SpaceX, NASA delay launch of Crew-7 astronauts to International Space Station

SpaceX’s next astronaut launch has been pushed back by at least 24 hours.

The company was counting down to launch the four-person Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA in the early hours of Friday (Aug. 25) from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. But now, that’s not going to happen.

“NASA and SpaceX are standing down from the Friday, Aug. 25, launch opportunity for the agency’s Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station,” NASA officials said in an emailed statement Thursday night (Aug. 24). “Launch now is targeted at 3:27 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, for SpaceX’s seventh crew rotation mission to the microgravity laboratory for NASA. More to come.”

The brief statement did not provide a reason for the scrub.

Crew-7 will send four astronauts representing four different space agencies to the ISS for a roughly six-month stay. They’ll get there aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endurance, which already has two trips to the orbiting lab under its belt.

The crewmembers are NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, Endurance’s commander; the European Space Agency’s Andreas Mogensen, from Denmark, who will serve as pilot; and Satoshi Furukawa and Konstantin Borisov, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, respectively. Furukawa and Borisov will be mission specialists on Crew-7.


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As its name suggests, Crew-7 will be SpaceX’s seventh operational mission to the space station for NASA. But it will be the 11th human spaceflight overall for Elon Musk’s company.

One of those previous missions is still at the ISS. Crew-6 reached the orbiting lab in early March and is scheduled to depart about five days after Crew-7’s arrival.


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