The four astronauts will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX capsule. This flight will be the second SpaceX crew launch for NASA and the first of its regular flights to the station. This will end the space agency’s dependence on Russian rockets for crew flights.
The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Soichi Noguchi, is expected to launch from Florida on November 16.
You can watch the live broadcast of the mission starting. If all goes to plan and the mission is launched on time, four astronauts are expected to dock at the space station on Monday.
Earlier this flight was postponed – the head of NASA James Bridenstine wrote about this on Twitter. According to him, coastal winds and restoration work were the reason. The launch has been postponed November 15-16 and will take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This is Crew Dragon’s first operational mission. Previously, he made two demonstration flights, after which NASA certified SpaceX to organize the prompt delivery of astronauts to the ISS and back.