NASA and SpaceX plan to launch a manned Crew Dragon spacecraft with four astronauts aboard after April 20, 2021. The second mission will replace the crew on the U.S. segment of the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be the first mission with two international crew members. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.
The mission will take off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
For some time Crew Dragon-2 astronauts will be on the ISS with the crew of Crew Dragon-1, which currently operates on the station and consists of four people.NASA and SpaceX are also continuing preparations for the Crew-3 mission, which is currently scheduled for launch this fall.
Recall that last year SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft first delivered people to the ISS. Crew Dragon delivered to the space station astronauts.
Note that the American private company Axiom Space has presented participants in the first tourist mission ship Crew Dragon to the ISS.