SpaceX upgrades launch pad for Crew Dragon missions

Astronauts rejoice SpaceX has improved its Florida operations site, and this week's launch of Crew Dragon will serve as a test for future astronaut flights. DiscussSpaceX has upgraded the launch pad for Crew Dragon missions© SpaceX

Launch date? Thursday, March 20, 2024 at 04:55 PM EDT. CRS-30 is SpaceX's 30th mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The cargo will fly on a Falcon 9 rocket

Key features of the updated launch pad, located at the Cape Canaveral Launch Complex, are the addition of a crew access arm and a new launch tower. These facilities will allow astronauts to board the Crew Dragon immediately prior to launch, similar to existing facilities at the LC-39A launch complex.

Having two Dragon launch pads provides redundancy and avoids scheduling conflicts between crew and crew missions. cargo missions. A new manipulator for crew access makes it easier and safer to load time-critical experiments and materials into the Dragon cargo capsule.