Third commercial crew mission
The scheduled trip to the International Space Station has been postponed to Wednesday in order to complete necessary pre-flight data evaluations. The flight, arranged by Axiom Space from Houston, will now take place on Thursday following the completion of final analysis.
The flight’s four-person crew, consisting of retired astronaut Michael López-Alegría, Italian Walter Villadei, Swedish flier Marcus Wandt, and Turkey’s Alper Gezeravci, were preparing for launch on a two-week research mission aboard the orbital outpost when the delay was announced.
The scheduled time for liftoff from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center has been changed to 4:49 p.m. EST on Thursday, which lines up with the rotation of Earth and allows for a rendezvous with the space station.
At a teleconference on Tuesday evening, Benji Reed, senior director of human spaceflight programs at SpaceX, brought up two problems that engineers are currently investigating: potential issues with the energy modulator straps on the Crew Dragon’s parachutes and the torque on the connectors securing the Crew Dragon to the Falcon 9’s upper stage.