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Crasher

26.07.2020 07:37:19 #1 Последнее редактирование: 26.07.2020 07:46:05 от Crasher
Настолько уверенны что сходу решили повторно использовать капсулу которая ещё даже не вернулась?!?)
 
Не нравится такая спешка... Они б сначала провели дефектовку/обследование нескольких слетавших кораблей... Но видимо серьезно Боинг облажался, что решили Спэйсов так нагрузить...

Как по мне - стремное решение.

BlackMokona

Цитата: Crasher от 26.07.2020 07:37:19Настолько уверенны что сходу решили повторно использовать капсулу которая ещё даже не вернулась?!?)
 
Не нравится такая спешка... Они б сначала провели дефектовку/обследование нескольких слетавших кораблей... Но видимо серьезно Боинг облажался, что решили Спэйсов так нагрузить...

Как по мне - стремное решение.
Ну у них большой опыт по вернувшимся капсулам грузовых Драконов

Василий Ратников

Цитата: Crasher от 26.07.2020 07:37:19Как по мне - стремное решение.
так это планы же только.

по ходу дела изменят, если вдруг что. капсула даже еще не приземлилась.

Дмитрий Инфан

Честно говоря, я думал, что летать будут чаще.

cross-track

Цитата: Дмитрий Инфан от 27.07.2020 05:47:43Честно говоря, я думал, что летать будут чаще.
А я думал, что наоборот, вначале полеты будут еще более редкими. Анализ данных и отработка железа и софта до "практически идеальных" занимает немало времени.
Не все у нас еще хорошо, кое-что - просто замечательно!

tnt22

https://www.jaxa.jp/press/2020/07/20200728-1_j.html

Цитата
JAXA星出彰彦宇宙飛行士の
国際宇宙ステーション(ISS)長期滞在 搭乗機決定について

2020年(令和2年)7月28日

国立研究開発法人宇宙航空研究開発機構

 星出彰彦宇宙飛行士は、ISS長期滞在ミッションに向けた準備・訓練を実施しているところ、この度、2021年春ごろ打上げ予定のスペースX社のクルードラゴン宇宙船運用2号機への搭乗が決定しましたのでお知らせいたします。
 星出宇宙飛行士は、自身3度目の宇宙飛行であり、また、日本人として若田光一宇宙飛行士に次いで2人目となるISS船長を務める予定です。
 なお、打上げ日が決まりましたら改めてお知らせいたします。

JAXA宇宙飛行士 星出彰彦のコメント

 この度、スペースX社のクルードラゴン宇宙船運用2号機に搭乗することが決定いたしました。これまで国際宇宙ステーション長期滞在に向けた訓練を行ってきましたが、野口飛行士に続く、新型宇宙船への搭乗を光栄に思います。
 米国のスペースシャトルおよびロシアのソユーズ宇宙船という、ともに歴史と実績のある宇宙船への搭乗に加え、今回新しい技術やコンセプトで開発された民間宇宙船に搭乗できることは楽しみでもあり、同時に新しい時代の到来を肌で感じております。
 コロナ禍で世界中が大変な中、これから訓練も本格化しますが、引き続きご支援いただきますようよろしくお願い申し上げます。

国立研究開発法人宇宙航空研究開発機構
宇宙飛行士 星出彰彦
Цитата
Решение о длительной командировке на Международную космическую станцию (МКС) астронавта JAXA Акихико Хосидэ

28 июля 2020 года (2-й год эпохи Рэйва)

Японское агентство аэрокосмических исследований

Астронавт Акихико Хосиде проходит подготовку к долгосрочной экспедиции на МКС. JAXA сообщает о том, что принято решение о его полёте на космическом корабле Crew Dragon No 2 компании SpaceX, запуск которого запланирован на весну 2021 года.

Для астронавта Хосиде это будет его третий космический полет, он примет командование станцией и станет вторым японским командиром МКС после астронавта Коити Вакаты.

О дате запуска будет сообщено дополнительно.

Комментарий астронавта JAXA Акихико Хосидэ


Было принято решение о полёте на космическом корабле Crew Dragon No 2 компании SpaceX. Я готовился к длительному пребыванию на Международной космической станции, и для меня большая честь подняться на борт нового космического корабля вслед за астронавтом Ногути.

В дополнение к пилотируемым космическим кораблям, которые имеют долгую историю и послужной список, таким как американский космический  корабль "Шаттл" и российский космический корабль "Союз", с нетерпением жду полёта на коммерческом космическом корабле, разработанным по новыми технологиям и концепциям, ощущая пришествие новой эры.

В то время как весь мир находится в большой беде из-за пандемии коронавируса, интенсивное обучение начнётся с этого момента, благодарю за вашу постоянную поддержку.

Японское агентство аэрокосмических исследований
Астронавт Акихико Хосидэ

triage

к заявлению выше, тут про Союз, в обоих говорится о роли командира МКС
Цитатаhttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200728_33/

Hoshide is set to become the second Japanese to take command of the ISS after Wakata Koichi, who assumed the role in 2014. Hoshide was supposed to head to the ISS on board a Russian spacecraft in May, but his mission was postponed.

The upcoming mission would be Hoshide's third at the ISS. He traveled to the station on the US space shuttle in 2008, and on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft in 2012.

Сейчас перенесенные Олимпийские игры явно не упоминают
Оба являются послами игр
https://tokyo2020.org/en/torch/about/ambassadors/
Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Space Ambassadors
The Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Space Ambassadors who will be building excitement for the Torch Relay from the International Space Station (ISS).
https://tokyo2020.org/en/torch/about/ambassadors/akihiko-hoshide
https://tokyo2020.org/en/torch/about/ambassadors/soichi-noguchi

tnt22

Цитата Thomas Pesquet @Thom_astro 1 ч. назад

Fin du suspense : c'est avec le Crew Dragon 🐉 🚀 de SpaceX que je décollerai l'année prochaine ! L'entraînement a déjà débuté dans son cockpit futuriste... Il ne reste plus qu'à installer l'application "lancement" sur ces tablettes géantes 😉 🙃 😅...




59 мин. назад

Looks like I'll be the first European to ever ride a Dragon into space! Training has already started at SpaceX's futuristic facilities. Stay tuned for more updates... and wait, how do you install the "launch" app on these giant tablet-screens? 😅 😉 🙃


tnt22

https://ria.ru/20200728/1575038737.html

Цитата: undefinedФранцузский астронавт станет первым европейцем на борту Crew Dragon
12:57 28.07.2020

ПАРИЖ, 28 июл - РИА Новости. Французский астронавт Тома Песке в будущем году отправится в космос на космическом корабле Crew Dragon.

"Конец неопределенности: в следующем году я полечу на (космическом корабле) Crew Dragon (компании) SpaceX. Тренировки в его футуристической кабине уже начались", - написал Песке в своем Twitter.

Позднее он добавил, что, "похоже, будет первым европейцем, который поведет дракона (Dragon) в космос".
 Скрытый текст:
Ранее Песке уже бывал в космосе - в 2016-2017 годах в рамках экспедиции МКС-50/51. До Международной космической станции астронавт добирался на российском космическом корабле "Союз МС-03".

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) -- американская компания, производитель космической техники. Основана в 2002 году Илоном Маском с целью сократить расходы на полёты в космос и для открытия пути к колонизации Марса. Созданный компанией космический корабль Crew Dragon стал первым частным пилотируемым космическим кораблем.

tnt22

28.07.2020 20:05:14 #10 Последнее редактирование: 28.07.2020 20:14:25 от tnt22
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-astronauts-to-fly-on-spacex-crew-2-mission-to-space-station

ЦитатаJuly 28, 2020
RELEASE 20-076

NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to Space Station


The members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Picture from left are NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Credits: NASA


NASA and its international partners have assigned crew members for Crew-2, which will be the second operational SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, for the mission. JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.

Crew-2 is targeted to launch in spring 2021, following the successful completion of both NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 test flight mission, which is expected to return to Earth Aug. 2, and the launch of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which is targeted for late September. The Crew-2 astronauts will remain aboard the space station for approximately six months as expedition crew members, along with three crewmates who will launch via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The increase of the full space station crew complement to seven members - over the previous six - will allow NASA to effectively double the amount of science that can be conducted in space.

This will be Kimbrough's third trip to space and his second long-duration stay at the space station. Born in Killeen, Texas, and raised in Atlanta, Kimbrough was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He first launched aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a visit to the station on the STS-126 mission in 2008, then aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 49/50 in 2016. He has spent a total of 189 days in space, and performed six spacewalks. Kimbrough also is a retired U.S. Army colonel and earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a master's degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

McArthur will be making her second trip to space, but her first to the station. She was born in Honolulu but considers California to be her home state. After being selected as an astronaut in 2000, she launched on space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on STS-125, the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, in 2009. McArthur operated the shuttle's robotic arm over the course of the 12 days and 21 hours she spent in space, capturing the telescope and moving crew members during the five spacewalks needed to repair and upgrade it. She holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of California, San Diego.

This will be Hoshide's third spaceflight. He was part of the STS-124 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery in 2008 and a crew member for Expeditions 32 and 33, launching aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2012 for a 124-day visit to the station. Pesquet previously flew as part of Expeditions 50 and 51, launching aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spending 196 days in space.

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 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.

For almost 20 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. As a global endeavor, 240 people from 19 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 3,000 research and educational investigations from researchers in 108 countries.

The station is a critical testbed for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight. As commercial companies focus on providing human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA is free to focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions to the Moon and Mars.

Follow Kimbrough on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow Hoshide on Twitter.

Follow Pesquet on Twitter and Instagram.

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Last Updated: July 28, 2020
Editor: Sean Potter

tnt22

28.07.2020 20:07:52 #11 Последнее редактирование: 28.07.2020 20:25:03 от tnt22
https://ria.ru/20200728/1575063976.html

ЦитатаНАСА объявило состав экипажа Crew Dragon на 2021 год
18:00 28.07.2020

ВАШИНГТОН, 28 июл - РИА Новости. НАСА определило состав следующей пилотируемой миссии Crew Dragon на Международную космическую станцию (МКС), которая отправится на орбиту весной 2021 года, сообщило американское космическое ведомство во вторник.

В экипаж второго коммерческого рейса корабля на орбиту войдут два астронавта НАСА Шейн Кимбро (командир корабля) и Меган Макартур, а также японский астронавт Акихико Хосидэ и француз Тома Песке. Планируется, что экипаж отправится на МКС весной 2021 года и будет оставаться на космической станции около полугода.

В НАСА отмечают, что международный экипаж из четырех человек прибудет на станцию в дополнение к трем членам экипажа, доставленным на российском корабле "Союз", увеличение экипажа позволит НАСА удвоить объем научной работы на МКС.

Crew Dragon принадлежит компании SpaceX и является первым частным пилотируемым кораблем. Он создан по контракту с НАСА для доставки экипажей на МКС. Первый испытательный полет Crew Dragon на МКС состоялся в конце мая, возвращение корабля с экипажем из двух человек планируется 2 августа. После этого НАСА и SpaceX предстоит завершить процедуру сертификации космического корабля для регулярных пилотируемых полетов на орбиту. Первый регулярный рейс Crew Dragon на МКС планируется на конец сентября.

triage

28.07.2020 20:32:29 #12 Последнее редактирование: 28.07.2020 20:36:14 от triage
ЦитатаВ НАСА отмечают, что международный экипаж из четырех человек прибудет на станцию в дополнение к трем членам экипажа, доставленным на российском корабле "Союз", увеличение экипажа позволит НАСА удвоить объем научной работы на МКС
ну-ну, там будет другой Дракон
Цитатаhttps://forum.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/index.php?msg=2014976
февраль - запуск и стыковка Dragon v2 Crew-2 (USCV-2) к PMA 3 / IDA 3 модуля Harmony (Линдгрен, астронавт NASA, Песке, Борисенко (ПО))
февраль - расстыковка от PMA-2 / IDA-2 модуля Harmony и приводнение Dragon v2 Crew-1 (USCV-1) (Хопкинс, Гловер, Уолкер, Ногучи)
а Союзы в октябре и в апреле

tnt22


tnt22

28.07.2020 20:35:10 #14 Последнее редактирование: 28.07.2020 20:46:08 от tnt22
Цитата Human Spaceflight @esaspaceflight 4 ч

Drumroll please 🥁 the mission name & patch for @esa's first astronaut to fly to the @Space_Station on a @SpaceX Crew Dragon 🚀 @Thom_astro
 has been revealed! Well done Christelle de Larrard who first submitted the name "Alpha". What's in a name? 👇

https://esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Thomas_Pesquet_first_ESA_astronaut_to_ride_a_Dragon_to_space
https://video.twimg.com/tweet_video/EeAhQkiWoAU0F76.mp4 (0:08)

tnt22

28.07.2020 20:46:19 #15 Последнее редактирование: 28.07.2020 21:28:34 от tnt22
https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Thomas_Pesquet_first_ESA_astronaut_to_ride_a_Dragon_to_space

Цитата: undefinedThomas Pesquet first ESA astronaut to ride a Dragon to space

28/07/2020

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has officially been assigned to the second operational flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, launching in spring 2021 from Cape Canaveral, USA, to the International Space Station.

"I am thrilled to be the first European to fly on the new generation of US crewed spacecraft," says Thomas. "It will be extra interesting for me to compare with my first flight as a Soyuz pilot, and to bring this experience to the team.

"The Dragon spacecraft is a modern machine with amazing new capabilities. On the other hand, the Soyuz has an unbelievable track record which enabled us to reach the International Space Station for many years. It is a privilege to fly on both."

"With Thomas being the first European astronaut to fly to the International Space Station on a Crew Dragon vehicle, this shows that even when using a commercial spacecraft built in the US, the international character of human spaceflight is still given. The close collaboration among the Space Station partners NASA, JAXA, CSA, Roscosmos and ESA was strong in the past and remains very strong today and will do so in the future," says ESA Director General Jan Wörner.


Thomas Pesquet trains on systems for the SpaceX Crew Dragon

"I am very much looking forward to see European astronauts in an environment again where no borders exist - the International Space Station."

"These new assignments are thanks to the strong commitment to the European exploration programme made by ministers at Space19+ in Seville," adds David Parker, ESA's Director of Human and Robotic Exploration.

"With a 30% increase in annual investment we intend that all current members of the European Astronaut Corps will make a second Space Station mission in due course."

Winning name revealed


Gif of Thomas Pesquet's Alpha mission patch

Thomas' second mission to the International Space Station will be called Alpha. This is after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth, following the French tradition to name space missions after stars or constellations.

The name was chosen from over 27 000 entries submitted to an ESA competition, in which Alpha was suggested 47 times. The first to submit this name was Christelle de Larrard from Mios, Gironde, France.

Christelle will receive a 'flown' mission patch that will orbit Earth in Thomas' luggage on his mission. The other 46 winners will receive unflown but original mission patches as runner-up prizes.

"There were many reasons to choose Alpha as a mission name," says Thomas. "It connects to my first mission, Proxima, as the stars belong to the same system close to Earth, and therefore convey the same idea of proximity (such as space research for people on Earth) and an idea of continuation in my work. Alpha, a Greek letter, is also widely used in mathematics, science and technology. And, as the first letter of the alphabet, it is often synonymous with the excellence we try to achieve in space exploration."

Alpha was also the original denomination of the International Space Station, and is still used today as its radio call sign. The word is pronounced the same in almost every language, for a simple yet meaningful mission name. 

"Congratulations Christelle and the 46 others!" concludes Thomas.

Patch design


Mission patch for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's Alpha mission

The Alpha patch was designed by ESA's graphic artists, and features a rocket launch - the most dramatic moment of every space mission. Around the patch are 17 coloured slots representing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

At the top, the International Space Station is stylised in the colours of the French flag. Ten stars sparkle in the background, evoking the Centaurus constellation, and the number of French citizens who have flown to space.

Thomas has already started training for his new spacecraft in the simulator, and for his six-month stay on the International Space Station, refreshing skills to ensure the best is made from his time in space. During his last mission, Proxima, he took part in more than 60 European experiments, more than 200 overall, and set a record for the number of hours spent on science in a week.

The crew of Expedition 50/51 still found the time to make six spacewalks, launch 36 nanosatellites, perform a handful of robotic operations, and, in their free time, take thousands of breathtaking pictures of Earth.


ESA astronauts Matthias Maurer and Thomas Pesquet training at NASA's Johnson Space Center

The next mission promises to be even more action-packed as the crew increases from six to seven members on average - because the US crew capsules can now fly four astronauts into space, one more than a Soyuz - and major upgrades to Europe's laboratory that will give quicker access to microgravity experiments for researchers on Earth. 

ESA also was able to acquire an additional mission to the International Space Station in 2021 for the first flight of ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer. Details of that mission are yet to be established, but for now Matthias is training as the backup for Thomas.

"The International Space Station is celebrating 20 years of human presence in space later this year, but even after two decades of continuous human presence in Earth orbit, spaceflight is no easy undertaking," says Frank De Winne, Space Station Expedition 21 Commander and Head of the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

"This mission assignment is the first time a European will fly to the Space Station in the Crew Dragon, making it extra special, while ensuring research for the benefit of humankind continues at all times above our heads."

The Alpha mission will be the first time a European astronaut is launched from the USA in almost a decade, after Roberto Vittori travelled in Space Shuttle Endeavourto the International Space Station to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02 in 2011.

Follow Thomas, his training and mission on social media via thomaspesquet.esa.int.

tnt22

Цитата Megan McArthur @Astro_Megan 1 ч. назад

At SpaceX this week for training with @astro_kimbrough, learning how to fly the Dragon.


lev_g

Меган МакАртур - жена Боба Бенкена. Только что провожала супруга в полет на Драконе, теперь летит сама, причем на том же самом корабле. Семейный подряд просто.

metelica

Цитата: lev_g от 29.07.2020 12:08:26Меган МакАртур - жена Боба Бенкена. Только что провожала супруга в полет на Драконе, теперь летит сама, причем на том же самом корабле. Семейный подряд просто.
Причем ее полет анонсировали в день 50-летия мужа.

Ну-и-ну

Муж, жена, а потом ещё и ребёнку машинку донашивать.

tnt22

Цитата Jeff Foust @jeff_foust 37 с

Stich confirms what the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said last week, that the Demo-2 capsule will be reflow on Crew-2 next spring.

tnt22

Цитата Jeff Foust @jeff_foust 22 с

SpaceX'e Benji Reed says the Dragon refurbishment process takes a couple of months, so "plenty of margin" to have it ready for Crew-2 in spring 2021.

tnt22

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/08/12/back-at-cape-canaveral-spacexs-crew-dragon-capsule-begins-preps-for-next-mission/

ЦитатаBack at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule preps for next mission
August 12, 2020 Stephen Clark


SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft returned to Cape Canaveral on Aug. 7 aboard the "Go Navigator" recovery ship. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

Fresh off a 64-day test flight to the International Space Station with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, SpaceX's first human-rated Crew Dragon spaceship is back at Cape Canaveral for inspections, refurbishment and upgrades before flying to the station again with a four-person crew next spring.

The crew capsule -- named "Endeavour" by Hurley and Behnken -- arrived at Port Canaveral on Aug. 7 aboard SpaceX's "Go Navigator" recovery ship after sailing from the Gulf of Mexico, where the Dragon spacecraft splashed down under parachutes Aug. 2 south of Pensacola, Florida.

The splashdown punctuated a successful demonstration flight to the International Space Station. The test flight, designated Demo-2, was the first Crew Dragon mission with astronauts on-board. NASA plans to review data from the Demo-2 mission before formally certifying the Crew Dragon for regular crew rotation flights to the space station beginning later this year.

SpaceX and NASA personnel aboard the recovery ship assisted Hurley and Behnken in getting out of the spacecraft after it was hoisted onto the vessel. While the astronauts returned to Houston by air, SpaceX's recovery ship returned to Port Canaveral on Florida's east coast, where engineers and technicians waited to transfer the Crew Dragon spacecraft to a processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX has built a new Crew Dragon spacecraft for the company's first operational crew rotation flight to the space station this fall. That mission, known as Crew-1, will carry NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on a roughly six-month mission to the station.

The second regular Crew Dragon flight set for launch as soon as next March. Earlier this year, SpaceX and NASA agreed to re-fly the Crew Dragon from the Demo-2 test flight on the Crew-2 mission next year.

SpaceX is under contract to fly six of these "post-certification missions" for NASA through the mid-2020s. NASA has a similar contract with Boeing for six crew rotation flights on the Starliner crew capsule, which has yet to launch on a test flight with astronauts.


SpaceX's "Go Navigator" recovery ship returns to Port Canaveral on Aug. 7 with the Crew Dragon spacecraft that carried astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

SpaceX will refurbish the Crew Dragon spacecraft in a facility known as Area 59 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Once used to ready Air Force GPS navigation satellites for launch, the Area 59 site is now under SpaceX management for the Crew Dragon program.

While SpaceX's past space station cargo missions using an earlier Dragon design ended with splashdowns in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, managers moved the returns of Crew Dragon flights to locations in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, closer to the refurbishment facility at Cape Canaveral. The Demo-2 mission splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico due to weather concerns in the Atlantic from Hurricane Isaias.

"The capsule is designed for five to 10 missions," said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer. "We'll have to see how things work out after we examine the capsule when it gets back to port and back to the Cape to our facilities there, but based on the telemetry and any visible indications that we've had so far, the vehicle looks like it's in really good shape."

Steve Stich, manager of NASA's commercial crew program, said SpaceX's proposal to reuse the Crew Dragon spacecraft "looked like it was a reasonable thing to do."

"I think part of the question was how long does it take refurbish the vehicle," Stich said. "It takes about four months or so. We have a lot of margin getting to the flight in the spring timeframe for Crew-2. The vehicle ... as gets back to Area 59 at the Cape, it'll start going through its maintenance."

Stich said NASA will follow along with SpaceX's maintenance, "just to make sure that there's nothing untoward."

SpaceX originally proposed reusing Crew Dragon spacecraft on astronaut missions when NASA selected the company to develop and fly its crew capsule in 2014. At that time, SpaceX intended to return Crew Dragons to propulsive landings on shore, rather than splashdowns at sea.

SpaceX later nixed that idea, and the company and NASA agreed to fly new Crew Dragon vehicles on astronaut missions. But SpaceX gained experience in refurbishing Dragon cargo capsules after splashdowns in salt water, and NASA said in June it agreed to fly astronauts on reused Crew Dragon spaceships and previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket boosters.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency's agreement to fly astronauts on reused capsules fits with NASA's strategy.

"Our desire as an agency has been for sustainability, and that means reusability," Bridenstine said.

SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral will remove the exterior panels from the Crew Dragon spacecraft, and begin inspections to assess how the spacecraft weathered its 64-day space mission, according to Benji Reed, SpaceX's director of crew mission management.

"We want to make sure that we kind of dig deep and understand everything that's gone on with this vehicle, make sure we're really ready to go, and then do some of the aspects of the refurbishment," Reed said. "There are some things that we will replace, some things that are standardly replaced, some things that we want to upgrade based on lessons learned, or that were already planned in work."

SpaceX will still need to build a new trunk for each Crew Dragon mission. The trunk is an unpressurized module mounted to the rear of the Crew Dragon capsule, providing electrical power with solar arrays, and radiators to maintain steady temperatures inside the spaceship.

The trunk is jettisoned before re-entry and burns up in the atmosphere.

"We have to produce a new trunk for each flight," Reed said. "For this flight, we'll have upgraded solar panels."

Otherwise, Reed said the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be "almost entirely reused," other than a few things that will be upgraded or replaced.

SpaceX says reusing spacecraft -- like recovering and reusing rockets -- comes not just with economic benefits, but also improvements in reliability.

"You learn so much from a vehicle that can re-fly, and you also have to build it better," Reed said. "You have to build it more robustly for a vehicle that you know that you need to use multiple times."

SpaceX will also fly a variant of the Crew Dragon spacecraft for resupply missions to the space station. The crew and cargo versions are collectively known as the Dragon 2 design, building on the first-generation cargo-carrying Dragon 1 spacecraft, which SpaceX retired earlier this year

"We are building out a fleet of Dragon 2s, but cargo version and crew version," Shotwell said. "We want to wait and see how many we have to build before we say we're done building out the fleet. We want to see how this vehicle looks after we get the opportunity to inspect it and such, but we do anticipate building out the fleet."


NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough train on a Crew Dragon simulator. Credit: SpaceX

NASA announced astronaut assignments for the Crew-2 mission last month.

Veteran astronaut Shane Kimbrough will command the Crew-2 mission. He has logged 189 days in orbit on two previous missions to the International Space Station, first aboard a NASA space shuttle, and then a six-month expedition in 2016 and 2017 during which he launched and landed on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, a veteran of a nearly 13-day space shuttle flight in 2009, will serve as pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. McArthur is married to Bob Behnken, who just completed his flight on the same Crew Dragon spacecraft.

"Megan is first and foremost an astronaut when it comes to our perspective," Shotwell said.

"We will make sure that that vehicle is as good or better than the vehicle that Bob flew in ... What we did for Bob, I think we can do an even better job for Megan, and I hope she is really excited to fly in this particular capsule. I was really excited to have her named the pilot for the Crew-2 mission."

"It's definitely her turn to focus on getting her mission, while I take care of the things that need to be taken care of for our home life," Behnken said last week.

Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet will accompany Kimbrough and McArthur on the Crew-2 mission. Hoshide and Pesquet are experienced space fliers with long-duration space station expeditions to their credit.

The Crew-2 astronauts will make up part of the space station's crew during their planned six-month mission. The other three crew members will launch on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, bringing the total station crew complement to seven.

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Цитата Shane Kimbrough @astro_kimbrough 1 ч. назад

Thanks to the @spacex team for another great week of training w @astro_megan as we prepare for the Crew-2 mission next year #nasa #spacex #crewdragon #iss #space



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Цитата Thomas Pesquet @Thom_astro 5 ч. назад

Here's the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha


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Цитата Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 6 мин. назад

Crew-2 - March 30th readiness date
Crew-3 - Late-summer/early-fall readiness date

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Цитата Thomas Pesquet @Thom_astro 2 ч. назад

Permis de tank : Жирная белая галочкаПодмигивающее лицо. En cas de problème avant le lancement, une tyrolienne Фуникулер nous extrait du pas de tir, puis nous conduisons nous-mêmes un blindé jusqu'à une distance de sécurité. Safety first!





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Armoured vehicle driving license: Жирная белая галочкаПодмигивающее лицо If ever there is a problem just before launch we can take a zip-line Фуникулер to ground and drive ourselves to safety in this armoured vehicle. Safety first!





 Ben Cooper @LaunchPhoto 1 ч. назад

Crew-2 also getting ready for their adventure next Spring (L-R: Thomas Pesquet of France/ESA, Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur and Aki Hoshide of Japan)


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К #26
https://vk.com/spacex?w=wall-41152133_263822
ЦитатаШейн Кимбро, Меган Макартур, Акихико Хошидэ и Тома Песке провели тренировку по аварийной эвакуации с башни обслуживания площадки LC-39A с высоты 80 метров, погрузку в специальную корзину и безопасный спуск вниз. Затем экипаж сел в бронемашину с противоминной защитой (MRAP) и был эвакуирован за пределы площадки.

Crew-2 - это вторая плановая миссия на МКС, она должна отправиться на станцию на корабле Crew Dragon 30 марта 2021 года.

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Цитата Stephen Clark @StephenClark1 57 мин. назад

Another note from my interview with Kathy Lueders:

Crew-2 is slated to re-fly the Falcon 9 booster from Crew-1.

If SpaceX can't recover the F9 booster on Crew-1, NASA is looking at backup options for Crew-2. A top option is re-flying the F9 from the Sentinel-6 launch on Crew-2.

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Цитата Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz 1 ч

SpaceX Crew-2 (NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, & ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet) practicing water emergency splashdown training last month:

Photos: Amber Jean Watson & Kim Shiflett / @NASA



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Цитата Shane Kimbrough @astro_kimbrough 40 мин. назад

Excited to reveal our Crew-2 mission patch!  The determined expression of the Dragon in the patch reflects the strength of the team and their contribution to the exploration of space @Thom_astro
@Astro_Megan @Aki_Hoshide #nasa #spacex #iss #space