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Mission Announcement | 3rd SpaceX Crewed To Launch in Autumn 2021

Mission Announcement  3rd SpaceX Crewed to Launch in Autumn 2021 Mission Announcement 3rd SpaceX Crewed to Launch in Autumn 2021

Nasa in collaboration with SpaceX has recently announced a mission to send four astronauts to the “International Space Station” during the autumn season. As per the date, it was decided to launch “SpaceX Crew-3” on October 23, 2021 however, after the delay occurring due to the heavy traffic at the international space station, the launch got delayed a week. As per the current news, it was decided to launch SpaceX Crew-3 no earlier than October 31. 2021 respectively. As per the reports, the SpaceX Crew-3 will be the third crewed flight in the operation of a “Crew Dragon” spacecraft.

The Crew-3 astronauts are said to reach the space station alongside the Crew-2 astronauts and other crew members for a brief handover period at Expedition 66. The astronauts in Crew-2 are Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur from NASA, Aki Hoshide from JAXA, aCommentsnd Thomas Pesquet from ESA. The Crew-2 astronauts are targeting early to return to earth on mid of November inside “Crew Dragon Endeavour” which is off Florida’s coast respectively.

In the Crew-3 spacecraft, the astronauts, “Raja Chari, Kayla Barron, Tom Marshburn, and Matthias Maurer” are decided to launch to the orbiting lab in the capsule called Crew Dragon. The astronauts named “Raja Chari, Kayla Barron, TomMarshburn” are from NASA, and the astronaut “Matthias Maurer” is from the European Space Agency (ESA). All four of these astronauts will leave earth through a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket respectively. The rocket will launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center which is in Florida. It’s a science mission and is expected to be of six months.

This mission is said to be the fourth ever mission having humans on board for the capsule of SpaceX. As per the reports, only two capsules are used so far for flight missions (Endeavour and Resilience). SpaceX is known as among the only two companies so far to work with NASA’s “Commercial Crew Program” to ferry astronauts at the international space station. The vehicle “Boeing's CST-100 Starliner” will also begin such flights once it passes through all the tests, flights, and checks. The vehicle is expected to begin launch within this year.

NASA this week introduced its miles searching for proposals for the following non-public astronaut missions to the ISS, focused on a release as early as fall 2022 accompanied through one as early as mid-2023. NASA seems to host up to 2 short-period area travel missions to space every year. Mr. Phil McAlister, a NASA’s director in charge of the commercial spaceflight development mentioned that “As more people fly to space and do more things during their spaceflights, it attracts even more people to do more activities in low-Earth orbit, and reflects the growing market we envisioned when we began the Commercial Crew Program 10 years ago.” 

As per the information regarding NASA’s commercial crew program, it’s working with the industry to offer safe, cost-effective, user-friendly, and reliable transportation from and to the international space station. This program will allow to boost opportunities and enhance the research period regarding discoveries to explore humanity’s testbed aboard. The space station is also a conveyer to space exploration, making discoveries, doing further research, and eventually planning further trips to the moon and mars in the future.

NASA's space travel fleet retired in 2011 after 30 years of service. For almost 9 years afterward, the company relied completely on Soyuz spacecraft for group transportation. In the meantime, the company worked on building a commercial crew program, awarding more than 6 billion dollars in 2014 to SpaceX and Boeing for launching astronauts in the future. SpaceX however, carried its first astronauts to the ISS in 2020, on a /test/check flight referred to as Demo-2. The certification of the crew members of the Boeing CST100 Starliner capsule has been repeatedly postponed because the failed test flight did not arrive at the station back in December 2019.

Starliner is predicted to make another attempt of flight for certification at some point in August 2021. NASA has been acquiring extra Soyuz seats now and again to fill the gap. This fall, for example, the company secured an astronaut seat on an approaching Soyuz release for 90 million dollars. NASA hasn't announced which astronaut yet will take that seat along with Russian cosmonauts.

References:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/01/tech/spacex-civilian-space-launch-st-judes/index.html

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/spacex-announces-its-first-all-civilian-mission-to-space/article33724567.ece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iHhFjYXE2g

https://www.spacex.com/launches/

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/01/spacex-to-fly-first-mission-to-space-with-an-all-civilian-crew-later-this-year.html

 

 

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