SpaceX NASA Mission: NASA and SpaceX have scheduled to launch the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station on Nov 14.
The launch was previously scheduled for Oct 31 but an issue with Falcon 9 rocket engines delayed the process. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, to the International Space Station (ISS).
Upon arrival, the astronauts will join the Expedition 64 crew of Commander Sergey Ryzhikov, and Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. Below given is the information about the crew.
Michael Hopkins, a NASA astronaut, will serve as the Crew Dragon commander for the Crew-1 mission. NASA said that he was previously a member of the Expedition 37/38 crew and has logged 166 days in space. During his time at the ISS, he completed two spacewalks totaling 12 hours and 58 minutes.
He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.
Victor Glover, another NASA astronaut, will serve as the pilot for the mission. Glover does reportedly have over 3,000 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft, over 400 carriers arrested landings, and 24 combat missions, though. He is a Naval Aviator and was a test pilot in the F/A‐18 Hornet, Super Hornet, and EA‐18G Growler.
His educational qualification is as follows: Bachelor of Science in General Engineering, Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering, Master of Science in Systems Engineering, and Master of Military Operational Art and Science.
Shannon Walker, a NASA astronaut, will be the mission specialist for the Crew-1 mission. In 2010, she served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the ISS that lasted 163 days.
Before that, she also served as crew support for the Expedition 14 crew and as a Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center in Houston, becoming the primary communication link between the crew at the ISS and the ground support team.
Walker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, a Master of Science, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Space Physics.
Soichi Noguchi, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut, will serve as a mission specialist. He has completed several missions aboard the ISS in a variety of roles, logging a total of 177 days, 3 hours, and 5 minutes in space.
Noguchi was the Chief of JAXA Astronaut Group from August 2012 to April 2016. He also was elected president of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), where he served until September 2016.
His educational qualification is as follows: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies. Watch this space for the latest tech news.