Nasa astronauts, from left, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, are going to the International Space Station for a full space station stay of five to six months.
The latest launch was bumped a day in order to give SpaceX's booster-landing platform enough time to get into position in the Atlantic, given the rough seas in the wake of Tropical Storm Eta.
SpaceX to launch first official crewed mission to space station
After a successful test flight earlier this year, NASA begins what they expect to be a regular, continuous commute to the International Space Station in a ship created by... someone else.
"When someone tests positive for COVID here at the Kennedy Space Center and across NASA, it is our policy for that person to quarantine and self-isolate, so we anticipate that will be taking place", Bridenstine, adding that he expected SpaceX to do any contract tracing.
If that attempt is scrapped, a backup launch would be set for 7:27 p.m. on Sunday with docking 27 hours later due to orbital mechanics.
The launch was previously slated for October 31 but was pushed back to November 14 when the Falcon rocket had two engines replaced because of contamination from a red lacquer used in processing.More news: "Felt Quite Well": Jannik Sinner Creates History at ATP Sofia 2020
NASA said: "Teams completed the final major review today for NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission that will launch from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station". Because of the one-day delay, the Crew-1 mission will now take about three times longer.
SpaceX completed its test-flight program August 2 when astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned from a two-month stay aboard the station.
"The launch webcast will go live about 4 hours before liftoff".
The weather forecast for a Sunday launch is only slightly less favorable than on Saturday, with a 60% chance of good weather, according to a U.S. Space Force forecast.More news: Disneyland Announces More Furloughs as Anaheim Resort Remains Closed
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SpaceX is one of two commercial companies with multi-billion-dollar contracts to fly astronauts to and from the space station for NASA. That mission, called Demo-2, lasted two months and ferried two astronauts to and from the station.More news: Dr. Fauci on Thanksgiving gatherings: 'keep the mask on’