The Crew-2 mission is scheduled to launch next Thursday (April 22), and this will happen as well Earth day. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket The Crew Dragon spacecraft will be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the historic Bat 39A. This will be the second flight of this particular Crew Dragon; The same capsule, ”TryNASA took astronauts Bob Behanken and Doug Hurley to the space station on a test flight 2 last year.Inside the Dragon Crew will be four Expedition 65 crew, who will spend about six months in space: NASA astronauts Shin Kimbero, Megan MacArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshit and the European Space Agency (ESA).
“The aircraft readiness study was very successful,” said Cathy Lutheres, NASA’s head of human spaceflight, at a press conference on Thursday. We only had one exception. ” It must be destroyed in the next few days because it must be resolved before a permanent fire breaks out [test]He added, “It is currently scheduled to be Saturday (April 17th)” (continuous shooting, in which the missile engines are ignited, and the vehicle is docked to the ground, which is a pre-flight test).
Bill Kerstenmeier SpaceX vice president (and former NASA manned space flight captain) at the same press conference, the two teams discovered that there was a “potential upload error” where we could actually load a little extra oxygen. [Falcon 9] Tanks. “SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets use liquid oxygen and kerosene used in rockets for propulsion.
Gerstenmeier said other Falcon 9 missions with the same configuration were successfully flying, but that SpaceX recently discovered this problem while testing a ground-to-surface missile in Texas. The company found levels of liquid oxygen slightly higher than expected, but it has not yet determined the cause of the discrepancy.
He said, “We reviewed it today with the NASA team, but we did not have time to go through all the data and see all the implications for its meaning.” We will “take further action” to review the issue and determine whether it poses a threat to astronauts (or other future Falcon 9 launches).
If the liquid oxygen problem is resolved as expected and everything else goes according to plan, Crew-2 will launch EDT (1011 GMT) on April 22 at 6:11 AM and then dock with the International Space Station after 23 hours on April 23 at 5:30. PM EST (0930 GMT) Final release readiness review is scheduled for April 20.
A backup release window will be available on April 23. Then, Crew-2 could be launched on April 26 or April 27, NASA Business Group Project Manager Steve Stitch told a press conference.
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