NASA delays launch of SpaceX Crew-1 mission

This will give more time to SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluate the off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt.

NASA delays launch of SpaceX Crew-1 mission
NASA delays launch of SpaceX Crew-1 mission

NASA delays launch of SpaceX Crew-1 mission

Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station has now been postponed to early-to-mid November. This will give more time to SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluate the off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt.

Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate mentioned in a blog post by NASA and said that they have a strong working relationship with their SpaceX partner. She added that the teams are actively and efficiently working this finding on the engines, and they expect to be a lot smarter within the coming week.

The Crew-1 mission is believed to be a major step for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Such operational, long-duration commercial crew rotation missions will allow NASA to continue the crucial research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station.

This kind of researches is highly beneficial for the people on Earth as well as lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency’s Artemis program. The program will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024.