This story was updated at 7:41 p.m.
NASA’s first four SpaceX spacecraft will have to wait at least an extra day to land.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon The capsule is scheduled to send astronauts to the International Space Station on Saturday (Nov. 14) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That work, Called Crew-1, Now launches EST (0027 Nov 16 GMT) at 7:27 pm on Sunday due to weather delays in tropical storm Etta, which has affected SpaceX’s drone rocket rescue operations. This release had a 70% chance of good weather.
“Basically, it was an issue of getting the drone on time,” Benji Reid, senior director for SpaceX’s human space travel program, told reporters at a news conference Friday. “The weather was due to this tropical storm. The drone left the ship on time and could not get there.”
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SpaceX uses autonomous drone ships as landing pads floating in the Atlantic Ocean, later reusing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. But those activities require good weather. The recovery of the first phase of the Crew-1 mission is crucial as the booster will be used on SpaceX’s next space flight to NASA, which is scheduled to launch on March 30.
“This booster is very important to us,” said Steve Stitch, NASA’s Business Team Project Manager. “We are going to reuse the first phase of flying in Crew-1 for the upcoming Crew-2 mission in the spring.”
Reid said SpaceX and NASA currently have no concerns about communication-tracking, responding to a question about SpaceX CEO Elon Muskin’s announcement today. Received two positive tests for the corona virus responsible for COVID-19, As well as two negative tests.
“I can assure everyone that we are fine with the Crew-1 launch and all the personnel involved,” Reid said.
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SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission will include NASA astronauts Victor Clover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Sochi Nokuchi on a six-month mission to the International Space Station.
The mission is the first operational aircraft of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft for NASA, and the company’s first four-person aircraft. (SpaceX’s first space flight to NASA in May carried only two astronauts.)
The work was originally scheduled to begin on Oct. 23 and was later postponed to Oct. 31. Last month, SpaceX and NASA The flight was postponed to mid-November To allow time for the replacement of the two rocket engines in the mission’s Falcon 9 booster.
A 24-hour launch delay means a longer journey to the space station for the Crew-1 astronauts.
If SpaceX had started the mission on Saturday, the Crew-1 astronauts would have reached the station early Sunday morning after an 8.5-hour journey, as the station was located at that time. Due to a one-day delay, the Crew-1 mission will now take three times as long.
NASA Business Team Project Manager Steve Stitch told reporters at a news conference Tuesday (Nov. 10): “It takes about 27 hours from launch to dock. “That’s because it’s an orbital dynamic sequence.”
If that was extra time, the Crew-1 astronauts would spend the night in their Crew Dragon, which they named “Retreat”.
“It gives them more opportunity to try Dragon,” Reid said, adding that SpaceX is eager to see how the capsule works with the entire crew at the time. “I’m sure there are two broadcast events they can do during this period, you know, testing things out when you see them crossing the earth.”
The weather forecast for Sunday’s launch is slightly less favorable than Saturday, with a 60% chance of good weather, according to the U.S. Space Force.
If SpaceX fails to launch Sunday, Crew-1 astronauts will have to wait three more days until Wednesday (Nov. 18) to retry. This is due to a few things: First, the two astronauts currently on the space station will make a space mission on Monday, so the station’s current three-person Expedition 64 crew will be busy. Reed added that a launch on Tuesday would take longer to reach the station than on Sunday’s flight profile.
“So the next opportunity will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the middle of next week,” he said.
SpaceX is one of two businesses with multi-billion dollar contracts to fly astronauts to the space station for NASA. The other company, Boeing, will launch astronauts on its own Starliner spacecraft using the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rockets.
The first group launch of SpaceX for NASA was halted on May 30. That work, Called Demo-2, Lasted two months and carried two astronauts in and out of the station.
You can see the release of SpaceX’s Crew-1 for NASA Live here on space.com EST (1915 GMT) starts at 3:15 pm on Sunday.
Author’s note: This story has been updated to add new ideas from SpaceX and NASA regarding the release delay for the Crew-1 mission.
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