SpaceX preparing for all-civilian mission later this year

Inspiration4 Commander Jared Isaacman and Inspiration4 ‘Hope seat’ crewmember Hayley Arceneaux discuss the historic mission.

NASA is slated to conduct the launch of its SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station on Friday morning after inclement weather forced officials to delay the highly anticipated event by one day.

A team of four astronauts will lift off aboard the SpaceX capsule at 5:49 a.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew will remain on the International Space Station for a six-month mission.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the Commercial Crew Program, and the SpaceX team, and the NASA team and what they’ve been able to do to enable reliable, safe, effective transportation to and from station,” Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said at a press conference earlier this week.

The mission will mark SpaceX’s third crewed flight in partnership with NASA, following its previous launch Crew-1 and Demo-2 missions. The launch will also mark the first time that SpaceX reuses a rocket and a capsule for a mission.

The SpaceX Crew-2 mission includes NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

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The Crew-2 mission was originally scheduled to launch on Thursday. However, officials opted to delay the trip due to inclement weather along the flight path.

The spacecraft is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station early Saturday morning. Full coverage of the launch will air on NASA’s app and website.

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