A statement issued by the agency said, “NASA and the American company SpaceX have set plans to launch the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft on a new manned flight to the International Space Station. The launch operation will take place on October 31 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, at 2:40 am local time. East Coast of the United States (9:40 Moscow time) “.
NEWS: We’re now targeting 2:40am ET Saturday, Oct. 31, for the launch of the @NASA and @SpaceX Crew-1 mission to send astronauts to the @Space_Station. Here is the latest #LaunchAmerica update: https://t.co/UXtCHLq247 pic.twitter.com/szkUUQMVv1
— Kathy Lueders (@KathyLueders) September 29, 2020
NASA indicated that it had chosen this date for the launch of the spacecraft so that its launch would not conflict with the launch of the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft, which will be launched to the International Space Station on the 14th of the same month to carry the Russian astronauts, Sergey Rijikov and Sergey Kud-Svershkov, and the American astronaut Kathleen Robins, so that this date does not affect the return of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft, which will separate from the station on October 22nd to carry to Earth the Russian astronauts, Anatoly Evanshin and Evan Wagner, and the American Chris Cassidy.
SpaceX Crew-1 will carry American astronauts, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker to the International Space Station, as well as the Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi.
And NASA had indicated earlier that the launch of this spacecraft from Cape Canaveral will be using a “Falcon-9” missile, also made by American SpaceX, and that the pioneers who will be launched onboard the vehicle will stay in the International Space Station for about half a year.