Friday, December 11, 2020

Four Ham-Astronauts Fly SpaceX Dragon to ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approaches the
International Space Station (NASA photo)
The four members of the International Space Station's Expedition 64/65 crew – all licensed amateurs – arrived at the orbiting station on November 17 aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule that had been launched two days earlier from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the second crewed flight for the Dragon capsule. 

According to the ARRL Letter, the new crew members include Victor Glover, KI5BKC; Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG; Shannon Walker, KD5DXB and Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP. All are expected to stay on the station until spring, and all but Noguchi will likely take part in school contacts as part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, program.