Crew Dragon Demonstration Mission Schedule is Now NET November 1

An instrumented mannequin sit in the Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Demo-1 mission. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX has made an application for radio frequencies to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that indicates its second Crew Dragon demonstration mission will occur no earlier than Nov. 1.

The special temporary authority “is necessary for Dragon2 capsule telemetry, tracking, and command, for the upcoming SpaceX Commercial Crew vehicle demonstration mission to the International Space Station,” the company said in its application.

SpaceX listed the operation start date as Nov. 1 and the end date as May 1, 2020.

The company flew a Crew Dragon capsule without astronauts to the International Space Station in March. A demonstration mission with a crew was scheduled to occur this summer.

However, the Crew Dragon capsule that visited station exploded on April 20 during tests of its thrusters and emergency escape system. The second demonstration flight has been delayed while SpaceX investigates the cause of the explosion.