Crew-1’s ride has arrived

SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster that will launch NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission arrived in Florida Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | photo: SpaceX

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (B1061) slated to launch NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is now in Florida. This will be for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA & SpaceX are making ready for the their first operational spaceflight. The Crew Dragon 2 spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket is getting set to be ready after certification. Aboard this mission is NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and Shannon Walker. There will also be a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut, Soichi Noguchi. They are scheduled for a full length mission.

This is the 2nd time SpaceX’s Crew Dragon 2 will bring astronauts to the ISS. It will be the first in a chain of consistent revolving missions. SpaceX successfully sent NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS in May. This was on, now known as, Dragon Endeavour. It is a test flight recognized as Demo-2 (Demonstration Mission Two). The astronauts are going to proceed to operate science, upkeep and spacewalks onboard the space station. At a later date they will take a splash down ride back on Earth.

The Crew-1 mission will launch on this Falcon 9 rocket booster from SLC-39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It is currently going through prelaunch processing on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at a SpaceX facility.

Jon Van Horne
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reference: NASA blog