NASA, SpaceX to launch 2nd commercial crew into space

NASA, SpaceX to launch 2nd commercial crew into space

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX will launch Crew-2 to the International Space Station.

This launch will take place as a part of the Commercial Crew Program developed by the American space agency. On the Crew Dragon spacecraft, as many as four astronauts are scheduled to leave Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 20.

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The four-member crew including Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshiko, and Thomas Pesquet will spend around a month at ISS before coming back to Earth.

When will this mission be launched?

According to NASA, Crew Dragon will catch a speed of more than 28, 000kmph. It will be attacked with a Falcon 9 rocket. The crew and SpaceX mission control will begin monitoring, once the spacecraft reaches in the orbit. The spacecraft can autonomously and manually be docked to the ISS.

What is the objective of the mission?

The crew members will conduct tests on the Butterfly IQ Ultrasound during their stay at the International Space Station. It is “a portable ultrasound device used in conjunction with a mobile computing device in the space environment.” NASA said in a release.

Besides conducting tissue engineering investigations, the crew-members will also conduct a study in the growth of cotton in microgravity to figure out the need for water and pesticide for production.

Apart from the above-mentioned tasks, the four crew members will also check Northrop Grumman Cygnus and the SpaceX cargo Dragon. A solar array will also be installed by the crew members during a series of spacewalks at the space station. It will increase the total available power of the space station, from 160 kilowatts to 215 kilowatts.

When will the crew members come back to Earth?

The crew members are expected to come back to Earth anytime between September end and December this year.

A SpaceX recovery vessel will bring the crew members back to the land to return to Houston after the crew-2 comes down possibly near the Florida coast.

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