The fourth full manned mission from SpaceX to the International Space Station has successfully boarded the International Space Station. This is the company’s second crewed launch in less than three weeks. The crew consists of three American astronauts and one Italian astronaut.
The described mission was launched on April 27 this year. at. 9:52 CEST from the LC-39A platform located at Kennedy (KSC) in Florida. The rocket used for this flight was traditionally a Falcon 9, with the Dragon 2 “Freedom” manned spacecraft. 12 minutes after the start, SECO (Second Engine Interruption) occurred, that is, turning off the vacuum engine of the second stage Merlin 1D, at the same time disconnecting the car from the unnecessary missile part. The first stage, designated B1067, returned to Earth, and landed on an independent barge Deficiency in Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean. A vehicle with astronauts successfully docked in the unit harmony About 16 hours after take off.
The crew of four consists of the mission commander – Kjell Lindgren (USA), the pilot – Bob Heinz, also coming from the United States, and two specialists – Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy (representing the European Space Agency) and Jessica Watkins (USA). . The flight itself and docking to the station was completely automatic, without the need for any human intervention. During their six-month stay on the International Space Station, the astronauts will conduct more than 200 science experiments and perform at least two spacewalks. To help launch the European robotic arm.
According to current plans, astronauts for the Crew-4 mission will remain at the station until September this year. Currently, responsibilities are being transferred between the new and returning crew of the Crew-3 mission, who have been staying at the station since November 2021. Their return is scheduled for the beginning of May this year. On board the “Endurance” Crew Dragon. In return, the next contracted NASA Crew-5 mission will be sent to the International Space Station in early September this year.
The event in question was supposed to take place just two days after the first full-fledged tourist expedition to Earth returned to the International Space Station. NASA and SpaceX officials announced that the short hiatus between the return of the Axiom-1 and the launch of the Falcon 9 with the Crew-4 mission wasn’t much of an issue for them. The astronomers’ return was initially scheduled for April 20, but was postponed due to bad weather. Another commercial mission from Axiom has been approved by NASA and is scheduled to begin in early 2023.
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