Japan's Soichi Noguchi among astronauts set for SpaceX and NASA launch

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 16, 2020

The two are expected to launch the capsule's first operational mission, Crew-1, at 7:27PM Eastern, with NASA TV offering livestreamed coverage starting at 3:15PM.

NASA has described the precise launch time as an "instantaneous launch window", meaning the mission must leave on the dot if it wants to catch the station as it circles the Earth. But technicians said about 90 minutes before launch that they conducted a successful leak check, and that the scheduled launch was still on.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX's second crew has two military officers who played college football, a former space shuttle flight controller, and the first person in decades to launch aboard three kinds of rocketships. NASA is also planning to use the spacecraft for civilian purposes.

Cheers and applause erupted at SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, after the capsule reached orbit and the first-stage booster landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic. It hopes the Dragon can end that dependence by providing an American-made system to get astronauts into low earth orbit. "We have built what I would call one of the safest launch vehicles and spacecraft ever". The crew capsule is set to dock at the space station Monday after a 16-hour flight. That's now targeted for the end of March, which would set up the newly launched astronauts for a return to Earth in April. Aboard will be NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. They will be joined by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, making his third trip to space after previously flying on the USA shuttle in 2005 and Soyuz in 2009.

Musk disclosed on the eve of the launch that he "most likely" has a moderate case of coronavirus, despite mixed results. This mission, known as "Crew-1", is supposed to be the first of many routine flights that will ferry astronauts to and from the station. She joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for last-minute remarks and photos with the astronauts prior to launch. "They should be in good shape".

It is also the culmination of years of collaboration between NASA and the private sector as part of an effort to bring launch capabilities back to US soil and end a dependency on Russian Federation for trips to the International Space Station.

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