Context: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is going to lift off a crew of four people to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
More on the news:
- NASA certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket, making it the first spacecraft certification provided by the space agency.
- This means SpaceX can now operate regular flights to the space station.
- Boeing and SpaceX were selected by NASA in 2014 to develop transportation systems meant to transfer crew from the US to the ISS.
- These integrated spacecraft, rockets and associated systems will carry up to four astronauts on NASA missions.
- Thi will help in maintaining a space station crew of seven to maximize time dedicated to scientific research in the orbiting laboratory.
About the Crew-1 mission:
- Part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program: Its objective is to make access to space easier in terms of its cost, so that cargo and crew can be easily transported to and from the ISS, enabling greater scientific research.
- To be launched by: Crew-1 will be the first operational flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS.
- Objective: Crew-1 team will join members of Expedition 64 and conduct microgravity studies and deliver new science hardware and experiments that they will carry with them to space aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The Expedition 64 crew is focused on spacewalk preparations while also working on International Space Station life support systems.