SpaceX: the calendar of future manned missions

SpaceX has several manned missions awaiting it. Missions to the ISS, tourist flights and even a future tour of the Moon. Overview of the upcoming calendar for the American company.

Crew-4 take-off: April 27, 2022

Four astronauts boarded SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. Three are American and the last Italian: Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, Robert Hines, Samantha Cristoforetti. The first three represent the American space agency, while the last bears the colors of the European Space Agency.

There will also be the return mission to ensure, in six months. SpaceX will be responsible for bringing the four travelers back to their destination at the end of September 2022 – the date is not firmly fixed, insofar as a short extension can be decided. Point to note with this mission: it welcomes the first black woman in the International Space Station.

Departure of the Crew-5 mission: October 2022

SpaceX’s next manned mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for October 2022. The entire crew is known: there are two Americans (Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada), one Japanese (Kōichi Wakata) and, for the fourth seat, we evokes a great first: the presence of a Russian, namely Anna Kikina.

The United States and Russia have historically cooperated in space around the ISS. It has also happened that the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, transports American astronauts on board the ISS. This would be the first time the US has returned the favor, with SpaceX. However, the geopolitical context around the war in Ukraine brings a dose of uncertainty.

Flight of the Ax-2 mission: fall 2022 — spring 2023

The Ax-2 mission is expected between fall 2023 and spring 2023. We know that it will be commanded by the American Peggy Whitson, a very experienced NASA astronaut (665 days in space, 10 extravehicular exits for a total of 60 hours and three stays in the ISS, sorry). Investor John Shoffner was also announced on board.

The other members are not yet known. It is mentioned the possibility that one of the two remaining seats could be awarded to the winner of the TV show Who Wants to Be an Astronaut? (Who wants to become an astronaut?), produced by the Discovery Channel. Ax missions are for tourism purposes. The very first took place at the beginning of the year and lasted a week.

Crew-6 Mission Planning: April 2023

SpaceX will proceed in April 2023 to a new takeoff in the direction of the ISS. Mission name: Crew-6. For the moment, two of the four members are known: the Americans Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg. The third seat should be reserved for an Emirati astronaut. It would not be a first: in 2019, Hazza Al Mansouri was the first to go into space.

Moon flyby: 2023

In 2018, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced a moon flyby project funded by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — eight people are also to be part of the trip. A selection campaign is underway throughout the world to select the businessman’s traveling companions. This includes, among other things, a medical check-up.

An artist’s vision that shows a dream flyby of the Moon. // Source: SpaceX

Once the choice is made, training will begin until 2023. Even if SpaceX will supervise and control everything remotely, it is preferable that everyone is pretty much on such a journey – procedures, suits, key phases of the flight, etc Take-off will be from Florida. Once the loop of the Moon is complete, the ship, which will have left Florida, will return. It is in principle the Starship that will be used.

Departure of the Crew-7 mission: September 2023

The Crew-7 mission is a mission in more than a year, in September 2023. As of the Crew Dragon capsule, we already know two of the four passengers: the American Jasmin Moghbeli and the Dane Andreas Mogensen. This will be a first for Jasmin, who will serve as captain. Andreas has already stayed on the ISS. He will be the pilot.

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