SpaceX’s delays astronaut launch for NASA until mid-November

The Crew-1 mission, scheduled to liftoff atop a Space Falcon 9 rocket on Halloween with four astronauts to the International Space Station has been pushed to mid-November, NASA officials announced on Friday, October 10.

The delay will give “additional time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt,” NASA officials shared in an news update.

SpaceX On May 30, a Falcon 9 launched a Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken toward the space station on a test flight known as Demo-2. The mission went flawlessly and the two American astronauts were returned safely to American soil.