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Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz 3 мин. назад

Hopkins: "The crew and the entire training team have done an amazing job of getting us ready ... we've had a lot of fun in our training."

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Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz 3 мин. назад

Glover: "I want to thank God for getting us to this point, I want to thank my family for their love and support and for the NASA and SpaceX folks and to our partners all over the globe that have gotten us to this point amid this global pandemic."

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Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz 1 мин. назад

Hopkins, on naming it Resilience: "I think all of us can agree that 2020 has certainly been a challenging year - global pandemic economic hardships, civil unrest, isolation - and despite all of that SpaceX NASA has kept the production line open and finished this amazing vehicle."

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Цитата Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 4 мин. назад

Wow.  The Crew-1 Commander talking about the crew's desire not to put their names or country flags on the mission patch to put the flight more in line with being not about them or the nations but for everyone.  #Crew1 #SpaceX #NASA

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Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz 1 мин. назад

Hopkins: "If you look at our patch you'll notice that on the border there's no names, there's no flags - that was by design. It doesn't just represent the 4 of us but it really represents the countless people that have contributed" to the SpaceX Crew-1 mission.


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Цитата Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 2 мин. назад

Oh, a breakfast tradition question from @marinakoren!  Answer: They don't really know yet.  Those are still in planning.  Cmdr: "I have no doubt we'll be well fed."

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ЦитатаAstronauts Discuss Upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission

 NASA

Трансляция началась 52 минуты назад

The next crew to launch from U.S. soil to the International Space Station talk about their upcoming mission. 

NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Shannon Walker will launch with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket out of Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 31 at 2:40 a.m. EDT. The mission marks the first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft to the space station.

youtu.be/uIx8l2xlYVY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIx8l2xlYVY (52:10)

tnt22

Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz 31 мин. назад

The Crew-1 astronauts are a fun bunch:

A few photos of the four (Commander @Astro_illini, Pilot @VicGlover, Specialist Shannon Walker and Specialist @Astro_Soichi) training last week at SpaceX headquarters.



zandr

https://tass.ru/kosmos/9585297
ЦитатаВ NASA сообщили, что проблему с утечкой воздуха на МКС вскоре решат
НЬЮ-ЙОРК, 29 сентября. /ТАСС/. Международная космическая станция находится в хорошем техническом состоянии, а проблема с небольшой утечкой воздуха будет решена. Об этом сообщил во вторник на видеобрифинге, посвященном предстоящему 31 октября старту пилотируемого корабля Crew Dragon один из руководителей программы полета Международной космической станции Кен Тодд. Брифинг транслировался на сайте NASA.
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Со своей стороны представитель компании SpaceX Бенджи Рид отметил, что полет Crew Dragon, в экипаж которого включены астронавты NASA Майкл Хопкинс, Виктор Гловер и Шэннон Уокер, а также японец Соити Ногути, продлится шесть месяцев. "Вероятно, корабль будет пристыкован к МКС вплоть до конца марта - начала апреля", - пояснил он.
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metelica

30.09.2020 00:25:31 #89 Последнее редактирование: 30.09.2020 00:57:26 от metelica
Цитата: zandr от 29.09.2020 23:07:40https://tass.ru/kosmos/9585297
Цитата: undefinedВ NASA сообщили, что проблему с утечкой воздуха на МКС вскоре решат
НЬЮ-ЙОРК, 29 сентября. /ТАСС/. Международная космическая станция находится в хорошем техническом состоянии, а проблема с небольшой утечкой воздуха будет решена. Об этом сообщил во вторник на видеобрифинге, посвященном предстоящему 31 октября старту пилотируемого корабля Crew Dragon один из руководителей программы полета Международной космической станции Кен Тодд. Брифинг транслировался на сайте NASA.
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Со своей стороны представитель компании SpaceX Бенджи Рид отметил, что полет Crew Dragon, в экипаж которого включены астронавты NASA Майкл Хопкинс, Виктор Гловер и Шэннон Уокер, а также японец Соити Ногути, продлится шесть месяцев. "Вероятно, корабль будет пристыкован к МКС вплоть до конца марта - начала апреля", - пояснил он.
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1 ноября + 210 дней получается 29 мая, никак не начало апреля.

ПОПРАВКА.
Поверил Marcia Smith с предыдущей страницы, потом послушал сам. Таки Стив говорит, что Дракон будет пристыкован около полугода, потом рассказывает об улучшенных солнечных батареях, которые должны продержаться 210 "пристыкованных" дней. Вышла небольшая путаница.

tnt22

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-spacex-to-launch-first-commercial-crew-rotation-mission-to-international-space-station

ЦитатаSept. 29, 2020

NASA, SpaceX to Launch First Commercial Crew Rotation Mission to International Space Station

 The SpaceX Crew-1 official crew portrait
The SpaceX Crew-1 official crew portrait with (from left) NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
Credits: NASA


NASA and SpaceX are beginning a regular cadence of missions with astronauts launching on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 is the first crew rotation mission with four astronauts flying on a commercial spacecraft, and the first including an international partner.

NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor GloverShannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are set to launch to the space station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket. The Crew-1 astronauts named the spacecraft Resilience, highlighting the dedication the teams involved with the mission have displayed and to demonstrate that when we work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. They named it in honor of their families, colleagues, and fellow citizens.

Launch is targeted for Saturday, Oct. 31, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew is scheduled for a long duration stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, conducting science and maintenance. The four astronauts are set to return in spring 2021.

NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 test flight completed earlier this year was the final demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon. The test flight, along with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, is helping validate SpaceX's crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. NASA is working to complete the certification of the Crew Dragon system ahead of the Crew-1 mission.

Hopkins and Glover were assigned to the Crew-1 mission in 2018 and began working and training on SpaceX's next-generation human spacecraft. Walker and Noguchi joined the crew earlier this year.

Michael Hopkins is the commander of the Crew Dragon and the Crew-1 mission. Hopkins is responsible for all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry. He will also serve as an Expedition 64 flight engineer aboard the station. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009, Hopkins spent 166 days in space as a long duration crew member of Expeditions 37 and 38 and completed two spacewalks totaling 12 hours and 58 minutes. Born in Lebanon, Missouri, Hopkins grew up on a farm outside Richland, Missouri. He has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois, and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University. Before joining NASA, Hopkins was a flight test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.

SpaceX Crew-1 portrait
The SpaceX Crew-1 crew members (from left) NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
Credits: SpaceX

Victor Glover is the pilot of the Crew Dragon and second-in-command for the mission. Glover is responsible for spacecraft systems and performance. He also will be a long duration space station crew member. Selected as an astronaut in 2013, this will be his first spaceflight. The California native holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering, a Master of Science degree in flight test engineering, a Master of Science degree in systems engineering and a master's degree military operational art and science. Glover is a naval aviator and was a test pilot in the F/A‐18 Hornet, Super Hornet, and EA‐18G Growler aircraft.

Shannon Walker is a mission specialist for Crew-1. As a mission specialist, she will work closely with the commander and pilot to monitor the vehicle during the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight. She will also be responsible for monitoring timelines, telemetry, and consumables, like fuel and atmosphere levels. Once aboard the station, Walker will become a flight engineer for Expedition 64. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2004, Walker launched to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft as the co-pilot, and spent 161 days aboard the orbiting laboratory. More than 130 microgravity experiments were conducted during her stay in areas such as human research, biology, and materials science. A Houston native, Walker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Rice University in 1987, as well as a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in space physics, both from Rice University, in 1992 and 1993, respectively.

Soichi Noguchi will also be a mission specialist for Crew-1, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the vehicle during the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight, and keeping watch on timelines, telemetry and consumables. Noguchi will also become a long duration crew member aboard the space station. He was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, currently the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) in May 1996. Noguchi is a veteran of two spaceflights. During space shuttle mission STS-114 in 2005, Noguchi became the first Japanese astronaut to perform a spacewalk outside the space station. He performed a total of three spacewalks during the mission, accumulating 20 hours and 5 minutes of spacewalking time. He launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in 2009 to return to the station as a long duration crew member. The Crew Dragon will be the third spacecraft that Noguchi has flown to the orbiting laboratory.

Lifting off from Launch Pad 39A on a Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate its four passengers to approximately 17,000 mph and put it on an intercept course with the International Space Station. Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will monitor a series of automatic maneuvers that will guide the Crew-1 astronauts to their new home in orbit. After approximately one day in orbit, Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station. The spacecraft is designed to dock autonomously with the ability for astronauts aboard the spacecraft to take control and pilot manually, if necessary.

View of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Japan's HTV-9 resupply ship
The SpaceX Crew Dragon is pictured docked to the International Space Station on July 1, 2020.

After successfully docking, the astronauts of Crew-1 will be welcomed aboard station by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. For the first time, the space station's crew will expand to seven people with Expedition 64, increasing the amount of crew time available for research.
The Crew Dragon being used for this flight will remain docked to the station for the full length of a long duration space station expedition, lasting approximately six months. The Crew-1 astronauts will spend their time aboard the International Space Station conducting new and exciting scientific research in areas, such as botany, cancer, and technology.

Radishes will be grown in space. This model plant is nutritious, grows quickly, and is genetically similar to Arabidopsis, a plant frequently studied in microgravity. Findings could help optimize growth of the plants in space as well as provide an assessment of their nutrition and taste. Scientists are leveraging microgravity to tests drugs based on messenger ribonucleic acids (mRNA) for treating leukemia. A new toilet headed to the space station has a number of features that improve on current space toilet operations and help us prepare for future missions, including those to the Moon and Mars.

During their stay on the orbiting laboratory, astronauts of Crew-1 will see a range of unpiloted spacecraft including the Northrop Grumman Cygnus, the next generation of SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft, and the Boeing CST-100 Starliner on its uncrewed flight test to the station. They also will conduct a variety of spacewalks and welcome crews of the Russian Soyuz vehicle and the next SpaceX Crew Dragon in 2021.

At the conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the four astronauts on board, depart the space station and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. After splashdown just off Florida's coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by a SpaceX recovery vessel and will be brought to shore to board a plane for return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Crew-1 mission is a major step for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Operational, long duration commercial crew rotation missions will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency's Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024.

Last Updated: Sept. 30, 2020
Editor: Mark Garcia

zandr

Цитата: metelica от 30.09.2020 00:25:311 ноября + 210 дней получается...
"шесть месяцев" не "210 дней" ;)



metelica

Цитата: zandr от 30.09.2020 00:54:05
Цитата: metelica от 30.09.2020 00:25:311 ноября + 210 дней получается...
"шесть месяцев" не "210 дней" ;)

Да, дополнил. Был введен в заблуждение сообщением на предыдущей странице:
Цитата: tnt22 от 29.09.2020 19:42:22
Цитата: undefined Marcia Smith @SpcPlcyOnline 9 мин. назад

Stitch-spacecraft will be docked 210 days, longest in-space duration for any U.S. crew spacecraft.  84 days was previous record [Apollo spacecraft docked to Skylab].

tnt22

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/09/30/nasa-and-spacex-teams-prepare-for-crew-1-mission/
https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2020/09/30/nasa-and-spacex-teams-prepare-for-crew-1-mission/

ЦитатаNASA and SpaceX Teams Prepare for Crew-1 Mission

James Cawley
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at 5:16 pm



NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts participate in crew equipment interface testing at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Sept. 24, 2020. From left are mission specialist Shannon Walker, pilot Victor Glover, and Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins, all NASA astronauts, and mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut. Photo credit: SpaceX

By Jim Cawley
NASA's Kennedy Space Center


Teams involved with NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission held a series of briefings Tuesday at the agency's Johnson Space Center about the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. The mission is targeted to launch at 2:40 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 31, on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be the first international crew to launch on the new, commercially owned and operated American system.

"What's exciting about this upcoming mission is that we are actually going to fly a certified Crew Dragon," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "This is another milestone; a critical milestone in the development of our ability to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil -- now sustainably."


From left, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, and Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX, participate in a Crew-1 preflight briefing on Sept. 29, 2020. NASA image

NASA and SpaceX are in the final stages of the certification reviews following the agency's SpaceX Demo-2 test flight to the space station with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, which is helping verify the end-to-end capabilities, including launch, docking and return to Earth.

Teams currently are completing and applying lessons learned from Demo-2 and other test flights, including redesign of a small area of the thermal protection system around the trunk attachments, modifications to the ventilation system on the nosecone of the Dragon spacecraft, and design adjustment for measuring the barometric pressure used for parachute deployment. The teams also are coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure crew safety upon splashdown, including extra ships and air assets to patrol the "keep out" zone to mitigate safety concerns for boaters approaching the landing area.

"This is a great milestone for us; it's a culmination of many, many years of work with NASA and SpaceX," said Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters. "This has been a dream of ours to have commercial crew rotation seats up on the station, and we're looking forward to many more to come."

After certification, Crew Dragon will be the first commercial system in history capable of transporting humans to and from the space station.

"This is all leading up to the big operational cadence that we're about to move into -- and this is super cool," said Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX. "We're at a point now where we are in the final lane; we're getting ready for this launch."


From left, Crew-1 astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi announced Sept. 29, 2020, that the name of their spaceship is Resilience. NASA image

Following an Oct. 31 launch, the Crew-1 astronauts are scheduled to arrive at the space station the next day to join NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, as well as Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

"It's going to be an exciting time onboard the space station," said Kenny Todd, deputy manager, International Space Station, NASA's Johnson Space Center. "We're looking forward to getting up to seven crew."

Hopkins, Glover, Walker, and Noguchi will become the first crew to fly a full-duration mission to the space station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft for a six-month stay on the orbiting laboratory. For the first time, the space station's crew will expand to seven people with Expedition 64, increasing the amount of crew time available for research.

As commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-1 mission, Hopkins is responsible for all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry. He also will serve as an Expedition 64 flight engineer aboard the station. The Crew-1 astronauts named the spacecraft Resilience, highlighting the dedication the teams involved with the mission have displayed and demonstrating that when we work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

"As you look at the definition of resilience, I know it means functioning well in times of stress or overcoming adverse events, and I think all of us can agree that 2020 certainly has been a challenging year," Hopkins said.

"So the name 'Resilience' is really in honor of the SpaceX and NASA teams, and quite frankly, it's in honor of our families, of our colleagues, of our fellow citizens, of our international partners and our leaders that have all shown that same quality -- that same characteristic -- through these difficult times."

As mission specialists, Walker and Noguchi will work closely with the commander and pilot to monitor the vehicle during the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight. Both are spaceflight veterans: Dragon will be the third spacecraft on which Noguchi has traveled (he flew aboard NASA's space shuttle and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft), while Walker has spent 161 days on the orbiting laboratory.

"It's been a very intense six months' worth of training, but we are ready, and I am very excited to get back to the space station," Walker said. "My experience of having already lived and worked there will give me a huge head start and make me much more efficient."

Noguchi expressed the significance of teamwork and diversity, adding further meaning to the spacecraft's new name.

"All of us are contributing to this wonderful team; everybody brings something to the table," Noguchi said. "This diversity definitely brings the team's resilience."

For almost 20 years, humans have continuously lived and worked aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies that enable us to prepare for human exploration to the Moon and Mars. NASA is enabling economic growth in low-Earth orbit to open access to space to more people, more science, and more companies than ever before.

"To be able to live on the space station for six months and during that time to be there for the 20th anniversary of human presence on the space station -- and to potentially launch on the 20th anniversary of the launch of Expedition 1 -- is just special," said Glover, pilot of the Crew Dragon and second-in-command for the mission. "[It] relates to something Mike said earlier -- that the power of teamwork, when we come together to work on the same thing, there's no limit to what we can accomplish. It is truly a privilege."

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Цитата Stephen Clark @StephenClark1 15 мин. назад

George Nield of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel highlights higher-than-expected erosion on part of the Crew Dragon heat shield on the Demo-2 mission.

Modified heat shield design for Crew-1 offers a "significant improvement in its capabilities," Nield says.


14 мин. назад

Nield also mentions concerns about the slightly lower-than-expected parachute deploy altitude on the Demo-2 mission, and the unwelcome presence of civilian boaters in the splashdown zone.

Crew-1 will use GPS altitude data instead of barometric altitude data for chute deploy.

Чебурашка

ЦитатаCrew-1 will use GPS altitude data instead of barometric altitude data for chute deploy.
Ой... Как говорится: "что-то я очкую"  ::)

Sam Grey

Там есть и то и другое.

"The Crew Dragon capsule is equipped with an altimeter to estimate the ship's altitude using GPS navigation data, and the astronauts were watching the display during the final descent under the parachutes.

"It's not super-accurate everywhere that you're located, so we got below zero for our altitude on that indicator, which was a little bit surprising, and then we felt the splash and we saw it splash up over the windows. It was just a great relief, I think, for both of us at that point," Behnken said."

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https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2020/10/06/new-experiments-installed-as-u-s-and-russian-crew-ships-near-launch/

ЦитатаNew Experiments Installed as U.S. and Russian Crew Ships Near Launch

Mark Garcia
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at 12:40 pm


Four spaceships are parked at the International Space Station today as two new crews are due to launch by the end of October. ...
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... four more astronauts are scheduled to join Expedition 64 just one day after they launch aboard the first operational SpaceX Crew Dragon mission from Florida on Oct. 31. Commander Mike Hopkins of NASA will lead Pilot Victor Glover and Mission Specialists Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi during the 25-hour ride to the space station. The quartet will stay in space until the Spring.

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Цитата William Harwood @cbs_spacenews 24 мин

F9/Crew-1: SpaceX/NASA are delaying launch of the 1st operational Crew Dragon space station flight from 10/31 to "early to mid November;" the slip will allow more time to resolve a Falcon 9 turbopump issue seen 10/2 during a last-second launch abort with a different rocket
B1062.1 подкачала...

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https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/10/10/nasa-spacex-crew-1-launch-update/
https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2020/10/10/nasa-spacex-crew-1-launch-update/

ЦитатаNASA, SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Update

Marie Lewis
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm



Mission specialist Shannon Walker, left, pilot Victor Glover, Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins - all NASA astronauts - and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut and mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, right, will launch to the International Space Station on the agency's SpaceX Crew-1 mission.

Launch of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station is now targeted for no sooner than early-to-mid November, providing additional time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt. Through the agency's Commercial Crew and Launch Services Programs partnership with SpaceX, NASA has full insight into the company's launch and testing data.


The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft that will carry four astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, was secured to its unpressurized trunk on Friday, Oct. 2, at the company's processing facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

"We have a strong working relationship with our SpaceX partner," said Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. "With the high cadence of missions SpaceX performs, it really gives us incredible insight into this commercial system and helps us make informed decisions about the status of our missions. The teams are actively working this finding on the engines, and we should be a lot smarter within the coming week."

Additional upcoming NASA missions rely on the Falcon 9 for launch. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch still is targeted for Tuesday, Nov. 10, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and NASA's SpaceX CRS-21, is targeted for launch in late November or early December, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA and SpaceX will use the data from the company's hardware testing and reviews to ensure these critical missions are carried out with the highest level of safety.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Resilience by the Crew-1 astronauts, was secured to its unpressurized trunk on Friday, Oct. 2, at the company's processing facility on Cape Canaveral.

After launch, Crew Dragon will perform a series of maneuvers culminating with rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station. That milestone will mark the Crew-1 astronauts' integration with the Expedition 64 astronauts Kate Rubins, as well as Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

During their stay on the orbiting laboratory, astronauts of Crew-1 will see a range of unpiloted spacecraft including the Northrop Grumman Cygnus, the next generation of SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft, and the Boeing CST-100 Starliner on its uncrewed flight test to the station. They also will conduct a variety of spacewalks and welcome crews of the Russian Soyuz vehicle and the next SpaceX Crew Dragon in 2021.

At the conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the four astronauts on board, depart the space station and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. After splashdown just off Florida's coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by a SpaceX recovery vessel and will be brought to shore to board a plane for return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Crew-1 mission is a major step for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Operational, long duration commercial crew rotation missions will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency's Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and to the space station. Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities for discovery on the orbital outpost.