U.S. commercial aircraft Resilience makes history with Halloween launch

The first commercially owned U.S. rocket is going to launch into space this Halloween, by way of NASA and Space X.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 flight mission, scheduled to launch on October 31, will carry NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, to the space station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to a press release.

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The group will be the first international team to fly a NASA-certified capsule owned and operated by an American company. It will also be the first time an international crew member has flown on a commercial spacecraft from U.S. soil. It will be SpaceX’s second launch.

Michael Hopkins, commander of the Crew Dragon Spacecraft, was excited about the launch in a press conference held yesterday, September 29.

“Crew-1 is ready,” Hopkins said during the press conference. “The crew and the training team has done an amazing job of getting this ready.”

According to previous press releases, the rocket was initially supposed to launch no later than October 23, but was delayed due to the arrival of the Russian Soyuz, which is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 14.

The Crew Dragon astronauts will spend six months aboard the space station’s orbiting laboratory complex as part of a science mission.

With the stress and woe that this year has brought on, it’s no surprise what the rocket was named: Resilience.

“I think all of us can agree 2020 has been a challenging year,” Hopkins said. “Despite all of that, SpaceX, NASA has finished this amazing vehicle that is getting ready to go on its maiden flight. We hope that it provides something positive in your lives, and we hope that it’s an inspiration—that it shows when you work together, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.”

There will be a livestream of the historic launch available on NASA’s website on October 31.

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