SpaceX’s next launch can be virtualized

NASA and SpaceX are offering to participate in the first flight together virtually. To do this, you need to download the astronaut’s passport and subscribe to updates about the mission.

The first joint launch on the ISS by SpaceX and NASA will take place on November 14. If it goes according to plan, Crew-1 crew will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will send the Crew Dragon capsule with four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month stay.

NASA said anyone can follow the details of the mission virtually – this time they will be given more complete access, which is usually only given to guests at the Space Center. “The experience of the virtual launch of NASA’s Crew-1 crew this time includes materials from the launch, a digital ticket on board, notifications on social networks and by mail, and receiving an astronaut’s passport, which we will send after a successful launch,” the agency added.

You can download the Crew-1 starter passport here. NASA also encourages people to subscribe to their newsletter or receive mission updates on social media.

On October 10, 2020, NASA postponed the start of the first regular Crew-1 mission to the ISS to early November. After that, SpaceX had additional time to test the operation of the Falcon 9 elements. Earlier, during pre-flight preparation, the company’s specialists recorded “non-standard behavior” of the gas generator of the first stage of the launch vehicle.

On August 2, 2020, the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission successfully completed. It was the last major test of the spacecraft before it was certified by NASA for regular commercial manned flights to the ISS.

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