The partnership between private space transportation SpaceX, and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now testing for another launch in 2021.
Scheduled tentatively on April 22, both space agencies are set to launch another round of four astronauts to get inside the International Space Station (ISS), with the help of the historical Falcon 9 rocket.
Here are the things you should know about the possible soon-to-be space launch.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launching again
Last year, a group of four astronauts had successfully flew and returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) using the Falcon 9 rocket.
This was the first time that a private space transportation company has teamed up with the national government into providing more insights in space, planets etc.
On April 22, though, the companies will start a new ground-breaking launch again. Just like the Crew-1 mission, the soon-to-be launch mission will be carrying four astronauts to ISS.
“This flight exemplifies the [international] partnership,” Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said today during the briefing about the inclusion of JAXA and ESA astronauts in Crew-2. It exemplifies, she continued, “how we are continuing to advance human spaceflight with what we do every day,” and how missions like this “lead us to not only doing great things on the space station, but doing even more in our space exploration programs going forward.”
The team or Crew-2 mission will continue the projects. The list of the names of astronauts included are NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, acting as spacecraft commander, and Megan McArthur, pilot, to the ISS.
Aside them, the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will also join the launch.
Falcon 9 rocket capacity
Aside the fact that the four astronauts will be making its trip to ISS next month, the rocket is also expected to contain 440 lbs. (200 kilograms) of pressurized cargo, and deliver it to the space station.
This equipment is a necessity for astronauts in ISS.
SpaceX, NASA ready for space launch on April 22
Though the first SpaceX and NASA partnership Crew-1 mission seemed to be a successful idea, a lot of things were still in consideration as early as now.
The government insists to make their best and follow the schedule, in order for the Crew-2 mission to be successful too.
“Last year, we celebrated 20 years of continuous human presence on board the International Space Station,” Montalbano said, adding that including the commercial space sector has allowed them to bring more people to the International Space Station. “It’s an exciting time,” he said.
“It’s a sacred honor to make sure that we’re going to carry this crew safely to the space station,” Reed said of the upcoming launch.
Will this be the next successful launch for NASA and SpaceX?
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