Astronaut Ryo1 Noguchi arrives at Kennedy Space Center on November 9 at 6:52 a.m.
Japanese astronaut Ryochi Noguchi, who is scheduled to head to the International Space Station on a spacecraft developed by an American private company, arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the spacecraft will be launched on August 8.
Astronaut Ryo1 Noguchi, along with three American astronauts, has been selected as the crew of the first full-scale operation of the Crew Dragon, a spacecraft developed by the American space development company SpaceX, and is scheduled to head to the International Space Station on the 15th of this month.
On August 8, Noguchi moved from the Johnson Space Center in Texas, where he is based, to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
At a press conference held after his arrival, Noguchi said, “It’s a difficult time, but I want to deliver this mission for all the important people who support me in Japan.”
Mr. Noguchi has previously been flying on the American space shuttle, russia’s Soyuz spacecraft, and this is the third type of spacecraft to fly.
Noguchi plans to stay at the International Space Station for about six months, conducting experiments that are the basis for applying human iPS cells to create three-dimensional organs, and delivering programs to the ground using a studio set up in Kibo in cooperation with an information and communications company.
The spacecraft That Noguchi is boarding is scheduled to launch at 9:49 a.m. on the 15th of this month, Japan time.