NASA + SpaceX Delays Launch!

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraftImage credit with permission: NASA/Joel Kowsky

If you were planning on heading over to Kennedy Space Center at the end of this month to watch SpaceX and NASA carry four Astronauts to the International Space Station on March 30th, you are not alone. This was a super exciting launch we were all looking forward to. On March 18th, it was announced by their website linked below that the March 30th launch will be delayed until at least April 15th, 2022. The initial reasoning is to give additional time in between the Axium Space AX-1 mission and the SpaceX Crew-4 mission. For further details please see the official Axium press release - Axium Targets New Launch Dates

So we have two missions that have seemingly swapped places. Let’s take a look at both a little more in depth.

Axium Space AX-1 is targeting April 3rd for their historic mission. That mission is the first private launch to take an all private crew of four powered by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station.

Please note the Feel the Heat package which gets you as close as safely possible for this is now sold out. The Feel the Launch package and general viewing are still available.

To buy tickets to this historic launch and see the rocket take off, please visit the Kennedy Space Center website here - Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex :: Ticket Selection

NASA's SpaceX Crew4 mission which was delayed from March 30th is now targeting April 15th as the new launch date. This commercial crew mission will also bring four Astronauts to the International Space Station also on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. There are further details on Nasa's official blog about the date switch for both launches.
The International Space Station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon EndeavourImage credit, with permission: NASA

At present time, no viewing packages have been announced for this launch. We do fully expect them to be announced closer to the launch date so mark your calendars.

The viewing opportunities will be dependent on launch date and time. It will need approval from both NASA and the US Space Force.

The previous schedule had only 4 days in between launches of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and has now been adjusted to have a bigger cushion of at least 12 days.

NASA's commercial crew program allows for collaboration of government and commercial entities for the advancement of space exploration. NASA has officially certified SpaceX's crew dragon and Falcon 9 for launches. NASA is continuing to work with Boeing on it's CST-100 Starliner to carry humans into space and eventually be a major transport to the International Space Station. Previous to the Commercial Crew program, NASA would own all hardware and infrastructure to ensure reliability and safety. This program is the first of it's kind and looks to be very successful so far.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraftImage credit with permission: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

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For the above launch dates and references, we sourced our information on the Kennedy Space Center Launch Schedule website available here: Kennedy Space Center Launch Website

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