NASA and SpaceX delay the return of astronauts


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – 16:32 | Last Updated: 28 04 2021 – 16:32

In the statement made, it was stated that the decision was made because the speed of the sea winds was measured above the standard conditions in Florida, where the capsule carrying the astronauts was planned to land.

The US Aerospace Agency (NASA) reported that the Crew Dragon shuttle, which will carry 4 astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS), to Earth, has been postponed today.

In the statement made by NASA, it was stated that the landing of the shuttle, which will carry the US astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and the astronaut Soiçi Noguçi from the Japan Space Research Agency (JAXA), was decided to be postponed to April 30 due to bad weather conditions.

In the statement, it was stated that the decision was made because the speed of the sea winds was measured above standard conditions off Florida, where the capsule carrying the astronauts was planned to land.

SpaceX is transporting astronauts to the ISS with the Crew Dragon shuttle as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Services program.

The company carried out an unmanned test flight called “Demo-1”, then carried two astronauts to the station with a manned test flight called “Demo-2” in May 2020.

SpaceX delivered its astronaut team of 4 to the ISS in November 2020, as part of its mission called “Crew-1”.

The “Crew-1 mission” was the first manned voyage to space from the US after NASA ended its Space Shuttle program in 2011.

Astronauts and cosmonauts at the ISS were previously transported by Russian-made “Soyuz” shuttles, as NASA stopped producing personnel shuttles.

6 crew members take turns on the ISS

A joint project of NASA, ESA, JAXA, Russian Federal Space Agency and Canada Space Agency, ISS has 6 crew members from different countries taking turns working.

Within the scope of NASA’s “Commercial Supply Services” program, American companies Northrop Grumman “Cygnus” and SpaceX transport supplies to ISS with cargo shuttles named “Dragon”.

As part of the “Commercial Crew Development Program”, the US Boeing company also makes test flights with “CST-100 Starliner” space shuttles to transport personnel to ISS.