The objective of the mission of Space X and NASA is to have more resources for a commercial market that does not yet exist, such as going to the Moon and Mars under the Artemis program
NASA and the SpaceX company have launched this Sunday from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) the Crew-1 mission with four astronauts bound for the International Space Station (ISS), after a takeoff that took place at 19.27 hours (00.27 GMT Monday, 1.27 in Spain).
“The main meteorological concerns for the launch have been cumulus and associated precipitation , along with electric fields from the heaviest rains,” NASA noted, as the weather outlook for the Falcon 9 reusable rocket launch with the Dragon capsule were 50% in favor.
The astronauts of what is the first operational manned mission of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS), the Americans Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, and the Japanese Soichi Noguchi, have headed towards the launch pad 39A from Kennedy Space Center around 4 p.m. local time.
Crew-1 was scheduled to take off on Saturday night, but NASA and SpaceX decided to postpone the launch due to bad weather after the tropical phenomenon Eta this week, which after hitting Central America crossed North Florida before continuing on. the Atlantic.
According to the mission managers, the weather conditions did not offer guarantees that the maritime platform that should receive the Falcon 9 rocket will reach its position in the Atlantic Ocean.
Part of the rocket is scheduled to be used again in the next manned mission to NASA's space station and SpaceX in March .
Once separated from the rocket, the Dragon capsule, christened Resilience for this mission, will arrive at the ISS at around 11:00 p.m. on Monday (4:00 GMT Tuesday), where the astronauts will be received by Kate Rubins , from NASA, and the Russians. Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov .
This is the first of at least six missions that SpaceX will carry out to the ISS under a $ 2.6 billion contract signed with NASA in 2014, which includes manned and other cargo flights.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday that the ultimate goal of missions like Crew-1 is “to have more resources to do things that there is not yet a commercial market for, like going to the Moon and Mars under the sun. Artemis program “.