Crew-7 launch with a European astronaut postponed for 24 hours


By John

The launch of Crew-7, the mission intended to bring four astronauts on board the International Space Station, including the European Andreas Mogensen. NASA has decided on a 24-hour postponement to further investigate one of the environmental control systems of the Crew Dragon capsule and the launch is currently scheduled for 9.27am on Saturday 26 August, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (Florida).

«After carrying out a further review of the data – we read in a note released by NASA during the night – the mission managers decided to take further time to reconfirm the safety factors and the operating margin required on one of the components of the system environmental control and life support (ECLSS) of the Dragon spacecraft”.

The launch of Crew-7 was scheduled for this morning (25 August 2023) at 9:49 am Italian time and the postponement involves a delay of just under 24 hours. Four astronauts of as many nationalities are part of the Crew-7 mission: with the Danish Morgensen of the European Space Agency and destined to become the next commander of the ISS, the American Jasmin Moghbeli of NASA in the role of mission commander, the Japanese Satoshi Furukawa of the Jaxa Space Agency and the cosmonaut of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Konstantin Borisov.