“The new target date will eliminate conflicts between the launch and arrival of the 1-crew from the upcoming Soyuz launch and landing operations. This additional time is necessary to ensure the closure of all open works, both ashore and aboard the station, before the arrival of the crew-1. The increased spacing will also provide a good window of opportunity to conduct further tests to isolate the station’s atmosphere loss if needed. SpaceX continues to make progress in preparing the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, and the modified date gives teams more time to complete the open work before launch.
The mission will take NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as JAXA̵
NASA says it is in the final stages of the data reviews required for the company to be certified after Demo-2. He will broadcast a series of media briefings to provide updates on the certification process and to talk about the Crew-1 mission starting September 29, at 11am.
NEWS: We’re now aiming for 2:40 am ET on Saturday, October 31 for the launch of @NASA is @SpaceX 1 crew mission to send astronauts to the @ Space Station. Here is the latest #LaunchAmerica update: https://t.co/UXtCHLq247 pic.twitter.com/szkUUQMVv1
– Kathy Lueders (@KathyLueders) 29 September 2020