SpaceX plans to perform the Crew-2 mission for the second time, launching four astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA to the International Space Station (ISS) at 5:49 this morning. This flight will be the first flight using the reused Falcon 9 rocket booster and the Dragon capsule previously flown.
The flight can also be NASA and SpaceX’s first to launch with two international partners, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and European Space Agency (ESA).
The four crew members are NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet. They’ll spend six months aboard the ISS, replacing the four Crew-1 members returning to Earth.
The trip will be powered by the Falcon 9 two-stage rocket with an equivalent first-stage booster that powered the primary operational Crew-1 mission. After stage separation, it’ll plan to land again on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship.
The Dragon capsule, meanwhile, is that the same one that flew pioneering astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS for SpaceX’s first-ever manned mission. It’s set to dock with the ISS on April 24th around 5:10 AM.
When the Crew-2 Dragon shows up at the ISS, it will join the Crew-1 Dragon container that is as yet docked there. The last was moved to the forward part on the station’s Harmony module on April fifth in anticipation of the Crew-2 appearance and will ship the Crew-1 back to Earth as right on time as of April 28th.
Following Crew-2, SpaceX is planned to dispatch Inspiration 4, its first all-regular citizen mission, to a 450 km (280 miles) circle for three days. That mission is made arrangements for September 18th, 2021.