SpaceX launched four astronauts toward the International Space Station on a brand new Dragon spacecraft Wednesday night from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, continuing the company’s swift acceleration of crew missions just two days after another capsule returned to Earth.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Launch Delayed for Second Time in a Week Due to an Unspecified Medical Issue With a Crew Member
NASA is delaying the upcoming launch of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission due to a minor medical issue involving one of its crew members. The issue is not related to COVID-19. The earliest possibility of launching to the International Space Station will be 11:36 p.m. EDT Saturday, Nov. 6.
The two commercial space taxis share a mission but differ in operations.
A problem with the Crew Dragon toilet was first identified during SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission in September, which carried four people on the first all-tourism mission to orbit, where they spent three days.
After initially moving forward 24 hours from October 31st to October 30th, SpaceX’s next Crew Dragon astronaut mission has slipped back to its initial Halloween launch date.
“On behalf of the 30,000 professional and student members of AIAA, we are excited to congratulate Elon Musk, the SpaceX team, and the Inspiration4 crew on their accomplishments! The Inspiration4 mission represents a huge step toward opening up access to space for all of us. Together, the SpaceX team and the Inspiration4 crew are accelerating our off-world future, helping extend the human neighborhood beyond planet Earth.”