NASA has discovered that SpaceX can use the next Falcon 9 launch vehicle and the first Crew Dragon spacecraft, which plans to launch astronauts as soon as the third SpaceX astronaut, scheduled for early 2021, is launched.
First, SpaceX should successfully return two NASA astronauts to Earth in just a few days and launch four more astronauts – three NASA and one Japanese (JAXA) – to the International Space Station (ISS) in just 8 weeks. Astronauts Bob Banken are currently occupying the ISS as part of the inaugural launch of the Crew Dragon crew, which has so far been an almost flawless success. These astronauts plan to board an orbital spacecraft and take off on the ISS on August 1and transfer the Earth’s atmosphere in about a day on August 2.
This will be Kriun Dragon’s second orbital set, as well as his first with astronauts on board. If Crew Dragon completes the project and the C206 capsule is removed without a hitch, SpaceX and NASA will brief all teams involved, inspect spacecraft and astronauts’ space suits, and hopefully certify the spacecraft for operational crew launches.
Mentioned above, the first of these operational astronaut launches will be known as Crew-1 or Post-Certification Mission 1 (PCM-1), and is currently expected to launch no earlier than (NET) in late September. The launch date of Crew-1 depends almost entirely on the successful completion of Demo-2 and the subsequent certification of NASA Crew Dragon. SpaceX supplies all of the rocket and spacecraft equipment needed for Crew-1 from its Hawthorne, California plant, to launch and process facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
The new Falcon 9 B1061 amplifier completed a set of tests at SpaceX McGregor, Texas, from April to June 2020, and was eventually delivered from Texas to Florida on July 11, arriving on July 14. The new Falcon 9 top stage is likely to be close to a booster, and SpaceX will be able to begin integrated processing, culminating in a pre-wet dress rehearsal (WDR) and static fire a few weeks before launch.
The consumable trunk and new Crew Dragon capsule designed for Crew-1 – believed to be the C207 capsule – could arrive at the Cape Canaveral Air Force (CCAFS) processing stations SpaceX any day. Before traveling to Florida, the spacecraft must pass numerous acceptance tests, including simulation of the launch of the equipment in a cycle, static fire of all four modules of SuperDraco abortion propulsion and dragons maneuvering Draco, with WDR and others. Upon arrival, SpaceX will inspect each part of the spacecraft, complete any necessary equipment, load the capsule with monomethylhydrazine (MMH) fuel and dinitrogen tetroxide oxidizer (NTO) oxidizer, and install its main section.
If the C206 Demo-2 Crew Dragon capsule can safely return astronauts Beneken and Harley to Earth and return it to the dry part, it could be the first American space capsule to launch astronauts into orbit. twice. The same goes for the Crew-1 Falcon 9 Booster B1061: if it successfully launches and lands as part of the SpaceX astronaut’s operational debut, it will be refurbished to become the world’s first rocket booster to support two astronaut launches when it flies again. on crew-2.
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