Preparations for Crew Dragon’s first operational mission seems to be going well. SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, announced on Saturday that it successfully completed a static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage that will launch the mission.
Another successful static fire test
The team at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas completed a static fire test today of the Falcon 9 first stage that will launch Crew Dragon’s first operational mission (Crew-1) with 3 @NASA astronauts and 1 @jaxa_en astronaut on board later this year pic.twitter.com/iagTmZUXDu— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 24, 2020
The test comes on the heels of another successful static fire test earlier this week of Falcon 9’s second stage engine. This engine is the 100th-second stage engine SpaceX has built.
The McGregor team also completed a static fire test earlier this week of Falcon 9’s second stage engine for the Crew-1 mission, which will propel Crew Dragon toward the @space_station once the first stage separates and reorients to land back on Earth pic.twitter.com/QYaMgLQeLg— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 24, 2020
Crew Dragon’s first operational mission (Crew-1) will head to the International Space Station with three NASA astronauts and one JAXA one. The NASA astronauts will be Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover Jr., and Shannon Walker.
Meanwhile, the JAXA astronaut will be Noguchi Soichi. All the astronauts have begun preparing for their journeys.
NASA and SpaceX are targeting May 27th for the first crewed flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, provided the recent coronavirus outbreak does not cause any delays. The mission, if successful, will mark the first time astronauts have launched from American soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
This mission will then be followed by a series of regular, rotational flights to the station of which Crew-1 will be the first one. We wish NASA and SpaceX good luck!