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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.


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.


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.


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


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


Цитата Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 6 мин. назад

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


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!

1 ч. назад

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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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.


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.


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


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


29.01.2021 23:27:47 #31 Последнее редактирование: 29.01.2021 23:44:22 от zandr
Цитата: undefinedNASA, SpaceX to Launch Second Commercial Crew Rotation Mission to International Space Station
Members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station participated in training in Hawthorne, California on Jan. 11, 20201. Pictured from left are ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Photo Credit: SpaceX
Members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station participated in training in Hawthorne, California on Jan. 11, 20201. Pictured from left are ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Photo Credit: SpaceX
Members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station participated in training in Hawthorne, California, on Jan. 11, 2021. Pictured from left are ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Photo Credit: SpaceX
NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Tuesday, April 20, for launch of the second crew rotation mission with astronauts on an American rocket and spacecraft from the United States to the International Space Station.
NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 mission will launch four astronauts aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station. It will be the first mission to fly two international partner crew members as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program.
NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.
The mission will lift off 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, living and working as part of what is expected to be a seven-member crew.
Crew-2 also is expected to arrive at the space station to overlap with the astronauts that flew to the station as part of the agency's SpaceX Crew-1 mission.
Return of Crew-1 with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, is currently scheduled for late April or early May. Crew-2 astronauts are set to return in fall 2021.
NASA and SpaceX also continue preparations for the launch of the agency's Crew-3 mission, which currently is targeted for fall of this year.

Astro Cat

А костюмчики то утеплили. Сверху какие то комбинезоны надели.


ЦитатаNASA и SpaceX планируют запустить следующий пилотируемый корабль Crew Dragon к МКС не ранее 20 апреля
30.01.2021 10:42:05
       Вашингтон. 30 января. ИНТЕРФАКС - Следующий космический корабль Crew Dragon компании SpaceX с четырьмя астронавтами на борту отправится на Международную космическую станцию (МКС) не ранее 20 апреля, сообщило NASA.
       В состав экипажа Crew Dragon-2 вошли представители сразу трех космических агентств - астронавты NASA Меган Макартур (командир корабля) и Шейн Кимбро (пилот), астронавт Европейского космического агентства (ESA) Томас Песке и астронавт Японского агентства аэрокосмических исследований (JAXA) Акихико Хосидэ.
       Запуск тяжелой ракеты-носителя Falcon 9 с кораблем Crew Dragon-2 в рамках коммерческой пилотируемой программы NASA будет осуществлен со стартового комплекса 39А Комического центра имени Кеннеди во Флориде.
       Отмечается, что экипаж корабля будет работать на МКС несколько месяцев в составе общего экипажа станции из семи человек.
       Какое-то время астронавты Crew Dragon-2 будут находиться на МКС одновременно с экипажем корабля Crew Dragon-1, который в настоящее время работает на станции и также состоит из четырех человек.
       Возвращение корабля Crew Dragon-1 планируется на конец апреля - начало мая. Что касается Crew Dragon-2, то он вернется на Землю осенью.
       Тем временем, NASA и SpaceX уже готовят полет к МСК корабля Crew Dragon-3. Он намечен на осень.
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       В настоящее время экипаж МКС состоит из ее командира, космонавта "Роскосмоса" Сергея Рыжикова, космонавта Сергея Кудь-Сверчкова, астронавта NASA Кэтлин Рубинс, а также прибывших 17 ноября прошлого года на станцию на новейшем американском пилотируемом корабле Crew Dragon компании SpaceX американских астронавтов Майкла Хопкинса, Виктора Гловера, Шеннона Уокера и астронавта Японского агентства аэрокосмических исследований (JAXA) Соичи Ногучи.

ЦитатаЯпонец станет командиром МКС впервые с 2014 года
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МОСКВА, 24 фев - РИА Новости. Следующим японским астронавтом, который отправится на Международную космическую станцию, станет Акихико Хошидэ, он будет вторым в истории японским командиром МКС, сообщил в интервью РИА Новости директор московского представительства Японского агентства аэрокосмических исследований (JAXA) Ёсио Вада.
Цитата: undefined"Сейчас там находится Соичи Ногучи. После него приблизительно этой весной на американском корабле Crew Dragon отправится астронавт Акихико Хошидэ, и он станет командиром МКС", - сказал Вада.
Согласно планам японского агентства, в 2022 году должен состояться полет Коичи Вакаты, а в 2023 году - астронавта Сатоши Фурукавы. Как уточнил Вада, дальнейших планов нет, так как официально работа станции планируется до декабря 2024 года, хоть продление этого срока и обсуждается.
Первым и пока единственным в истории командиром МКС из Японии был Коичи Ваката. Он командовал экипажем станции с марта по май 2014 года.


ЦитатаNASA Commercial Crew  @Commercial_Crew
TODAY Television Join us starting at 12:30pm ET as @NASA hosts multiple briefings to highlight the Crew-2 mission to the @Space_Station.
12:30pm ET: Mission Overview News Conference
2pm ET: Crew News Conference
3:30pm ET: Round Robin Crew Interviews


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Цитата 1:09:00
News Update on Upcoming NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 Mission
Watch for a live news update on the upcoming launch of the Crew Dragon, with four astronauts aboard, from our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 mission, currently scheduled for liftoff no earlier than April 20, will be the second crew rotation flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will travel to the International Space Station for a mission of about six months.

Speaking at today's briefing are:
- Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, NASA Headquarters
- Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA's Kennedy Space Center
- Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, Johnson
- Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
- Hiroshi Sasaki, JAXA vice president and director general, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
- David Parker, director, Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA 

Цитата 57:25
Meet the Astronauts Launching on NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to the International Space Station
Watch a live Q&A with the next four astronauts launching to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon! 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 serve as mission specialists.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 mission  is currently set for liftoff no earlier than April 20, atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be Kimbrough's third trip to space, McArthur's second, Pesquet's second, and the third spaceflight for Hoshide. 


Цитата: Astro Cat от 30.01.2021 07:43:53А костюмчики то утеплили. Сверху какие то комбинезоны надели.
Ну видимо не хотят повторения проскочивших кадров во время Крю-1 мёрзнущих космонавтов из-за нештатной ситуации.