The official portrait of SpaceX Crew-2 (Uploaded on February 9, 2021)jsc2021e007778 (Feb. 23, 2021) --- The official portrait of the SpaceX Crew-2 crew members. From left are, NASA astronaut and Pilot Megan McArthur; European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut and Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet; JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide; and NASA astronaut and Commander Shane Kimbrough.
Can someone explain why Megan McArthur has a Mach 26 patch on her flight suit while the rest of her crewmates are sporting Mach 25 patches? Does it have to do with STS-125 being a Hubble servicing mission?
Its a shame that SpaceX doesn't produce a the helmet with just clearcoat (That black helmet looks great)Sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/
I realize that it seems there's little firsts all over the place these days, but is the handover the first time that JAXA will have two astronauts in orbit at the same time? And is it a big deal for them?
Applications for Crew-2 mission have been filed.0207-EX-ST-2021https://fcc.report/ELS/Space-Explorations-Technologies/0207-EX-ST-2021This application extends the frequencies in previous grant 1695-EX-ST-2020. This STA is necessary for Dragon2 capsule command and recovery for the upcoming commercial crew mission to the International Space Station.Requested Period of OperationOperation Start Date: 03/30/2021Operation End Date: 09/30/20210194-EX-ST-2021https://fcc.report/ELS/Space-Exploration-Technologies-Corp/0194-EX-ST-2021This application extends the frequencies in grant 1694-EX-ST-2020. This STA is necessary for Dragon2 capsule telemetry and tracking for the upcoming SpaceX Commercial Crew mission to the International Space Station. The launch and re-entry licensing authority is the FAA. Launch is also to be coordinated with the Eastern Range. On-orbit rendezvous with the ISS is to be coordinated with the NASA.Requested Period of OperationOperation Start Date: 03/30/2021Operation End Date: 09/30/2021
NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel says it "will be closely monitoring" the work SpaceX does to prepare the Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour and Falcon 9 rocket for reuse on the upcoming Crew-2 mission – as it is the first time a capsule will be reused for a crew mission.
This application uses information from previous grant 1335-EX-ST-2020. This STA is necessary to authorize launch vehicle communications for SpaceX Mission 1402 launching from LC-39a at KSC, and the experimental recovery operation following the Falcon 9 launch. The application includes a sub-orbital first stage, and an orbital second stage. Trajectory data shall be provided directly to NTIA, USAF, and NASA. All downrange Earth stations are receive-only. All operations are pre-coordinated with the Launch Range. Launch licensing authority is FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
We're hosting two briefings today on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the @Space_Station.📺: 12:30 p.m. ET | With Crew-2 leaders from NASA, @SpaceX, and @JAXA_en 📺: 2 p.m. ET | With @astro_kimbrough, @Astro_Megan, @Aki_Hoshide, and @Thom_astroSend questions using #askNASA!
NASA’s Steve Stich says Crew-2 is still no earlier than April 20, but may adjust date to optimize orbital mechanics. Still looking to fly between Soyuz missions in early April and beta cutout in May.
NASA's Steve Stich confirms all remains on track to fly a used first stage for the Crew-2 mission in April. Completed a certification review last Friday.This is a huge milestone for reusable rockets—NASA putting its most valuable missions on them.
Quote from: Jeff Foust tweetNASA’s Steve Stich says Crew-2 is still no earlier than April 20, but may adjust date to optimize orbital mechanics. Still looking to fly between Soyuz missions in early April and beta cutout in May.
http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.htmlQuoteFALCON 9<snip>The next Crew Dragon carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station is targeted for late April around 6am EDT. Sunrise is 6:49am. The launch time gets 22-26 minutes earlier each day.
FALCON 9<snip>The next Crew Dragon carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station is targeted for late April around 6am EDT. Sunrise is 6:49am. The launch time gets 22-26 minutes earlier each day.