World_news NASA schedules the first Crew Dragon operational flight for Halloween – Engadget

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“The new target date will deconflict the Crew-1 launch and arrival from upcoming Soyuz launch and landing operations. This additional time is needed to ensure closure of all open work, both on the ground and aboard the station, ahead of the Crew-1 arrival. The increased spacing also will provide a good window of opportunity to conduct additional testing to isolate the station atmosphere leak if required. SpaceX continues to make progress on preparations of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, and the adjusted date allows the teams additional time for completing open work ahead of launch.”

The mission will take NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi, to the ISS. There will stay there for six months. SpaceXdeliveredthe Crew Dragon spacecraft that will be used for this flight to Cape Canaveral in Florida back in August. The capsule will launch on top of a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Halloween at around 2: 40AM Eastern time.

NASA says it’s in the final stages of the data reviews needed for the company’s certification following Demo—2. It will broadcast a series ofmedia briefingsto provide updates about the certification process and to talk about the Crew-1 mission starting on September 29th, 11 AM Eastern.

NEWS: We’re now targeting 2: 40am ET Saturday, Oct. 31, for the launch of the@NASAand@SpaceXCrew-1 mission to send astronauts to the@Space_Station. Here is the latest#LaunchAmericaupdate:https://t.co/UXtCHLq247pic.twitter.com/szkUUQMVv1

— Kathy Lueders (@KathyLueders)September 29, 2020

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