NASA, SpaceX target NET April 20 for Crew-2 Launch on 2nd Crew Rotation Mission to ISS

NASA, SpaceX target NET April 20 for Crew-2 Launch on 2nd Crew Rotation Mission to ISS
Members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station participated in training in Hawthorne, California on Jan. 11, 20201. Pictured from left are ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Photo Credit: SpaceX

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL –  NASA and SpaceX announced they are targeting no earlier than (NET) April 20 for liftoff of the Crew-2 mission on the second commercial crew rotation mission from the United States to the International Space Station (ISS).

The 4 person Crew-2 mission will launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the ISS.

The  multinational crew includes two NASA astronauts as well as two from international partners  as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

The all veteran crew comprises NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur serving  as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively in addition to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet as mission specialists.

 

The Crew -2 astronauts are scheduled for a roughly 6 month ”long-duration stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, living and working as part of what is expected to be a seven-member crew,” says NASA.

The members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Pictured from left are NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Credits: NASA

Until recently Crew-2 was expected to launch in late March.

But NASA has now decided to target the launch of the second uncrewed Boeing Starliner Orbital Test Flight-2 mission to NET March 25 and thus delay Crew-2 into late April.

Crew-2 will remain aboard until fall 2021 and overlap with SpaceX Crew-3 launching in Fall 2021.  Read our Crew-3 story.

Crew-2 will arrive at the ISS for an overlap of at least a few days with the four person SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts currently aboard as part of Expedition 64.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft blasts off on NASA’s Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi onboard, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at 7:27 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Crew-1 comprises NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

They are currently scheduled for return to Earth late April or early May.

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Up Close view of SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience integrated atop Falcon 9 rocket and raised vertical atop Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Nov. 13, 2020 for launch targeted for Nov. 15 on NASA Crew-1 mission to the ISS with 4 astronauts. NASA worm and meatball logos in view. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

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Ken Kremer

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Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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