Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was hoisted atop the historic Florida launch pad on Friday because the rocket’s 4 “Crew-2” astronauts arrived on the Kennedy House Heart to start remaining launch preparations. The three man, one-woman crew briefly fired up 9 of the rocket’s engines within the early hours of Saturday morning in a ‘static hearth’ take a look at meant to validate pre-launch procedures.
All 4 members of the “Crew-2” are house veterans – Commander Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide – and are anticipated to have a simulated launch on Sunday morning.
“Within the subsequent few days, we have now a bit bit of coaching to do,” mentioned Commander Kimbrough.
“We’re clearly nicely skilled and able to go, however we’ll refresh just a few issues.
“After which our households and company will begin displaying up. In order that’s an thrilling time.
“We’ll get to spend no less than components of the previous couple of days with them earlier than we go.”
If all pre-flight checks are accredited then the crew will strap in and blast off at 6.11am on April 22 earlier than docking with the Worldwide House Station after a 29 hour flight.
The launch will probably be NASA’s first house launch utilizing a beforehand flown SpaceX first stage crew capsule.
“We’re trying ahead to using on the Crew Dragon, it is a model new spacecraft and it appears to be like fabulous,” mentioned Mr Hoshide.
The Crew-2 will change the Crew-1 astronauts who’ve been within the house station since final November and are anticipated to return to Earth on April 28.
The brand new house station residents may have an roughly 6 month keep and can depart no sooner than October 31 based on the SpaceX web site.