NASA and SpaceX are preparing for the 2nd functional flight of the Team Dragon spacecraft. 4 astronauts will drawback a trip in the Dragon, raised into orbit atop the workhorse Falcon 9 booster, on Thursday, April 22. It’s going to be a morning flight and here’s how you can follow along live.
There will be some familiar hardware assisting the brand-new team leave this rock. “The Falcon 9 that will be utilized to introduce this objective utilizes the exact same booster as NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1, marking the very first time a flight-proven booster will be utilized for a crewed launch,” stated NASA in a declaration.
NASA TELEVISION will livestream the launch, which will happen at the Kennedy Area Center in Florida. The occasion is set up for 3:11 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 22. It will take approximately a day to reach the station.
NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough will be signed up with by the European Area Company’s Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Expedition Company. All 4 have actually currently been to area, triggering Pesquet to tweet in March, “I do not imply to display however this team may have the most combined experience in spaceflight history!”
SpaceX and NASA are moving into the business-as-usual stage of their Business Team Program collaboration. The early test flights worked out and thewent efficiently. Crew-2 marks the 2nd team rotation flight for Team Dragon and the very first with 2 worldwide partner astronauts on board.
NASA is looking towards succumb to the launch of a Crew-3 objective, which might take off as early as Oct. 23. Crew-2 would aim to go back to Earth not long after that.
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