Launch Of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Delayed Until November. NASA is a government agency in the US that is responsible for science and technology related to air and space. It is short for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. According to Wikipedia, NASA was established in 1958, succeeding in the NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics). The new agency was to have a distinctly civilian orientation, encouraging peaceful applications in space science. Most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA including the Apollo moon landing mission, the Skylab space station, and later the space shuttle.
The Agency is supporting the International space station and also oversees the development of the Orion spacecraft, commercial crew vehicles, and the space launch system. Thus, they’re also responsible for the launch service program, which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for uncrewed NASA launches.
The company initially planned to release the SpaceX Crew-1 mission in October, but it was delayed to fix the issues with the first stage engine gas generators on Falcon 9 Rocket. SpaceX also planned to send the ISS under a contract with NASA, awarded in 2014. To get the news in full read the section below, from the verge website.
Launch Of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Delayed Until November
According to The Verge, the mission will bring three NASA astronauts and a JAXA astronaut to the International Space station. The Agency announced on Saturday that NASA has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission until early-to-mid November.
NASA said in a statement, it was originally scheduled for October 31st, the planned six months mission was delayed to allow SpaceX to resolve issues with the first stage engine gas generators on the Falcon 9 rocket. When it launches, American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, plus Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will be aboard SpaceX’s first operational crewed mission to the ISS.
Crew-1 is among six planned missions SpaceX plans to send to the ISS under a contract with NASA, awarded in 2014, as part of the commercial Crew program that brought private sector firms into the US space program.
Moreover, SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon flight, the DM-2, or Demo-2, was a test mission that brought NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS in May for a two-month visit. Thus, the Crew Dragon docked with the ISS and returned safely to Earth on August 2nd, giving NASA the data it needed to certify regular trips to and from the ISS with astronauts aboard in the future.