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’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.
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.
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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