NASA Crew Dragon mission to ISS delayed to investigate SpaceX Falcon 9 engine issue

NASA’s Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins will be part of JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi on the primary operational Crew-1 flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon.


A Halloween launch for SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission to the Worldwide Area Station will not be occurring. It has been more tricks than treats for space launches these days.

SpaceX’s first common operational mission (that means not a check mission) to ferry astronauts to the ISS has been pushed again to no earlier than early to mid November, NASA announced Saturday

“The additional time will permit SpaceX to resolve an surprising commentary throughout a current non-NASA launch try,” tweeted Kathy Lueders, NASA’s human spaceflight program lead.

The delay is expounded to “off-nominal habits of Falcon 9 first-stage engine gasoline turbines,” in accordance with NASA. The company did not specify which Falcon 9 launch try. Most lately, on Oct. 6, SpaceX sent more Starlink broadband satellites into orbit nevertheless it additionally aborted an attempt to launch a Space Force GPS satellite on Oct. 2.

There have been plenty of recent scrubs for SpaceX and other launch providers the place rockets did not take off for causes starting from climate to technical points. 

NASA’s Industrial Crew Program, which incorporates SpaceX and Boeing, is aimed toward ending the company’s reliance on Russian spacecraft to hold astronauts to the ISS. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker are nonetheless able to take flight together with Soichi Noguchi of Japanese house company JAXA for Crew-1.

SpaceX has extra than simply the astronaut mission on its plate. It is also in command of a NASA ocean-monitoring satellite launch set for Nov. 10 and an upcoming cargo mission to the ISS. All of those depend on the workhorse Falcon 9 rocket system.  

“With the excessive cadence of missions SpaceX performs, it actually offers us unbelievable perception into this industrial system and helps us make knowledgeable selections concerning the standing of our missions,” Lueders said in the NASA statement. “The groups are actively working this discovering on the engines, and we needs to be rather a lot smarter throughout the coming week.”  

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Amanda Kooser