NASA and SpaceX announced the pair’s fall mission to send four astronauts International space station starts no earlier than October 23.
The decision was made as the two organizations are preparing for the previous launch of the astronaut, which is called Crew-2, which is currently scheduled for April 22 and which will bring crew members from three different space agencies to the orbital laboratory: NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Peske and Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko. Hoshide.
October launch, dubbed Crew-3will also transport four astronauts to the orbiting laboratory for a six-month stay. NASA has already announced that American astronauts Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn and ESA astronaut Mathias Maurer will fly; The fourth member of the crew has not yet been named publicly.
Connected: Astronauts move SpaceX capsule to new docking port for the first time
Due to the October 23 launch window for Crew 3, Crew 2 will return to Earth no earlier than October 31, which will give the two cohorts approximately a week of overlap to safely transfer the space station to its next occupants.
Crew-3 will be SpaceX’s third full crewed mission for NASA; the company also launched two veteran cosmonauts on two month demonstration mission in May 2020…
SpaceX is one of two companies working with NASA’s commercial crew program to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing CST-100 Starliner The vehicle will also begin such flights after completion of test flights, possibly this year.
Email Meghan Bartels at mbartels@ or follow her on Twitter @meghanbartels. follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.