NASA and SpaceX to Start Rotations of More Astronauts to ISS

NASA SpaceX Astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi - SpaceX photo

NASA and SpaceX are planning to send the first operational flight with astronauts of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station no later than the Oct. 23, it was announced.

It will be the agency’s first regular rotational mission of the Commercial Crew Program to the space station following completion of NASA certification.

Crew Dragon commander is Michael Hopkins, pilot is Victor Glover, and mission specialist is Shannon Walker, all of NASA, with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist Soichi Noguchi.

The astronauts will remain on the ISS six months working on scientific projects, following a launch from KSC’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

The Crew-1 mission is pending completion of data reviews and certification following NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight, when astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley flew to the International Space Station on May 30 and returned with a splashdown off the Western coast of Florida on Aug. 2.