NASA and SpaceX Targets to Launch Crew 1 Mission on Sunday Due to Onshore Winds and Recovery Operation

SpaceX and NASA have extended the launch of Crew 1 Mission to the international space station for one day due to onshore winds and recovery operations. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule were scheduled to dispatch the space explorers to the International Space Station on Saturday (Nov 14) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That mission, called Crew-1, will now launch on Sunday at 7:27 p.m. EST (0027 Nov. 16 GMT) from Tropical Storm Eta.  On the launch day, there are 70% chances of good weather as the U.S. Space Force figured out.

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said in one of his tweets that “Due to onshore winds and recovery operations, @NASA and @SpaceX are targeting launch of the Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the @Space_Station  at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 15. The first stage booster is planned to be reused to fly astronauts on Crew-2.

SpaceX uses advanced technology to reuses the rocket after launch. Basically, for this operation too, scientists are using automatic electronic robot drone ships as landing pads in the Atlantic Ocean,  and its rocket can also be later reused.  But it needs good weather to launch the rocket. On Saturday, the weather was bad because of an onshore whirlwind that couldn’t let the scantiest get the robot drone pulled out precisely on time.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager Steve Stitch said. “We will reuse the essential stage that we’re flying on Crew-1 for the Crew-2 mission coming up in the springtime.”

SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission will take NASA space travelers Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency space explorer Soichi Noguchi on a six-month mission at the International Space Station.  The mission is the first operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon transport for NASA and the first four-man flight test trip for the company.

The mission was set to launch on Oct. 23 first, but by then, it was pushed forward to Oct. 31. After that, SpaceX and NASA planned to launch the mission in mid-November in order to replace two rocket engines on the mission’s rocket 9 booster.

If SpaceX crew-1 had dispatched the mission on Saturday, the Crew-1 space explorers would have shown up at the station early on Sunday daytime following an 8.5-hour trip time on account of the location of the station at that point. Because of the one-day delay, the Crew-1 mission will eventually take around three times longer to reach the international space station.

“It’s around 27 hours from dispatch to dock,” Steve Stitch, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program head, told the reporters on Tuesday (Nov. 10.).  “Likewise, that is only an aftereffect of the way where the orbital mechanics line up.”  That extra time interprets the Crew-1 space pioneers will stay the night in their Crew Dragon, which they’ve named “Flexibility.”

International Space Station

“It gives them more obvious opportunity to assess Dragon,” Reed imparted, adding that SpaceX is more eager to see how the capsule performs with a full collecting supplement during that time. He added, “I’m in every practical sense, there are a couple of transmission events that they’ll have the choice to do with this time stretch, and you know, checking things out seeing the Earth venture by.”

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