The plan to send four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) of the US Space Agency (NASA) and Space X company had to be delayed due to weather reasons. This is the second time this mission has had to change its deployment time. NASA’s October 30 announcement said the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, nicknamed Endurance, had to be postponed to avoid a “major storm system”.
According to the original plan, the Falcon 9 rocket carrying Endurance would be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 23, then be delayed until October 31.
It is expected that the launch will be carried out at about 1:10 am on November 3 (local time) and the 4 astronauts in the Crew 3 group will arrive at the ISS at about 11 pm on the same day. In case the above time is not suitable, the launch will continue to be postponed to November 4.
For this mission, Crew 3 team consisting of NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer will work on the ISS for 6 months. They will bring about 350 scientific experiments to the station, including research in materials science, life sciences, technology demonstrations and studies that support the goal of returning humans to the Moon in the coming days. next year by NASA. The crew will also participate in spacewalks, maintenance, and other work on the station.
The Falcon 9 rocket on the Crew-3 mission has number B1067 and has flown once before. In June 2021, this rocket once carried another Dragon spacecraft on a cargo mission to the ISS