NASA and the SpaceX company successfully sent this Sunday from Cape Canaveral (Florida) the first operational manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil, after bad weather caused by tropical storm Eta forced it to be postponed for almost 24 hours.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule on top of it took off from Kenndy Space Center a day later than expected. That is, at 7:27 p.m. local time on Sunday, November 15 (00.27 hours GMT on Monday, November 16), with four astronauts on board: Shannon walker, Michael Hopkins, Victor glover, Y Soichi Noguchi.
Once it is separated from the rocket, which is reusable, the capsule, dubbed Resilience for this mission, will arrive at the ISS at around 11:00 p.m. on Monday (4:00 GMT on Tuesday).
It is the second manned flight for SpaceX, a private company founded by businessman Elon Musk, which will now take NASA astronauts into space after nine years of US dependence on Russian Soyuz rockets.
The mission had to be postponed one day, it was scheduled for yesterday Saturday, due to the bad weather generated by tropical storm Eta, which on Thursday crossed the entire northern part of Florida and continued its journey in Atlantic waters after leaving heavy flooding in this state .
According to the mission managers, the weather conditions did not offer guarantees that the platform that should receive the Falcon 9 rocket will reach its position in the Atlantic Ocean.
Part of the rocket is scheduled to be used again in the next manned mission to NASA’s space station and SpaceX in March.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the Crew Dragon capsule, carries four astronauts on NASA’s first commercial crew mission (REUTERS / Tom Baur)
“The weather was such due to this tropical storm that we could not get the drone (platform) to leave on time and get there,” said Benji, director of Space X’s Manned Space Flight Program at a Cape Canaveral press conference Reed.
In turn, Steve Stich, from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, pointed out that the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be used in the flight of the Crew-1 mission will be reused for “the Crew-2 mission that is coming in spring”.
Aboard the capsule travels an astronaut from the US space agency, Shannon walker, and two male colleagues, Michael Hopkins Y Victor glover, in addition to the Japanese astronaut Soichi noguchi, which will be received at the EEI by Kate rubins, NASA, and the Russians Sergey Ryzhikov Y Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.
The four astronauts have been at Kennedy Space Center for days and on Thursday boarded the spacecraft for a series of tests before launch.
This is the first of at least six missions that SpaceX will carry out to the ISS under a $ 2.6 billion contract signed with NASA in 2014, which includes manned and other cargo flights.
NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who form Crew 1, walk into the Kennedy Space Center before the launch of the first mission NASA / SpaceX crew commercial at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
The NASA Administrator, Jim BridenstineHe said yesterday that the ultimate goal of missions like Crew-1 is “to have more resources to do things for which there is not yet a commercial market, like going to the Moon and Mars under the Artemis program.”
“When we have more astronauts, a complete replacement on the International Space Station, the amount of research that is going to be produced is going to be transformative,” he added.
The Crew-1 mission was preceded by the historic Demo-2 test trip, which began on May 30.
On that mission, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley traveled to the ISS and after two months returned to earth in the same capsule, which fell into the Gulf of Mexico in a controlled and smooth manner on August 2.
The six-month Crew-1 mission was originally scheduled to start on October 23, but was postponed to October 31 and then undated until NASA announced in late September that it would be November 14. On Friday, he announced that it was being postponed to the 15th.
The penultimate postponement was due to a problem with the Falcon 9 rocket’s motors being discovered during a flight not related to NASA’s program.
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