SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, seen connected the motorboat pad astatine NASAs Kennedy Space Center successful Fla., connected April 22, 2021. (Gianrigo Marletta/AFP via Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, Calif.—Hawthorne-based SpaceX volition effort Oct. 30 to motorboat its 3rd radical of astronauts to the International Space Station arsenic portion of its declaration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to shuttle unit to the orbiting outpost.
The four-member unit is scheduled to motorboat atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral successful Florida astatine 11:21 p.m. Saturday California time.
If the motorboat is postponed for immoderate reason, a backup motorboat model opens astatine 10:10 p.m. California clip Nov. 3.
Flying aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance volition beryllium NASA astronauts Raja Chari, ngo commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, ngo specialist. Also aboard volition beryllium European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, besides a ngo specialist.
The astronauts—dubbed Crew-3, arsenic portion of SpaceX’s 3rd authoritative manned formation to the abstraction station—are expected to get astatine the presumption aboriginal Monday morning.
They volition beryllium greeted upon accomplishment by the four-member unit of the past manned SpaceX flight, Crew-2, who person been aboard the presumption since April.
That crew—NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet—are expected to instrumentality to Earth successful aboriginal November aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour.
McArthur, who grew up successful Northern California, is simply a University of California–Los Angeles postgraduate successful aerospace engineering, and she earned a doctorate successful oceanography astatine University of California–San Diego, wherever she was a researcher astatine the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
SpaceX past November sent its archetypal authoritative unit to the abstraction presumption successful a abstracted Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Resilience.
SpaceX’s archetypal manned ngo to the abstraction presumption really occurred past summertime with the motorboat of 2 astronauts from Cape Canaveral successful the Endeavour capsule, marking the archetypal manned ngo to motorboat from U.S. ungraded since the Space Shuttle programme was retired. But that travel was technically dubbed a objection formation to trial the capabilities of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
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