NASA Has Revealed The Timing Of The First Regular Flight Of Crew Dragon To The ISS
The first contract flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft with four crew members to the International space station will not take place until the end of September, NASA said on Wednesday.
"The launch is not planned until the end of September and will follow the successful return from the space station of NASA astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley and analysis by NASA and SpaceX of the second demonstration flight," NASA said on Wednesday.
The upcoming launch should be the first since the Crew Dragon test launch on the ISS with two NASA astronauts in late May. Their return to Earth is still scheduled for August 1-2. Earlier it was reported that for Crew Dragon to be admitted to a regular mission, NASA must certify the ship.
As previously reported, NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins (crew commander), Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are scheduled to go on the first regular flight to the ISS on the new Crew Dragon ship.
Crew Dragon, created by SpaceX under a contract with NASA, was the first private manned spacecraft. With its commissioning, the United States is regaining the ability to independently fly into space, which was lost in 2011 with the completion of the Space Shuttle program. For the past nine years, Americans have been brought to the ISS for a fee by Russian Soyuz ships.