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NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Crew-1 Mission Update, New Release Date Expected

NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Crew-1 Mission Update, New Release Date Expected

Press release from: NASA HQ
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020

NASA and SpaceX now target 19:49 EST Saturday, November 14, for the launch of the first crew rotation mission for the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission managers will hold a media conference call at 4 pm EDT on Wednesday, October 28, to discuss the next launch, including results of recent tests on the Falcon 9 Merlin engines after unexpected data that the SpaceX noted during a recent non-NASA launch. The conference call audio will be broadcast live on agency website.

Briefing participants include:

  • Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, Directorate of Human Exploration and Operations Mission, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston
  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of construction and flight reliability, SpaceX, Hawthorne, California

The media can ask questions only over the phone. To obtain the dialing number and password, contact the NASA Kennedy Space Center office in Florida no later than 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28 at [email protected]

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

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

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

The audio of the conference call will be broadcast live online at:


For more information about the mission, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercial crew

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