Announcement of the Space Vehicle for JAXA Astronaut HOSHIDE Akihiko's International Space Station (ISS) ExpeditionJuly 28, 2020 (JST)National Research & Development AgencyJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)JAXA astronaut, HOSHIDE Akihiko, currently preparing and training for the ISS Expedition, has been decided to board the second operational Crew Dragon developed by Space-X. The launch is scheduled for spring 2021.This is his third Space flight, and in addition, he has been assigned as the second Japanese astronaut to be the ISS commander, following Astronaut WAKATA Koichi.The flight schedule will be announced when more details are available.Comment from Astronaut HOSHIDE AkihikoIt has been decided that I will be boarding the SpaceX's second Crew Dragon. As I have been training for long duration flight aboard the International Space Station, it is an honor to be able to board this new vehicle, following JAXA astronaut NOGUCHI Soichi. I am looking forward to board on this commercial vehicle which has been developed by the private sector utilizing new technology based on novel, innovative concept in addition to the U.S. Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz, those of which have long history and steady performance. At the same time, feeling the arrival of a new epoch.Though the training phase will begin shifting to the final phase under this COVID-19 situation, I would like to ask for everyone's renewed support.
Looks like I'll be the first European to ever ride a Dragon into space! Training has already started at SpaceX's futuristic facilities. Stay tuned for more updates... and wait, how do you install the "launch" app on these giant tablet-screens?
So ESA and JAXA astronaut. Wanna see if there will be a Russian cosmonaut or whether it'll be two American astronauts because Roscosmos cannot fly an untested flight-proven capsule.
Now this is interesting. It was my understanding that the original agreement for a crew complement of 7 was:3 US3 Russian1 International (rotating between Europe, Japan, and Canada)And for a crew complement of 6, this was modified to 2 US slots but otherwise the same.But on this mission, we have not only two international astronauts on the same flight, but two Japanese astronauts on consecutive flights. Anyone know why the seat rotation is all mixed up?
Stafford said that Russian officials, who met with Stafford’s committee in Houston in December, were reticent to fly cosmonauts on what to them are unproven vehicles. “The Russian side noted that, prior to agreeing to the mixed crew plan, there needs to be successful USCV launches,” he said. “Roscosmos will consider participation after successful launches, but will not participate in the first launch of the vehicle.”
I'm thinking that since Hoshide was bumped for Cassidy that this NASA seat was assigned to him.Interesting that, if all goes well and Crew-2 flies aboard Endeavour, Megan will fly in the same seat as her husband on its previous flight.
Time to change that now that Daddy is available to hand off some of the parenting duties to again.
Quote from: ddspaceman on 07/28/2020 07:58 pmTime to change that now that Daddy is available to hand off some of the parenting duties to again.Out of context, this sentence could be construed as something kind of horrific. But what a family. Yeesh.Even with the absences, having not one, but two multi-talented parents. Edit: I had to read the sentence a couple times to get the intended meaning.
Quote from: intelati on 07/28/2020 08:04 pmQuote from: ddspaceman on 07/28/2020 07:58 pmTime to change that now that Daddy is available to hand off some of the parenting duties to again.Out of context, this sentence could be construed as something kind of horrific. But what a family. Yeesh.Even with the absences, having not one, but two multi-talented parents. Edit: I had to read the sentence a couple times to get the intended meaning.Must be the Canadian accent I just thought Megan has been doing the lion's share of the parenting of her and Bob's son while Bob has been traveling the country for years training and then a couple of months on ISS and her flying career was kind of on hold while all that was going on. Now it's her turn to spread her wings. I mean, it will be 12 years since she flew last. She only flew to Hubble Telescope in 2009, never the ISS.
Without doing the research to back myself up, but Bob and her would probably have gotten mostly equivalent training (minus mission specific training of course.)
The hypothesis is Russia's comment on flying cosmonauts on "unproven" vehicles... I am not exactly clear on their reservations they have about the vehicle.
I'm thinking that since Hoshide was bumped for Cassidy that this NASA seat was assigned to him.