi. They will make up the start of the Expedition 64 crew of the ISS. Their long duration stay on the International Space Station will conclude with many microgravity science experiments. The science experiments are but not limited to, Food Physiology, Genes in Space-7, Plant Habitat-02, BioAsteroid and many more.

The launch is slated to lift off on November 14, 2020 at 1949 EST (0049 UTC 11/15). More to cover soon. Stay posted with us!

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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.