The launch of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission has been delayed for a month due to a problem with the Falcon 9 rocket booster that occurred while transporting the vehicle from California to Texas.
The fifth trip to the International Space Station (ISS) of NASA’s commercial crew program, which would take place in early September, will not leave the ground until the 29th of the same month. Thus, the crew of the Soyuz MS-22 mission, whose launch is scheduled for September 21, will arrive at the ISS before Crew-5.
According to an agency statement, the new schedule will allow SpaceX to remove and replace the rocket’s Intersection and some on-board instruments that were damaged in transit from the factory in California (the company’s headquarters) to the Texas (where NASA tests).
It was unclear when or how the damage occurred in transit that damaged the part. However, after the replacement of the equipment, the booster will perform further tests to receive flight certification.
Crew-5 will make a historic journey as it will be the first commercial mission in which the Endurance capsule’s four forward bulkhead thrusters will be reused. They allow you to reorient the capsule and make altitude adjustments while the spacecraft is in low Earth orbit.
Falcon 9 is the first and only commercial rocket certified to take NASA astronauts to the ISS.
Crew-5 cosmonaut Anna Kikina will make history by becoming the first Russian astronaut aboard a SpaceX vehicle.
Once repairs are complete, the rocket will be flown to Launch Complex 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will be attached to the Falcon 9 rocket and then subjected to the tests inherent to the mission, before the planned launch.
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