Meet ‘Endurance’! SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is named ahead of its crewed launch to the International Space Station at the end of this month 

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  • The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying Crew-3 is named Endurance
  • Crew Commander Raji Chari said it was named for the endurance of the team
  • This included the engineer, trainer, crew, and anyone involved.
  • This is the third capsule to be named, the others being Endeavor and Resilience.
  • The crew will launch on October 30 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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SpaceX’s next Crew Dragon capsule, codenamed ‘Endurance’, ahead of its launch to the International Space Station later this month.

The name was revealed by NASA astronaut Raja Chari, who will be the commander of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission, which will launch on October 30.

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Chari will launch with NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron, with European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer taking fourth.

Until the crew confirmed the new name, the capsule, which had never been to space before, was referred to as Capsule 210 by NASA, SpaceX and the crew.

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The name is “a tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit as we push humans and machines closer to us than ever before,” said Chari, who will make his first space flight upon launch, and command a spacecraft. Those who do will only become other cheaters. .

They will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 07:43 BST on October 30, arriving at the station the next day at 04:43 GMT on October 31.

Raja Chari (second from right) will become only the second rookie commander of the spacecraft, and will join Thomas Marshburn (left) and Kayla Barron (right) from NASA and Matthias Maurer (second left) from ESA.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor is docked for the International Space Station.  SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance will dock on October 31, 2021

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor is docked for the International Space Station. SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance will dock on October 31, 2021

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King John Wurputur “Grinder” Chari (born June 24, 1977) is an American test pilot and NASA astronaut making his first trip to space.

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Thomas Henry “Tom” Marshburn (born August 29, 1960) is a doctor and veteran NASA astronaut making his third visit to the ISS.

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Matthias Josef Maurer (born 18 March 1970) is a German-born European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut and materials scientist on his maiden voyage.

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Kayla Jane Barron (born September 19, 1987) is an American submarine warfare officer, engineer, and NASA astronaut on her first voyage to the ISS.

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According to Chari, giving the spacecraft the Endurance name “is a nod to the fact that the development team, the production team, the training team that brought us here, have endured through a pandemic.”

“And then of course, we’re going to reuse this vehicle,” he said in a NASA video announcement.

‘So, one of the really cool things about the SpaceX Dragon is, we’ll be the first to use Endurance, but it won’t be the last time it’s used.’

This is the third Crew Dragon to travel to space in SpaceX’s fleet.

It follows in the footsteps of Resilience and the Endeavor capsule that came before it.

Endeavor flew humans first during a Crew Demo-2 test flight and then a flight for Crew-2, and is currently docked to the ISS waiting to take the final crew back to Earth next month. Has been doing.

Resilience is currently active and was used for Crew-1 flight, and earlier this year took the Inspire 4 mission on an orbital journey around Earth.

It saw the all-citizen crew of Jared Isaacman, Sean Proctor, Hayley Arsinaux, and Christopher Sambrowski spend three days orbiting Earth in a modified version of the capsule.

This was changed to include a dome in place of the docking hatch, allowing the crew to see Earth as they orbited our world.

There is a fourth SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule under construction, which will be used for the planned Crew-4 mission, scheduled for April 2022.

Crew-3 astronauts will spend six months living and working on the International Space Station, scheduled to return in the spring of 2022.

It is the third mission to launch since NASA has contracted SpaceX to transport astronauts to the station, ending a long relationship with Roscosmos.

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Matthias Maurer

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Raja Chari (top left) will launch with NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn (top right) and Kayla Barron (bottom right), with European Space Agency astronaut Mathias Maurer (bottom left) taking fourth seat.

SpaceX Crew-3 Tom Marshburn will pilot the mission, and is seen here in his SpaceX suit preparing for flight

SpaceX Crew-3 Tom Marshburn will pilot the mission, and is seen here in his SpaceX suit preparing for flight

The Crew-3 mission, part of ISS Expedition 67, will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center on October 30.

Chari will command the mission, with NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn serving as pilot, and ESA’s Mathias Maurer and NASA’s Kayla Barron as mission specialists.

Chari, Maurer and Barron are on their first space flight, while Marshburn is making her third trip into orbit.

Raja Chari will command the next spaceflight pictured here in the simulator at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Raja Chari will command the next spaceflight pictured here in the simulator at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The fourth seat Barron occupied was left open in the hope that a Russian cosmonaut would take it as part of a barter agreement between NASA and Roscosmos — opening up the Soyuz for future NASA visits.

However, progress on the deal was slow, causing then-NASA administration Steve Jurczyk to say in April that the deal would be unlikely to begin until Crew-3 was launched, handing it over to the Baron instead. .

The crew will return to Earth in April 2022, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean, shortly after the Crew-4 mission aboard the space station.

SPACEX Crew DRAGON CAPSULE MEASURES 20FT and can carry 7 astronauts at once

The March 2 test, the first launch of American astronauts from American soil in eight years, will inform system design and operation (artist's impression).

The March 2 test, the first launch of American astronauts from American soil in eight years, will inform system design and operation (artist’s impression).

The capsule is about 20 feet long and 12 feet in diameter, and will carry 7 astronauts at a time.

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