With Crew-1 just weeks away, SpaceX and NASA have entered final preparations for the first operational Crew Dragon flight that will mark the first long-duration crew rotation mission to the International Space Station to launch from a country other than Kazakhstan since 2009.
The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon with Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi is now set to liftoff from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, on 14 November 2020 at 19:49 EST (23:49 UTC) for a one-day trip to the Station.
The Crew-1 mission will be the first time SpaceX conducts a long-duration crew flight to the International Space Station (ISS) and will mark the first time since August 2009 that a regular, long-duration Station crew member will launch on a U.S. vehicle.
The mission will use a new Crew Dragon capsule: C207, which the Crew-1 astronauts have named Resilience.
In late-August, Resilience was delivered to SpaceX’s processing facilities at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After arriving, engineers started a test campaign which consisted of three major components: electromagnetic interference, acoustic, and those based around the few tweaks/changes incorporated from lessons learned on ...