SpaceX’s Crew Dragon transport capsule’s DEMO-2 mission was just that: a test flight. On May 30th, astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken made it possible to validate the combination of Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon as the next official “taxi” for the ISS. NASA has just announced that Crew Dragon’s first real operational transport mission – Crew-1 – will launch on November 14, 2020. At this precise point in time, NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins as well as JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi will board the Dragon crew to join the International Space Station.
As soon as they are docked at the ISS, the 4 astronauts will join the current ISS crew, namely the Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and the American Kate Rubins. The entire crew then consists of 7 astronauts. Crew-1 really marks the end of reliance on Soyuz rockets, which until now were the only rockets used to transport astronauts to the ISS.
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