The agency announced Saturday that NASA has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission from early November to mid-November. The mission will eventually bring three NASA astronauts and one astronaut from Japan’s Jaxa space agency to the International Space Station.
Originally scheduled for Oct. 31, the first phase of the Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to schedule time to fix problems with engine gas generators, was delayed, NASA said in a statement. When it launches, American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Sochi Noguchi will be passengers on SpaceX’s first ISS mission.
Crew-1 is one of six planned missions, SpaceX plans to deploy to ISS under an agreement with NASA, provided in 2014 as part of a commercial crew program that brought private sector companies into the U.S. space program.
SpaceX’s first crew, the Dragon Aircraft, DM-2, or Demo-2, was a test mission that brought NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS on a two-month trip in May. The crew docked the Dragon with the ISS and returned to Earth safely on August 2, providing NASA with the necessary data from the ISS and evidence of regular travel with future astronauts aboard the ship.
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