Crew-1 is now scheduled to launch Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2:40 a.m. ET (11:40 p.m. PT on Oct. 30) on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida.
The operational mission -- in other words, not a test mission -- was originally targeted for Oct. 23, which would have put it close in time to a Russian Soyuz launch of a new three-person crew to the ISS and return of the current three-person crew to Earth.
"The new target date will deconflict the Crew-1 launch and arrival from upcoming Soyuz launch and landing operations," said
. "This additional time is needed to ensure closure of all open work, both on the ground and aboard the station, ahead of the Crew-1 arrival."
Crew-1 will have four astronauts on board: Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of Japanese space agency JAXA. They're ready to go, as Glover tweeted last week: "Crew-1 is complete with Dragon Rider training. We've got our license to fly! Thank you to all that made this possible. We hope to make you proud!"
October is shaping up to be a busy month for ISS launches with a cargo resupply craft, a Soyuz capsule and Dragon all set to get off this rock.
The future ISS residents of Crew-1 are scheduled for a six-month stay in space. At least they have their Halloween costumes sorted out. They're going as astronauts.