On Saturday, the agency
announced that NASA has delayed its SpaceX Crew-1 mission until November. The
launch of this plan will eventually bring three NASA astronauts and one JAXA
space agency’s astronaut to the International Space Station.
Originally, the plan
was to settle the launch on 31st October, but the planning faced
hindrance due to the resolve issues with the first-stage engine gas generators
on the Falcon 9 rocket. The six-month plan will now be launched in mid-November
with American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker,
and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on board. It will be SpaceX’s first
mission to the ISS.
Crew-1 is the first
stage in the six planned ventures of SpaceX to the ISS – it is under contract
with NASA. SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon flight, the DM-2 turned out to be a test
mission that took NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS, back
in May for two months. The flight returns on the 2nd of August and provided NASA with data needed to verify regular trips to
and from ISS in future!