NASA and SpaceX Set Next Astronaut Launch for November 14

NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency comprise crew of NASA's Crew-1 mission - Courtesy SpaceX

NASA and SpaceX expect to launch the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station on Nov. 14 at 7:49 p.m. ET. A media teleconference will be held by managers of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission at 4 p.m. ET today, Oct. 28, to discuss the agency’s Commercial Crew Program and the upcoming launch.

NASA will also discuss results from recent testing of the Falcon 9 Merlin engines following unexpected data SpaceX noted during a recent non-NASA launch.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website.

Briefing participants include:

  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston
  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX, Hawthorne, California

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch the agency’s astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy.

Crew-1 astronauts will join the Expedition 64 crew of Commander Sergey Ryzhikov, and Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. The arrival of Crew-1 will increase the regular crew size of the space station’s expedition missions from six to seven astronauts, adding to the amount of crew time available for research.

The Crew-1 mission will launch a few days after the Nov. 10 scheduled launch of NASA’s Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a thorough review of launch vehicle performance.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live online at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive