< SpaceX and NASA are ready to send their next group of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and October 23rd has actually been set as the earliest launch date. The objective, called Crew-1, was originally prepared for late September. " Crew-1 will launch in late October to accommodate spacecraft traffic for the upcoming Soyuz crew rotation and best satisfy the requirements of the International Space Station," NASAs current statement explained. The astronaut group will consist of leader Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, and objective specialist Shannon Walker, all from NASA, along with objective professional Soichi Noguchi from Japans s space program JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The mission will launch from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Assistance teams get here at the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft quickly after it landed with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASAs Commercial Crew Program was the first to provide astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and run spacecraft. The purpose of Demo-2s mission was to ensure all of SpaceXs systems were prepared for routine journeys to the area station, and its achievement has actually returned human spaceflight capabilities to US soil. Formerly, American astronauts were buying seats on Russian rockets to reach orbit to the tune of about $90 million dollars each. NASA wants to establish a barter system for flights in the future-- trading seats rather of payments. Crew-1 will be the very first of six operational crewed missions planned in between NASA and SpaceX as part of a $2.6 billion dollar contract checked in 2014. A 3rd crewed objective, Crew-2, is currently scheduled for Spring 2021. NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet were selected to be aboard and are currently training with SpaceX. SpaceX and NASA press next astronaut launch to late October


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