SpaceX is preparing for the historic Crew-1 trip to the ISS to bring astronauts to the orbital research station. The Crew Dragon capsule that will be used for this mission is designated “Resilience” and is currently scheduled to launch with astronauts aboard the ISS later this month. SpaceX delivered the spacecraft to its hangar at the Kennedy Space Center earlier this week.
With the spaceship’s arrival, it will now be connected to the Falcon 9 rocket before the fully assembled missile is headed for the launch pad. The short trip to the launch pad is scheduled for this weekend. Currently, the launch of the commercial cockpit is scheduled for November 14 at 7:49 p.m. EST. There will be four astronauts on this historic mission, known as the Crew-1.
The launch was the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX sent astronauts to the ISS with a 64-day test flight to the space station earlier this year with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board. The capsule resilience nickname was chosen by Cmdr. Mike Hopkins, who says he hopes the mission will inspire everyone about what can happen as we work together.
Hopkins points out that the definition of resilience means performing well under stress or during adverse events. The year 2020 is definitely a challenge and requires resilience in the space program. Resilience was chosen as the name of the spaceship because it is not just a connection with the four astronauts aboard the spaceship, it means to bring something positive to everyone’s lives.
The crew on Group 1 flight consisted of Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi. An interesting side note from Hopkins is that the Crew-2 astronauts will not change their name to Crew Dragon Endeavor. It was a spaceship that went on a test mission to gain Dragon Crew certification for spacecraft.