Crew Dragon’s next launch date announced

SpaceX may complete the third Crew Dragon launch no earlier than October 23, 2020.

According to the US space agency, the next Crew Dragon launch will take place no earlier than October 23. It will be Crew Dragon’s first contract mission to the ISS. NASA representatives Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as Japanese Soichi Noguchi, will go to the station.

Crew Dragon made its first unmanned launch on March 2, 2019. The first manned launch of the spacecraft took place on May 30, 2020, and on August 2, the device together with the crew successfully returned to Earth.

Crew Dragon was developed on the basis of the Dragon unmanned spacecraft, which made its first flight on December 8, 2010. The Crew Dragon is 8.1 meters high and four meters in diameter. Payload weight – 6,000 kilograms. The ship can accommodate seven crew members.

According to previously announced plans by SpaceX, in the future Crew Dragon should replace the much larger Starship spacecraft.

Recall that Elon Musk’s company recently tested its demonstrator – Starship SN5. He became the first of the ship’s technology demonstrators who managed to make a “jump” 150 meters.