NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission
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Tonight, on Sunday, November 15, 2020, NASA and SpaceX launched four astronauts on the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon from Cape Canaveral, FL to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX and NASA are targeting Sunday, November 15 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s first operational crew mission (Crew-1) to the International Space Station (ISS) from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window opens at 7:27 p.m. EST on November 15, 00:27 UTC on November 16. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The launch webcast will go live about 4 hours before liftoff, in the video “Crew-1 Mission, Coast Phase“, below:
A SpaceX rocket carrying three U.S. astronauts and a Japanese astronaut launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday bound for the International Space Station (ISS), in the video “LIFTOFF! Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission to the International Space Station“, below:
SpaceX launched four astronauts on their way to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for Nasa by a private company. The Falcon rocket thundered into the night from Kennedy Space Centre with three Americans and one Japanese, and is the second crew to be launched by SpaceX, in the video “SpaceX sends four astronauts on their way to the ISS“, below:
In the first fully operational mission for a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, four astronauts took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on a flight bound for the International Space Station. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and aviation analyst Miles O’Brien discuss, in the video “‘Eight and a half minutes of terror’: Analyst describes moments after liftoff“, below:
in the video “NASA AND SPACEX LAUNCH CREW DRAGON (LIVE), USA TODAY“, below:
The Commercial Crew SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-1 launch marks the beginning of regular flights of astronauts from America to the International Space Station, a program that provides safe and reliable trips to the ISS, allowing for additional research and discovery. Vice President and Second Lady are expected to attend the viewing of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Launch. The Crew-1 flight will carry Crew Dragon Commander Michael Hopkins, Pilot Victor Glover, and Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, all of NASA, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi, to the ISS for a six-month science mission, in the video “Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission to the International Space Station, FULL“, below:
Watch live coverage of the SpaceX Crew-1 launch as four astronauts head to the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the video “Live: Launch of NASA’s SpaceX To International Space Station“, below:
A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will lift off from LC-39A, at the Kennedy Space Center, carrying three NASA astronauts and one JAXA astronaut to the ISS. This mission, Crew-1 (USCV-1), will mark SpaceX’s first operational crewed launch as part of the Commercial Crew Program. Crew-1, or USCV-1, will mark the first regular crew rotation mission that is launched on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will carry four astronauts to the International Space Station for their six months stay. This launch will bump up the number of crew on the ISS to seven. They will join NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov on November 15, just 8.5 hours after launch, in the video “Watch SpaceX Launch NASA and JAXA Astronauts to the ISS!“, below:
In the video “Crew-1 Mission“, below:
To find out more about SpaceX Crew-1, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
SpaceX Crew-1 (also known as USCV-1 or simply Crew-1) is the first crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft. It is also the first night launch since STS-130. The Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience, launched on 16 November 2020 at 00:27:17 UTC, (7:27:17 p.m. EST on the 15th)[a] on a Falcon 9 from the Kennedy Space Center, LC-39A, it is carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker along with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, all members of the Expedition 64 crew. The mission is the second overall crewed orbital flight of the Crew Dragon.
Crew-1 is the first operational mission to the International Space Station in the Commercial Crew Program. Originally designated “USCV-1” by NASA in 2012, the launch date was delayed several times from the original date of November 2016. The mission is expected to last 180 days, meaning the flight will return to Earth sometime around June 2021. Resilience is expected to return to Earth via splashdown for reuse for another future mission.
The crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center via a NASA Gulfstream jet on 8 November 2020 at 13:53 UTC. A Flight Readiness Review (FRR) convened by NASA officials was scheduled on 10 November 2020 to discuss unresolved technical issues, review the status of launch preparations, and give approval for teams to proceed with the Crew-1 mission. The Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A as of 9 November 2020. NASA officials gave approval on 12 November 2020 for SpaceX to begin regular crew rotation flights to the International Space Station (ISS), signaling a transition from development to operations for the human-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft. The launch vehicle was lifted to its vertical position at the pad for a test firing of its Merlin-1D main engines on 11 November 2020 at 20:49 UTC. A dry dress rehearsal (DDR) on 12 November 2020 saw the crew put on their pressure suits and climb into Resilience. SpaceX ran a launch readiness review (LRR) on 13 November 2020.  Crew-1 was launched on 16 november 2020 at 00:27:17 UTC.
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