NASA delays launch of Crew Dragon’s first four-astronaut flight

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 14, 2020

NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration has put a stop to the Space-X Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

"The groups are actively working this discovering on the engines, and we ought to be quite a bit smarter inside the coming week", Kathy Lueders, affiliate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, stated in an announcement.

Check out Teslarati's newsletters for prompt updates, on-the-ground perspectives, and unique glimpses of SpaceX's rocket launch and recovery processes. Following the Demo-2's successful mission, SpaceX noticed "excessive erosion" in few areas of the Crew Dragon's heat shield which is one of the most essential components of a manned-mission.

Other NASA trips with the Falcon 9 still seem to continue as planned. The latest delay allows SpaceX to evaluate an with its Falcon 9 rocket engines during a recent test launch.

The gas generator utilises small amounts of fuel and oxidiser which it burns separately from the main combustion chamber to power the turbine.

Although there was no official statement from SpaceX following the last-minute abort, answering a question on Twitter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed that there had been an "unexpected pressure rise in the turbomachinery gas generator". In SpaceX's recent series of launch delays, the company discovered a similar problem with the Falcon 9, which carries the Space Force's fourth GPS-III satellite.

Meanwhile, SpaceX says it shipped the first Crew Dragon-derived Cargo Dragon to Florida several days ago, meaning that the company will soon begin simultaneous preflight processing of two upgraded Dragons for the first time.

The new launch target for the Crew-1 mission isNo later than early to mid-November NASA reported in a post today. That mission will also use the new Falcon 9 first stage. Along with these astronauts, Soichi Noguchi who is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist will go too.

That mission, called Crew-1, will take four astronauts to the International Space Station.

Falcon 9 B1058 and capsule C206 prepare for Crew Dragon's inaugural astronaut launch, May 2020. The trio are heading to the station about a month ahead of SpaceX's next crewed Dragon launch, which will bring another set of four astronauts aboard the ISS in mid-November. The SpaceX rover was created to last 210 days during docking with the International Space Station, with the solar panels meeting NASA predictions during the Beta 2 launch.

SpaceX owns the rocket, but NASA has full knowledge of the company's launch and testing data, Leuders noted. She added, "This really gives us incredible insight into the commercial system and helps us make informed decisions about the status of our missions".

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