NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration has put a stop to the Space-X Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This halt is eligible until early-to-mid November. This is done in order to provide additional time so that SpaceX is able to complete the hardware details. Also, data reviews can be done by SpaceX in the meanwhile. Kathy Lueders, who is the associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate says,
“With the high cadence of missions SpaceX performs, it really gives us incredible insight into this commercial system and helps us make informed decisions about the status of our missions. The teams are actively working this finding on the engines, and we should be a lot smarter within the coming week.”
More About The Hault On The Manned SpaceX Mission :
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will be launching NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker. Along with these astronauts, Soichi Noguchi who is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist will go too. They will be launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The launch was originally set for 31st October and the duration was of about 6 months. Then, SpaceX saw the off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators. Hence, the Elon Musk run company decided to pull off the strings on the mission for a while. Now the mission will continue in the month of November.
The NASA SpaceX mission will carry the above mentioned 4 astronauts in the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft to NASA’s ISS. This will be a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Programme. During their presence in the orbiting lab, the astronauts of the Crew-1 will get to see many unpiloted aircrafts. These include the Northrop Grumman Cygnus and the Boeing CST-100 Starliner. They both are on conducting an uncrewed flight test to the station.
Also, the crew members will be conducting spacewalks. They will welcome crews of the Russian Soyuz vehicle and the next SpaceX Crew Dragon in 2021. The mission is set to conclude when the Crew Dragon will autonomously undock. The four astronauts will remain on board while the Crew Dragon departs from the space station and re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
This is indeed a very great mission that NASA and SpaceX are about to implement. This mission involves the biggest nations in the world. This fact, in turn, increases the importance and gravity of the mission. Hence, it was the right decision of NASA and SpaceX to put a stop to the mission until the company is sure of success.