NASA has revealed that SpaceX could reuse another Falcon 9 booster and the first Crew Dragon spacecraft to be launched as astronauts as soon as the third SpaceX astronaut is launched, scheduled for 2021. In the beginning.
First, however, SpaceX must successfully return two NASA astronauts to Earth in just a few days from now and launch four more astronauts – three from NASA and one from Japan (JAXA) – to the International Space Station (ISS) in just ~ 8 weeks. Astronauts Bob Behnken currently occupies the ISS as the crew of the crew dragon crew, which has been almost flawless so far. These astronauts are scheduled to board an orbiting spacecraft and depart from the ISS on August 1, and approximately the day after August 2.
It will be the second return of Crew Dragon orbit, but also the first with astronauts. If the Crew Dragon turns out as planned and the C206 capsule is restored without permission, SpaceX and NASA will discuss all participating teams, inspect the spacecraft and astronaut space nodes, and hopefully certify the spacecraft for operational crew teams.
As mentioned above, the first of these astronaut launches will be known as Crew-1 or Mission After Certification (PCM-1) and is currently expected to launch no earlier than (NET) by the end of September. The release date of Crew-1 depends almost entirely on whether you successfully complete Demo-2 and then obtain a Crew Dragon certification from NASA. SpaceX is currently delivering all the rocket and spacecraft hardware required by Crew-1 from its Hawthorne, California plant, to launch and recycling facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
The new Falcon 9 amplifier B1061 has completed a set of acceptance tests for SpaceX McGregor, Texas development units, since 2020. April to June, and finally July 11th. Were dispatched from Texas to Florida arriving on July 14th. The new Falcon 9 top stage is likely to be next to the amplifier, and the SpaceX will be able to begin integrated processing, ending premature flight wet dress rehearsal (WDR) and static fire a few weeks before launch.
The used trunk and the new Crew Dragon capsule, designated Crew-1, which is believed to be a C207 capsule, could enter SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) processing facilities any day. Before heading to Florida, the spacecraft has to undergo a number of acceptance tests, including simulations of the launch of the hardware, static fire in all four SuperDraco abortion alarm modules, and Draco maneuvering panels derived from WDR, and more. Upon arrival, SpaceX will inspect each part of the spacecraft, perform the necessary final installation, fill the capsule with monomethylhydrazine (MMH) and dinitrogen azototoxide (NTO) oxidizer, and place it in the trunk.
If the Demo-2 Crew Dragon Capsule C206 manages to safely bring astronauts Behnken and Hurley back to Earth and bring it back to dry ground in one piece, it could become the first American space capsule in history to launch astronauts into orbit. twice. The same goes for the Crew-1 Falcon 9 booster B1061: if it successfully launches and lands as the SpaceX operational spacecraft launch debut, it will be upgraded to become the world’s first liquid rocket booster to support two astronaut launches when it flies again. on the crew-2.
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