SpaceX has delivered the NASA Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft to Florida ahead of launch.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft which would possibly maybe be extinct for the NASA Crew-1 mission is processed within the natty room at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California in April 2020 | Image credit: SpaceX/NASA

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft which would possibly maybe be extinct for the principle operational mission to the World Jam Build apart arrived in Florida sooner than the deliberate October 23 birth date.

In step with an August 18 NASA Commercial Crew weblog publish, the Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft (C207) arrived at the SpaceX processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Pressure Build apart on August 18. The spacecraft will now undergo “prelaunch processing” earlier than it’s transported to the nearby Kennedy Jam Centre for integration with the Falcon 9 birth automobile.

Crew-1 is determined to be the principle of frequent rotational missions to the orbiting laboratory following the completion of the Crew Dragon’s NASA certification. Though SpaceX has performed the spacecraft’s crewed demo mission successfully, NASA is for the time being gentle reviewing info from the flight earlier than certifying the Crew Dragon for operational flight.

Preparations for the Falcon 9 rocket that would possibly maybe lift the Crew-1 Crew Dragon into orbit are also progressing like a flash. In July, the rocket’s first stage booster arrived in Florida for closing birth preparations. The rocket’s 2nd stage performed a a success static fireplace test at the SpaceX facility in McGregor, Texas on August 19.

The birth of the Crew-1 mission is for the time being scheduled for no earlier than October 23, 2020. This would possibly maybe very successfully be launched from the historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Jam Centre with a crew of 4.

The four-particular person crew is made up of commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, and mission specialist Shannon Walker, all of NASA, and JAXA mission specialist Soichi Noguchi. The crew will dwell aboard the home position for a “six-month science mission.”

In step with NASA, the four-particular person crew would possibly maybe have a serious impression on the amount of time the company will most certainly be ready to commit to analyze aboard the home position. “Returning to stable rotation successfully doubles the amount of time we have on hand for learn,” says NASA ISS Deputy Chief Scientist Jennifer Buchli.