. Now SpaceX is gearing up to do it for a third time.. Its next mission to the International Space Station, known as Crew 2, is with the companys most seasoned team. Yet, and also its most international. Crew 2 is made up of four members in total: two NASA astronauts Mission commander, Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur and mission specialists, Thomas Pesquet, from ESA, as well as Aki Hoshide from JAXA., Although this will be McArthurs first duration on The ISS each member of the team has flown multiple times on previous missions, including the Space Shuttle and Soyuz spacecraft. Building on their collective expertise. Theyve been able to approach the SpaceX Crew, Dragon Capsule and training program with thoroughness and excitement., Even if its a little different.. So, comparing the Crew Dragon with the space shuttle training. Obviously the vehicles have a lot of differences, even though their goal is the same to get people into low Earth orbit. With Crew Dragon.. Of course, we don’t have those panels and panels of switches. We have a very clean wall, environment. It’s, like a smartphone, I would say compared to the old telephone. And even though the team is experienced and most of the Crew Dragon controls are automatic, its still a brand new spacecraft with lots to get used to. You need To know all the systems to be able to fix them and to understand how they work. You train in the SIM, then you train on your spacesuit and then you train with those scenarios from benign to more more difficult.
Then, at the end, you really have to you know, react to a fire or launch abort and all the contingency that could happen and at you have to be prepared for.. All this training becomes important not only for their safety, but remember these are still early days for commercial human spaceflight.. This is only the third human flight of this vehicle right.. So when we get into the range and we’ve flown, you know, I don’t say put a number on it: 30 to 50 times, then I think things will be more routine. I think they’re all pretty much test flights still until you get a lot more data points to be able to compare.. The NASA and SpaceX teams have certainly looked at what happened on demo two and changed things and made it better for crew one. And then we’re. Getting data from crew one already on the launch site and they’re working on better fixes for that And SpaceX is working diligently with those changes.. The Crew 2 team will actually be launching on the Crew Dragon Endeavour, which is the same one that was launched during the Demo 2 mission in May of 2020, with Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who happens to be McArthurs husband. How cool is that? It is amazing to think that I will be sitting in the same seat that Bob was sitting in when he certified that vehicle, the very first time that it launched., But that certainly adds a little something special to the mission.
. Since then, the SpaceX team has made some tweaks to Endeavour, starting with the thermal protective system, adding some new parachutes and increasing the propellant on the pad abort system.. The extra fuel will improve the safety systems of the capsule which allow it to launch off the Falcon 9 rocket and maneuver itself away. If theres, an emergency. Crew 2 will launch out of NASAs Kennedy Space Center and will be in orbit for about a day before it docks with the ISS and when it does, it will be filled with 11 people in total., Crew, 2 AND Crew 1 will be Aboard the station at the same time., Although it will be cramped space lasting roughly a week, the crews are taking advantage of the extra set of hands. Theyll start conducting scientific research such as ultrasound testing and watching cotton grow in microgravity.. The crew will also be responsible for installing the stations new solar arrays, which will increase the station’s total power from 160 to 215 kilowatts. Crew 2 will be able to return home in 6. Months. A flight like this from the three space agencies hasnt been made in 20 years.. It may not seem like a big deal, but international collaborations like these are important.. It makes things more. Complicated. Yeah we don’t speak the same language. We don’t have those same priorities. All the time. in the end, it makes you better. It makes you achieve more.. Looking ahead to the Moon and Mars.
, I think we need to continue this international cooperation, because a single country can just cannot do it. Alone. It’s also true on this global level, that we have these big dreams where we look out. You know to the horizon and this desire to explore the universe around us. And we’re always going to be more successful when we work together with our international partners, to achieve these incredible dreams. For more Countdown To Launch check out our playlist here. Dont forget to subscribe And if theres another launch youd like us to cover, let us know in the comments below..