By James Tutten, via WFTV 9 Eyewitness News
The first operational Commercial Crew mission to the International Space Station is set to launch next month. SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission will send four astronauts to the orbiting laboratory for a six-month science mission at 7:49 p.m. on Nov. 14.
Crew-1 spacecraft commander, Mike Hopkins, announced last month that “Resilience” will be the name for the next SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The Crew Dragon that will carry Hopkins and fellow NASA astronauts Victor Glover and Shannon Walker into space alongside JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi is designed to last up to 210 days in space.
The spacecraft will also have some redesigned heat shield tiles and improved measurement for parachute deployment, officials said.
NASA will also enforce a 10-mile safe zone after splashdown because of lessons learned during the Demo-2 mission.
NASA said the launch will be the first time an international crew will fly aboard a NASA-certified, commercially owned and operated American rocket and spacecraft from American soil.