The end of the demonstration space mission SpaceX DM-2, in which the ISS aboard the us space Shuttle for the first time since 2011, went two American astronauts, is scheduled for early August. However, a private company Elon musk, as well as government space Agency NASA has begun preparing for the first official commercial mission space vehicle Dragon 2.
Today, the team of SpaceX DM-2, helping the commander of expedition ISS-63, NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy (Christopher Cassidy) came into the open space and replaced the solar panels of the International space station. At the same time SpaceX and NASA have announced the beginning of preparations for the next mission, Crew-1, which will be held in the framework of the first official commercial manned space launch.
As in the case with the mission of DM-2, mission launch Crew-1 will be implemented with the help of rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX. He is scheduled for autumn this year. The exact launch date will be announced later. Today NASA has confirmed that on Tuesday, July 14, the carrier rocket was delivered to Florida. And after a while to join her and the Dragon 2. At the moment it is being tested at the enterprise Agency in Hawthorne, California.
According to NASA, held a press conference today, the launch of the new mission will be held within six weeks after the same Dragon mission 2 DM-2 safely back on Earth. At the time of the announcement of the new Dragon 2 for the mission Crew-1 tested the propulsion system, and system check valves. After completing these tests, the device are going to test in the acoustic chamber. Once testing is complete, the unit will move to Florida where I will install the booster Falcon 9. Training media will be held at the site SpaceX to U.S. air force base at Cape Canaveral.
Unlike Dragon 2 mission, DM-2, is able to dock only with the ISS module “Harmony”, a new ship for the mission Crew-1 will be able to dock to other modules of the space station. On the ISS, in the framework of the new mission will go not only American astronauts. The crew includes NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (Shannon Walker), Victor Glover (Victor Glover), Michael Hopkins (Michael Hopkins), and Soichi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) – astronaut of the Japanese space Agency JAXA.
The launch of the carrier rocket with the spacecraft Dragon Crew 2 mission-1 will be the 39th launch complex of the Space center named after John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Florida.