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Russian cosmonaut prepares for first SpaceX mission

SpaceX Crew-5 cosmonaut Anna Kikina, mission specialist, will get suited as much as take part in a crew gear interface take a look at (CEIT) at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Aug. 13, 2022. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina would be the first to sit down aboard a SpaceX spacecraft. Kikina and three astronauts will launch to the Worldwide House Station no prior to Oct. 3 for the NASA Crew-5 mission. The group might be looking for to indicate ISS house science can proceed to hold on as regular amid the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Learn extra: NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts prepared for historic mission

SpaceX seemingly lead supplier for two new ISS personal missions

international space station seen through a spacecraft window

The Worldwide House Station will settle for extra business astronaut missions by means of NASA. (Picture credit score: NASA)

With SpaceX the one firm to this point allowed by NASA to carry folks to the Worldwide House Station (ISS), it’s seemingly within the lead to supply launch providers for 2 new personal missions. 

NASA stated Wednesday (Sept. 14) that it has requested personal trade for proposals for 2 personal ISS missions to run between late 2023 and 2024. SpaceX already has expertise in offering such providers, as its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft despatched the primary all-private Axiom House mission, referred to as Ax-1, to the orbiting advanced earlier this 12 months.

Full story: NASA requests 2 new personal astronaut missions to Worldwide House Station

SpaceX receives 5 mission orders from NASA

SpaceX with ship 5 extra astronaut missions to the Worldwide House Station (ISS) underneath a brand new $1.4 billion deal, which modifies an current settlement between the 2 organizations.

The deal covers Crews-10 by means of Crew-14 and can use SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rockets. NASA said the contract “permits NASA to take care of an uninterrupted U.S. functionality for human entry to the house station till 2030.”

Learn extra: NASA awards SpaceX $1.4 billion for five extra astronaut missions

SpaceX, NASA delay Crew-5 launch to keep away from visitors jam

four blue suited astronauts in front of a wall with space design drawings

 The crew of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission to the Worldwide House Station. From left: Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Company), Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, and NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

SpaceX and NASA plan to delay the following astronaut launch by 4 days, to no sooner than Oct. 3. The Crew-5 mission to the Worldwide House Station was delayed from an preliminary goal of Sept. 29.

“The date adjustment permits for further separation with spacecraft visitors coming to and from the house station,” company officers stated within the transient replace, NASA introduced in an replace right now (opens in new tab) (Aug. 25). The company didn’t present extra particulars about their considerations relating to the visitors jam.

Learn extra: SpaceX’s subsequent astronaut launch for NASA delayed to Oct. 3

SpaceX examines attainable particles, addresses Crew-5 rocket injury

A SpaceX crew is on the best way to Australia to analyze attainable house junk related to a cargo “trunk” that indifferent from the Crew-1 spacecraft, burning up within the ambiance July 8.

“We did get stories of particles from a trunk,” Benjamin Reed, senior director of SpaceX’s human spaceflight program, informed reporters throughout a livestreamed NASA Crew-5 press briefing Thursday (Aug. 4). 

He emphasised that SpaceX labored intently with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration earlier than the Crew-1 mission to attenuate Crew Dragon particles, and that if the charred {hardware} is certainly SpaceX’s, it got here down precisely the place predicted.

SpaceX can also be working to deal with minor injury to the Crew-5 Falcon 9 first-stage booster, which got here in touch with a bridge throughout transport. Reed stated SpaceX is dedicated to creating the fixes to deal with NASA’s rigorous security necessities. The injury delayed the launch till September.

Doable SpaceX Crew-1 particles noticed in Australia

A possible piece of SpaceX Crew-1 debris was announced in Australian media July 29, 2022.

A attainable piece of SpaceX Crew-1 particles was introduced in Australian media July 29, 2022. (Picture credit score: Brad Tucker/Twitter)

Charred materials, probably a remnant from a SpaceX spacecraft, was found in a sheep paddock close to Dalgety, Australia. Witnesses within the area heard a “bang” July 9 native time. Weeks later, two area farmers got here throughout massive and unfamiliar items of {hardware} on their massive properties.

SpaceX has not but confirmed if the piece was part of its Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft that splashed down efficiently on Could 2, 2021. That stated, two house particles trackers recommend it was certainly from that mission, on condition that Dalgety was beneath the projected re-entry pathway of an unpressurized “trunk” piece of Dragon, jettisoned earlier than re-entry.

Learn extra: Doable SpaceX particles falls in Australia from Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft

United Arab Emirates astronaut joins Crew-6

United Arab Emirates spaceflight participant Sultan AlNeyadi.

United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi. (Picture credit score: NASA)

UAE astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi was introduced Monday (July 25) because the fourth crew member of SpaceX’s Crew-6 mission, which is predicted to launch in 2023. AlNeyadi would be the first astronaut from an Arab nation to conduct a long-duration mission on the Worldwide House Station. His seat was organized by means of a beforehand disclosed settlement with Axiom House.

AlNeyadi will be a part of NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, who will function spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, aboard Crew-6. A Roscosmos cosmonaut, Andrei Fedyaev, joined the crew this month following a seat swap deal between Russia’s federal house company and NASA to fly cosmonauts aboard personal American autos, in trade for U.S. Soyuz seats.

Learn extra in our story about AlNeyadi’s task.

Crew-3 splashes down safely

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut mission returned to Earth after practically six months in orbit early Friday morning (Could 6), splashing down within the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast proper on schedule at 12:43 a.m. EDT (0443 GMT). Learn our story right here.

SpaceX Crew-3 Dragon Endurance headed dwelling

The SpaceX Dragon capsule Endurance, carrying the Crew-3 astronauts, undocks from the Worldwide House Station on Could 5, 2022.  (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Crew-Dragon Endurance is headed again to Earth to return 4 astronauts dwelling from the Worldwide House Station for NASA and the European House Company. 

The Dragon Endurance capsule undocked from the house station right now, Could 5, at 1:20 a.m. EDT (0520 GMT) to start a day-long journey dwelling. The spacecraft is predicted to splash down within the Gulf of Mexico, simply off the Florida coast, at 12:43 a.m. EDT (0443 GMT). 

Endurance is returning SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA again to Earth. The mission, which launched in November 2021, ferried NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer to the station for a six-month journey. 

You possibly can watch the SpaceX Crew-3 touchdown stay on-line, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA is offering stay protection by means of the touchdown now.

Crew-4 astronauts enter ISS

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The four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-4 mission for NASA share warm hugs and big smiles with their Crew-3 counterparts after entering the International Space Station on April 27, 2022.

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission for NASA share heat hugs and massive smiles with their Crew-3 counterparts after getting into the Worldwide House Station on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-4 mission for NASA share warm hugs and big smiles with their Crew-3 counterparts after entering the International Space Station on April 27, 2022.

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission for NASA share heat hugs and massive smiles with their Crew-3 counterparts after getting into the Worldwide House Station on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission to the Worldwide House Station have entered the orbiting laboratory, ending their 15-hour journey to the orbiting lab. 

Crew-4 commander Kjell Lindgren, pilot Bob Hines and mission specialists Jessica Watkins (all NASA astronauts) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European House Company floated contained in the station’s Concord module simply after 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT April 28), the place they had been welcomed with massive hugs from the station’s Crew-3 astronaut crew. 

There are actually 11 folks residing aboard the house station. NASA postponed the normal welcome ceremony for the Crew-4 astronauts because the station’s Russian crew is at present asleep, resting forward of a deliberate spacewalk on Thursday (April 28). 

NASA will maintain a belated welcome ceremony at 2:40 a.m. EDT (0640 GMT) on Thursday as soon as the cosmonauts awake for the spacewalk day.

That can wrap up House.com’s Crew-4 launch and docking protection. Thanks for becoming a member of us. This stay weblog will resume with the following SpaceX Crew Dragon mission occasion, the Crew-3 undocking, which is scheduled for Could 4.

Docking! SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts attain ISS

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Freedom is seen docked at the space-facing port on the International Space Station's Harmony module after a smooth arrival with four Crew-4 astronauts aboard on April 27, 2022.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Freedom is seen docked on the space-facing port on the Worldwide House Station’s Concord module after a clean arrival with 4 Crew-4 astronauts aboard on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Crew-4 astronaut mission has arrived on the Worldwide House Station. 

The Crew-4 mission’s Crew Dragon Freedom docked on the house station’s Concord module at 7:37 p.m. EDT (2337 GMT), practically 40 minutes sooner than anticipated, as each spacecraft sailed 261 miles over the central Pacific Ocean. 

A sequence of hooks and latches will safe the Freedom capsule to the station whereas the Crew-4 astronauts put together to doff their SpaceX stress fits and enter the station. Hatch opening is predicted to happen at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT April 28). 

In  the meantime, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn contained in the house station will work to pressurize a vestibule between the 2 spacecraft. After some leak checks, the hatches between Freedom and the Worldwide House Station might be opened, ending the 15.5-hour journey to the station for the Crew-4 mission. 

The Crew-4 astronauts embrace commander Kjell Lindgren, pilot Bob Hines and mission specialist Jessica Watkins (all of NASA), in addition to mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti of the European House Company. They’re starting a six-month mission to the orbiting lab. 

Docking prior to anticipated

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After their profitable launch this morning (April 27), the astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission will dock with the Worldwide House Station sooner than anticipated. 

Operating forward of schedule, the crew’s Dragon capsule, named Freedom, will now dock with the orbiting lab at 7:30 p.m. EDT (1130 GMT) tonight.

“@NASA TV is offering stay protection of the @SpaceX #Crew4 mission to the house station. Dragon Freedom is at present forward of schedule for a docking at 7:30pm ET right now,” the Worldwide House Station Twitter account shared.

Crew-4 astronauts in orbit

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission settle into orbit after a profitable launch of the Crew Dragon Freedom from Florida on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission for NASA are efficiently in orbit and adapting to life in house. The astronauts are on a 16-hour journey to the Worldwide House Station.

Crew-4 is commanded by NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren with crewmate Bob Hines as pilot. NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins and European House Company astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are mission specialists for the flight.

The astronauts are anticipated to dock on the house station tonight at 8:15 p.m. EDT (0015 GMT on April 28), with hatch opening set for 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT). 

Landing: Crew-4 SpaceX Falcon 9 lands safely

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster for the Crew-4 astronaut mission stands atop a drone ship after a successful landing on April 27, 2022.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket first stage has efficiently landed on its drone ship within the Atlantic Ocean to finish its profitable launch of the Crew-4 astronauts. 

In the meantime, the Crew Dragon Freedom efficiently separated from its Falcon 9 higher stage to mark its arrival in orbit. It is nostril cone is deploying to clear its docking port for the arrival on the Worldwide House Station in 16 hours. 

Falcon 9 first stage reentry burn full

SpaceX’s Crew-4 Falcon 9 rocket booster has carried out an entry burn to sluggish itself for its return to Earth. 

A remaining touchdown burn is developing forward of touchdown, which is able to mark this booster’s fourth touchdown for SpaceX.

Liftoff! SpaceX launches Crew-4 astronauts to house station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Crew-4 astronaut mission for NASA on the new Crew Dragon Freedom from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before dawn on April 27, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Crew-4 astronaut mission for NASA on the brand new Crew Dragon Freedom from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida earlier than daybreak on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has launched towards orbit carrying the Crew-4 astronauts. 

The primary stage efficiently shut down and separated from the higher stage shortly after liftoff and is now returning to Earth for a touchdown. 

The higher stage continues on a nominal trajectory towards orbit. 

‘Let’s let Dragon roar and Freedom ring,’ astronauts say

SpaceX and the Crew-4 astronauts simply shared a remaining message earlier than right now’s launch.  You possibly can watch it launch stay right here.

“We’re honored to have you ever aboard Dragon capsule Freedom right now. It has been a privilege working collectively to organize for this launch to the Worldwide House Station,” SpaceX’s mission management radioed the crew. “We want you an important mission. Good luck, Godspeed. Time to let Freedom fly.”

“Copy, SpaceX. We might prefer to take this chance to thank our worldwide associate groups and households for attending to the brink of this wonderful alternative to launch to the Worldwide House Station,” Crew-4 commander Kjell Lindgren radioed again. “A heartfelt thanks to each one in all us that made this attainable. Now let’s let Dragon roar and Freedom ring.”

SpaceX now fueling 2nd stage of Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX’s fueling operations for the Crew-4 Falcon 9 rocket is constant, with the corporate now loading propellant into the second stage of the booster. 

In contrast to the Falcon 9’s first stage, which is able to return to Earth for a deliberate touchdown, the second stage is disposable and might be discarded after delivering the Crew Dragon Freedom into orbit. 

Fueling for each the primary and second phases ought to full at T-2 minutes to launch.

SpaceX fuels Falcon 9 rocket for Crew-4 launch

SpaceX has begun fueling the Falcon 9 rocket for right now’s Crew-4 astronaut launch to the Worldwide House Station. 

Fueling started on the T-34 minute mark as SpaceX started loading the Falcon 9 with the liquid oxygen and RP-1 rocket-grade kerosene for right now’s launch. 

SpaceX has activated the launch escape system on the Crew Dragon Freedom. That system is designed to make use of a set of eight SuperDraco engines to drag the capsule freed from its Falcon 9 booster if wanted within the case of a launch emergency. 

T-1 hour to launch for Crew-4 astronauts

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NASA astronauts Robert Hines, left, Kjell Lindgren, right, Jessica Watkins, back left, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they prepare to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronauts Robert Hines, left, Kjell Lindgren, proper, Jessica Watkins, again left, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, sporting SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they put together to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
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NASA astronaut Robert Hines waves to family and friends as he and crew mates NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronaut Robert Hines waves to household and mates as he and crew mates NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, sporting SpaceX spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
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NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren waves to family and friends as he and crew mates, NASA astronauts Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren waves to household and mates as he and crew mates, NASA astronauts Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, sporting SpaceX spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
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From right to left, NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they prepare to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

From proper to left, NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, sporting SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they put together to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
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NASA astronaut Robert Hines gestures to family and friends as he and crew mates NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronaut Robert Hines gestures to household and mates as he and crew mates NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, sporting SpaceX spacesuits, depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
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NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they prepare to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-4 mission launch, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

(Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

NASA and SpaceX are actually lower than one hour away from this morning’s launch of the Crew-4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station and all programs proceed to be inexperienced for an on-time liftoff at 3:52 a.m. EDT (0752 GMT) from Pad 39A on the Kennedy House Heart in Florida. 

Crew-4 astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Jessica Watkins (all of NASA) and European House Company astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are strapped inside their Crew Dragon Freedom awaiting launch. Climate, the spacecraft and its Falcon 9 rocket are all in fine condition for launch. 

Within the subsequent hour, SpaceX will proceed with remaining gasoline loading of the Falcon 9 rocket to gear up for the launch and 16-hour flight to the house station. 

NASA has launched some new photographs of the crew’s walkout to the launch pad earlier in right now’s countdown. Examine them out above. 

Dragon Freedom’s hatch closed forward of Crew-4 launch

Technicians closed the side hatch of the Crew-4 mission's Dragon, named Freedom, about an hour and 45 minutes before the mission's planned liftoff on April 27, 2022.

Technicians closed the aspect hatch of the Crew-4 mission’s Dragon, named Freedom, about an hour and 45 minutes earlier than the mission’s deliberate liftoff on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The aspect hatch of Freedom, the SpaceX Dragon capsule for Crew-4, was closed about an hour and 45 minutes earlier than the mission’s deliberate liftoff on April 27, 2022. Technicians then examined the seal across the hatch, to ensure it would not leak in house.

Crew-4 astronauts have entered their Dragon

The Crew-4 astronauts entered their Dragon capsule Freedom about 2 hours and 40 minutes before their planned liftoff on April 27, 2022.

The Crew-4 astronauts entered their Dragon capsule Freedom about 2 hours and 40 minutes earlier than their deliberate liftoff on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 Crew-4 astronauts entered their Dragon capsule, which they named Freedom, about 2 hours and 40 minutes earlier than their deliberate liftoff within the early morning hours of April 27, 2022. 

Crew-4 astronauts are on the launch pad

Crew-4 astronauts Jessica Watkins and Samantha Cristoforetti lean back to look up at their Falcon 9 rocket ride shortly after arriving at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on April 27, 2022.

Crew-4 astronauts Jessica Watkins and Samantha Cristoforetti lean again to lookup at their Falcon 9 rocket experience shortly after arriving at Kennedy House Heart’s Launch Pad 39A on April 27, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission have arrived at Kennedy House Heart’s Launch Pad 39A forward of their liftoff at 3:52 a.m. EDT (0752 GMT). All 4 paused to lookup at their Falcon 9 rocket experience earlier than stepping into the elevator that took them up the launch tower towards their Dragon capsule.

Stroll out full: Crew-4 astronauts are headed to the launch pad

The Crew-4 astronauts walk out of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at about 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) on April 27, 2022. They soon got into Teslas that drove them to KSC's Launch Pad 39A.

The Crew-4 astronauts stroll out of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart at about 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) on April 27, 2022. They quickly bought into Teslas that drove them to KSC’s Launch Pad 39A.  (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The Crew-4 astronauts on their strategy to the launch pad. The 4 spaceflyers walked out of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart (KSC) at about 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT). They headed exterior and, after saying goodbye to their family members, bought contained in the three Teslas that can drive them to KSC’s Launch Complicated 39A.

Climate 90% go for Crew-4 liftoff

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon atop is seen at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on April 26, 2022, ahead of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-4 launch.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon atop is seen at Kennedy House Heart’s Launch Complicated 39A on April 26, 2022, forward of the company’s SpaceX Crew-4 launch. (Picture credit score: NASA)

Forecasts point out a 90% likelihood of climate favorable sufficient to permit for the launch of SpaceX’s Crew-4 astronaut mission for NASA early Wednesday morning (April 27), company officers stated. The liftoff is scheduled to happen at 3:52 a.m. EDT (0752 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida.

“The first climate considerations are cumulus cloud and flight by means of precipitation guidelines,” NASA officers wrote in an replace late Tuesday evening (April 26). “Groups additionally proceed to watch the climate circumstances alongside in Crew Dragon’s flight path, which is predicted to be favorable for launch.”

SpaceX Crew-4 launch GO for April 27 liftoff

NASA and SpaceX have given the “go” to launch the Crew-4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station early Wednesday, April 27, at 3:52 a.m. EDT (0752 GMT). 

SpaceX and NASA signed off on the mission late Monday evening after a remaining flight readiness evaluate mission. 

NASA’s launch webcast will start tonight at 12 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT), main as much as the Crew-4 launch. You possibly can watch that stay on House.com, courtesy of NASA TV and SpaceX.

Crew-4 launch delayed to April 26 on the earliest

SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission to the Worldwide House Station will now launch no sooner than Tuesday (April 26), due to delays within the departure of the personal Ax-1 astronaut mission from the orbiting lab. Learn our full story.

Crew-4 static hearth take a look at

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule that will fly the Crew-4 astronaut mission stand on the pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on April 19, 2022.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule that can fly the Crew-4 astronaut mission stand on the pad at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart on April 19, 2022. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

The SpaceX Crew-4 mission accomplished the essential static hearth take a look at of its Falcon 9 rocket forward of the mission’s launch, which is deliberate for April 23, 2022, SpaceX revealed on Twitter right now (April 20). 

Throughout a static hearth take a look at, a rocket’s engines are ignited whereas it’s stationary, testing how the engines will carry out throughout launch previous to the precise launch itself. 

Crew-4 rolls out, accomplished gown rehearsal

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, as seen on April 20, 2022, sit on Pad 39A at NASA's KSC in Florida ahead of the SpaceX Crew-4 launch on April 23, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule, as seen on April 20, 2022, sit on Pad 39A at NASA’s KSC in Florida forward of the SpaceX Crew-4 launch on April 23, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

On April 23, 2022, SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission is ready to launch with a crew of 4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station. 

Yesterday (April 19), the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a brand new Crew Dragon capsule named Freedom atop had been rolled out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida forward of the launch. They’re now vertical on the pad, NASA revealed in a brand new weblog publish (opens in new tab).

Moreover, in a single day final evening, the Crew-4 astronauts performed a countdown gown rehearsal, going by means of the occasions anticipated for the launch day.

The crew, who’re set to spend roughly six months residing and dealing aboard the orbiting lab, consists of NASA astronauts and mission commander Kjell Lindgren, pilot Robert Hines and mission specialists Jessica Watkins and Samantha Cristoforetti (of the European House Company). 

This would be the second spaceflight for each Lindgren and Cristoforetti and the primary flight for Hines and Watkins, who would be the first Black girl to stay and work on the station.

Crew-3 watches a Russian spacewalk!

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Worldwide House Station commander and Crew-3 NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn shared an unimaginable view of the solar setting on Earth behind two cosmonauts on a spacewalk.

Yesterday (April 18), Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev carried out a spacewalk to put in a management panel for a brand new European robotic arm on the orbiting lab. As Marshburn’s picture exhibits, the astronauts contained in the station had been in a position to see the cosmonauts as they labored. 

“Yesterday there was a spacewalk simply exterior our window! Crewmates Oleg and Denis proceed so as to add enhancements to their MLM module because the solar units behind them,” Marshburn tweeted (opens in new tab).

Crew-3 astronauts be a part of Expedition 66 on ISS

The newly combined seven-person crew made up of the core Expedition 66 crew and SpaceX's Crew-3 astronauts wave after a welcome ceremony on the International Space Station on Nov. 11, 2021.

The newly mixed seven-person crew made up of the core Expedition 66 crew and SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts wave after a welcome ceremony on the Worldwide House Station on Nov. 11, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

After a quick welcome ceremony, by which the Crew-3 astronauts spoke with NASA and European House Company leaders, the 4 members of SpaceX’s newest crewed spaceflight for NASA are settling into their new dwelling in orbit. 

Crew-3 commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn and mission specialists Kayla Barron (all of NASA) and the European House Company’s Matthias Maurer joined NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov to finish the station’s Expedition 66 crew. 

The astronauts are starting a six-month mission to the house station that started with a profitable launch from Florida’s Kennedy House Heart on Wednesday evening. 

With Crew-3 efficiently on the Worldwide House Station, this can conclude our protection of the mission’s launch and docking. We’ll resume through the subsequent Crew Dragon milestone for SpaceX. 

Thanks for becoming a member of us and preserve wanting up!

The crew is contained in the house station

The Crew-3 astronauts are pictured inside the International Space Station after docking on Nov. 11, 2021.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The Crew-3 astronauts are actually contained in the Worldwide House Station after opening the hatch to the Crew Dragon at 8:25 p.m. EST (0025 GMT). A welcome ceremony will start on NASA TV at 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT) with feedback from the crew.

Crew Dragon Endurance secured to house station

The crew of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission on Crew Dragon Endurance have fun their profitable docking on the Worldwide House Station on Nov. 11, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Crew-3 Dragon spacecraft Endurance has secured itself to the Worldwide House Station, marking an finish of right now’s profitable docking. 

“Glad to be at ISS,” Crew-3 commander Raja Chari radioed to SpaceX and NASA mission controls. 

The astronauts clasped palms in a mini-celebration to mark their arrivals, a second captured stay on NASA TV. 

The hatches between Crew Dragon Endurance and the house station are scheduled to open at 8:10 p.m. EST (0110 GMT) after a sequence of leak checks and pressurization actions. 

At 8:45 p.m. EST (0145 GMT), all seven astronauts on the station (4 from Crew-3 and three Expedition 66 crew) will take part a welcome ceremony on NASA TV. 

You possibly can watch all of that house motion within the NASA TV feed on the high of this web page.

Smooth seize full

The Dragon accomplished a “comfortable seize” at 6:32 p.m. EST (2332 GMT), making its first  contact with the Worldwide House Station because it orbited 263 miles (423 kilometers) above the Jap Caribbean. Arduous seize might be accomplished as soon as the 12 hooks that maintain the Dragon in place have been secured.

Crew Dragon approaching the station

A view of SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endurance approaching the International Space Station, on Nov. 11, 2021.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance is now lower than 10 minutes away from docking with the Worldwide House Station. The spacecraft has simply arrived at “waypoint 2,” roughly 20 meters (66 ft) from its docking port. A remaining “go/no go” name for the docking maneuver is predicted at any second. 

Dragon “go” for docking

SpaceX and NASA have given the Crew Dragon Endurance the official “go” for docking, and the Crew-3 mission is on observe to dock with the Worldwide House Station at 6:33 p.m. EST (2333 GMT). The crew has slipped again into their flight fits and are preparing for his or her arrival on the orbiting lab. 

Crew-3 astronauts beam stay views from house

The astronauts on SpaceX’s Crew-3 Dragon Endurance simply held a brief 5-minute video name from house to indicate off their crew capsule. You possibly can watch it right here. 

The astronauts confirmed off some zero-g video games, like tossing meals round, spinning in weightlessness and extra to offer an thought of what life is like aboard Dragon. 

They’ll see the the Worldwide House Station exterior their window as they shut in for docking tonight.

New docking time for Crew-3

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance is forward of schedule and can now attain the Worldwide House Station with its Crew-3 astronauts at 6:33 p.m. EDT (2333 GMT), 40 minutes sooner than deliberate, NASA officers have stated. 

It is Docking Day for Crew-3

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts are awake and gearing up for his or her docking day in orbit aboard their Crew Dragon Endurance. 

The astronauts awoke at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) and requested to carry a second of silence to honor the service and sacrifice of army service veterans for the Veterans  Day vacation in the US. Crew-3 commander requested flight management

“Thanks on behalf of Endurance and SpaceX and NASA, and actually the world, to all of the veterans who give us the power to do that every day,” Crew-3 commander Raja Chari of NASA, who joined NASA in 2017 as a U.S. Air Drive Colonel choose. 

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts chasing house station

It is docking day for the astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission for NASA and they’ll start their first full day in orbit with a wakeup name at  2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) as they put together to reach on the station later tonight. 

The Crew-3 astronauts went to sleep at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) to finish their launch day after final evening’s profitable liftoff, however not earlier than recording a video tour of their brand-new Crew Dragon Endurance. You possibly can see that video within the window right here or straight right here. 

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts headed to house station

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer onboard, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the corporate’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the Worldwide House Station with NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Matthias Maurer onboard, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer onboard, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the corporate’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the Worldwide House Station with NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Matthias Maurer onboard, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first stage used to launch NASA's Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station stands atop its drone ship landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean after a successful launch on Nov. 10, 2021.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first stage used to launch NASA’s Crew-3 mission to the Worldwide House Station stands atop its drone ship touchdown platform within the Atlantic Ocean after a profitable launch on Nov. 10, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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SpaceX's Crew-3 astronauts are seen inside their Crew Dragon Endurance ahead of a planned launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A on Nov. 10, 2021.

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts are seen inside their Crew Dragon Endurance forward of a deliberate launch from NASA’s Kennedy House Heart Pad 39A on Nov. 10, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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SpaceX's Crew-3 astronauts wave to family and friends as the walk out of NASA's Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to head to the launch pad for their Nov. 10, 2021 launch to the International Space Station.

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts wave to household and mates because the stroll out of NASA’s Operations and Checkout Constructing on the Kennedy House Heart in Florida to move to the launch pad for his or her Nov. 10, 2021 launch to the Worldwide House Station. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, left, and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, second from left, Raja Chari, second from right, and Kayla Barron, right, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they prepare to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-3 mission launch, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer, left, and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, second from left, Raja Chari, second from proper, and Kayla Barron, proper, sporting SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they put together to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-3 mission launch, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)
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NASA astronaut Raja Chari, wearing a SpaceX spacesuit, points towards friends and family as he prepares to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-3 mission launch, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronaut Raja Chari, sporting a SpaceX spacesuit, factors in the direction of family and friends as he prepares to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-3 mission launch, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)
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NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, wearing a SpaceX spacesuit, gives a thumbs up as he prepares to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-3 mission launch, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, sporting a SpaceX spacesuit, provides a thumbs up as he prepares to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing for Launch Complicated 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-3 mission launch, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen at sunset on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Crew-3 mission, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the corporate’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen at sundown on the launch pad at Launch Complicated 39A as preparations proceed for the Crew-3 mission, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

The astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission are doing effectively and settling in to their 22-hour cruise to the Worldwide House Station, NASA officers stated in a postlaunch convention.  You possibly can learn our full launch wrap right here:

SpaceX launches Crew-3 astronauts to house station for NASA in nighttime liftoff

The astronauts have doffed their spacesuits and can share a meal in house as they put together to reach on the house station Thursday evening (Nov. 11). Docking is ready for 7:10 p.m. EST (0010 GMT on Nov. 12). 

The astronauts will fall asleep for the evening at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) on Thursday to relaxation up for the docking. They’ll get up at about 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT). 

Within the meantime, SpaceX is guiding the Crew Dragon Endeavour by means of a sequence of engine burns to match course with the station. Earlier this night, the spacecraft opened its nosecone that covers its docking port. 

Try some images from tonight’s launch above and if you would like extra, see our full SpaceX Crew-2 mission picture gallery (opens in new tab).

NASA post-launch press convention developing

NASA will maintain a post-launch press convention quickly and you’ll hearken to it stay within the window above. 

Within the meantime, the Crew-3 astronauts have been given the go-ahead to get out of their SpaceX spacesuits to settle into the 22-hour cruise to the Worldwide House Station. They’re attributable to arrive on the station tomorrow night. 

Tonight’s post-launch press convention is slated to start at 10 p.m. EST (0300 GMT) and can function the next audio system:

Kathryn Lueders, affiliate administrator, House Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

Steve Stich, supervisor, Industrial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson House Heart in Houston

Joel Montalbano, supervisor, Worldwide House Station Program, NASA Johnson

Frank de Winne, program supervisor, Worldwide House Station, ESA

Crew Dragon Endurance in orbit, 1st stage touchdown

Spacecraft Separation! The Crew Dragon Endurance has separated from its Falcon 9 higher stage and is formally in orbit. 

“Thanks for the good experience, it was higher than we imagined,”Crew-3 commander Raja Chari of NASA tells launch management.

T+7 minutes: All goes effectively with the mission

Now previous the 7 minute mark into right now’s launch, all goes effectively. 

The primary stage has begun its entry burn.

Stage Separation for Crew-3

MECO and Stage Separation: The first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has separated and is headed again to Earth. The 2nd stage has ignited and is powering the Crew-3 astronauts to orbit.

LIFTOFF! SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts launch towards ISS

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches four astronauts to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Station in Florida on the Crew-3 mission on Nov. 10, 2021.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station from NASA’s Kennedy House Station in Florida on the Crew-3 mission on Nov. 10, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches four astronauts to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Station in Florida on the Crew-3 mission on Nov. 10, 2021.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station from NASA’s Kennedy House Station in Florida on the Crew-3 mission on Nov. 10, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Liftoff! SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has launched off Pad 39A to hold the Crew-3 mission to the Worldwide House Station for NASA. 

That is the primary flight for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance, the most recent crew capsule of the corporate’s fleet. It’s the second flight for the Falcon 9 first stage. 

Minutes to SpaceX Crew-3 launch

SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission is within the remaining minutes earlier than launch. Flight controllers have the crew a remaining GO as the top of fueling nears. Liftoff is at 9:03 p.m. EST

“Typically if you attempt to fly on Halloween you get a trick as an alternative of a deal with, however we’ll be proud to be flying on Dragon on Veterans Day,” Crew-3 commander Raja Chari radioed flight controllers. The mission was initially scheduled to launch on Oct. 31 and delayed by climate and a crew medical concern. They’re going to be in orbit on Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.

Fueling begins for Crew-3 launch

SpaceX has begun fueling the Falcon 9 rocket with its rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen propellant. This late-fueling course of ought to take a few half an hour and high off just some minutes earlier than liftoff. 

Crew Entry Arm retracted, escape system armed

SpaceX has retracted the Crew Entry Arm away from the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew-3 Dragon Endurance and armed its launch escape system for right now’s launch. 

The escape system consists of highly effective SuperDraco thrusters which are designed to drag the Crew Dragon Endurance away from its Falcon 9 rocket within the occasion of a launch emergency. It is generally known as pusher system because it pushes the capsule away from its booster, moderately than pulling it away just like the escape towers on Russia’s Soyuz rockets. 

T-1 hour to SpaceX Crew-3 launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endurance stand ready to launch the Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 10, 2021.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX is now 1 hour to launch for tonight’s Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA. 

SpaceX simply radioed the 4 Crew-3 astronauts that the mission is “go for launch.” 

Over the following hour, SpaceX’s closeout crew will retreat to a secure distance from the launch pad whereas the crew entry arm is retraced away from its Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX will start loading propellant into the Falcon 9 rocket at 8:28 p.m. EST, a course of that ought to take a few half hour. 

Liftoff is on observe for 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT). 

Climate is GO for SpaceX Crew-3 launch

SpaceX flight controller report that climate circumstances have cleared up for tonight’s Crew-3 launch. The rain at NASA’s Pad 39A seen earlier has handed and the climate is once more clear for tonight’s launch at 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT). 

SpaceX’s closeout crew has accomplished its work on the closed hatch of the Dragon capsule, with simply over an hour earlier than for launch.

SpaceX Dragon hatch closed for launch

Now just below 2 hours to launch, the hatch to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance has been closed, sealing the 4 astronauts inside for tonight’s launch. Liftoff is on observe for 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT). 

A sequence of leak checks are underway to make sure seal for the Dragon hatch. 

At the moment, climate is No Go for tonight’s launch attributable to rain. That climate ought to clear up in time for launch, SpaceX says.

Crew-3 Dragon astronauts in launch place

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts are seen inside their Crew Dragon Endurance forward of a deliberate launch from NASA’s Kennedy House Heart Pad 39A on Nov. 10, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 Crew-3 Dragon astronauts are strapped into their seats aboard the Endurance spacecraft for tonight’s SpaceX launch to the Worldwide House Station at 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT). 

SpaceX’s Dragon seats rotate into launch place after crew ingress to make sure they’re within the correct place for flight. Every of the astronauts carried out a sequence of communications checks to make sure they’ll hear SpaceX launch controllers and have a pill to make use of as they examine programs for launch.

Crew-3 astronauts enter Crew Dragon Endurance

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut Matthias Maurer of the European House Company waves as he and NASA astronaut Kayla Barron stroll throughout the gantry to board their Crew Dragon Endurance. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The Crew-3 astronauts are boarding their Crew Dragon Endurance for SpaceX’s launch tonight. 

NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn are already inside whereas crewmates Kayla Barron and Matthias Maurer had been subsequent after a brief wait inside a White Room exterior the capsule hatch. 

For SpaceX launches, astronauts signal the wall of the White Room as a convention earlier than launch.

Crew-3 astronauts arrive at launch pad

The Crew-3 astronauts have reached the launch pad of their NASA-themed Teslas (they’ve NASA’s worm brand on the aspect). 

The 4 astronauts will take a second to understand the view of their rocket on the pad and publish for images earlier than taking the elevator as much as SpaceX’s closeout room and board their Crew Dragon Endurance. 

Tonight’s launch stays on observe for 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT).

Crew-3 astronauts head to launch pad

The 4 Crew-3 astronauts are headed to NASA’s Pad 39A of their Tesla transports for the 20-minute drive to their Falcon 9 rocket. 

The astronauts are driving in two Teslas, two per automobile, and are anticipated to hearken to customized music playlists for the brief journey to the launch pad. 

All programs look like working effectively on their Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endurance for tonight’s launch at 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT).  

Crew-3 astronauts stroll out to Teslas

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts wave to household and mates because the stroll out of NASA’s Operations and Checkout Constructing on the Kennedy House Heart in Florida to move to the launch pad for his or her Nov. 10, 2021 launch to the Worldwide House Station. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The Crew-3 astronauts have accomplished their swimsuit up and are strolling out to a fleet of Tesla electrical automobiles that can transport them to NASA’s Pad 39A on the Kennedy House Heart the place they may board their Crew Dragon Endurance. 

It is a bit wet on the spaceport proper now, with media and crew family and friends wielding umbrellas on NASA’s webcast. 

Onlookers awaiting SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts.  (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Crew-3 astronauts swimsuit up for launch

The Crew-3 astronauts launching on SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endurance suit up for their launch to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 10, 2021.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission for NASA are within the Operations and Checkout Constructing suiting up for launch. 

NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company Matthias Maurer have donned their SpaceX launch fits for right now’s liftoff, which is on observe for 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT). 

SpaceX Crew-3 Launch Webcast Begins

NASA’s webcast for tonight’s SpaceX Crew-3 launch is formally underway, with launch set for 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT). Climate is at present 70% GO for the launch, NASA officers say. 

The launch will ship ASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer to the house station on a six-month journey to the Worldwide House Station. 

You possibly can watch the webcast stay above, courtesy of NASA TV.

SpaceX, NASA ‘go’ for Crew-3 astronaut launch

SpaceX and NASA are “go” to launch the Crew-3 astronaut mission to the Worldwide House Station, mission officers introduced late tonight. 

The choice clears the best way for SpaceX to launch 4 astronauts on a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule at 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT Nov. 11) from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. 

There’s an 80% likelihood of fine climate at launch time, in keeping with a forecast from House Launch Delta 45 on the Cape Canaveral House Drive Station close to NASA’s KSC spaceport. 

The Crew-3 mission will launch NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer to the house station on a six-month expedition. Their launch comes two days after the splashdown of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission for NASA. 

On that Crew-2 flight, one of many parachutes on its Crew Dragon capsule was sluggish to inflate, nevertheless it was inside tolerances (the Dragon capsule can land with solely three parachutes, and did totally inflate earlier than splashdown. The prevalence posed no concern for the Crew-3 launch, officers stated. 

About 6 hours earlier than the Crew-3 launch, the Worldwide House Station should hearth its thrusters to dodge house particles leftover from a defunct Chinese language satellite tv for pc, however might be full in time for launch, NASA officers stated.

Replace: SpaceX, NASA Briefing now at 11 pm ET

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Replace: The convention is starting now. You possibly can hear stay above and at this NASA hyperlink.

NASA and SpaceX are actually focusing on 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT) for tonight’s prelaunch briefing for the Crew-3 mission. 

Whereas we anticipate NASA and SpaceX to begin their Crew-3 prelaunch briefing, take a look at this good view of the moon, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn with the mission’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endurance.

New time for SpaceX, NASA Crew-3 briefing

NASA and SpaceX will now maintain their prelaunch Crew-3 press convention, which is now a teleconference, at 10:30 p.m. EST (0330 GMT Nov. 10) as they talk about plans to launch the four-astronaut mission on Wednesday evening. You can observe the briefing within the livestream on the high of this web page. 

Liftoff is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT Nov. 11)

NASA, SpaceX to speak Crew-3 astronaut launch plans

NASA and SpaceX will maintain a prelaunch press convention tonight, Nov. 9, at 9:30 p.m. EST (0230 GMT Nov. 10) to debate plans to launch a brand new four-astronaut crew to the Worldwide House Station. You possibly can watch it stay right here at begin time within the video feed above.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Crew-3 mission for NASA on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 9:03 p.m. EST (0203 GMT Nov. 11) after days of greater than every week of delays attributable to dangerous climate and a crewmember’s undisclosed medical concern. 

Crew-3 will launch NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer on a six-month mission to the house station. Chari, Barron and Maurer are making their first journeys to house, whereas Marshburn is a veteran. 

Crew-2 astronauts exit Crew Dragon Endeavour

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The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a successful splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021.

The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a profitable splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a successful splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021.

The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a profitable splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a successful splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021.

The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a profitable splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a successful splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021.

The Crew-2 astronauts are extracted from their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after a profitable splashdown on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts have exited their Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule after tonight’s profitable splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico.  

SpaceX Dragon capsule with Crew-2 astronauts splashes down in Gulf of Mexico

SpaceX restoration groups helped the astronauts from the capsule one after the other. Crew-2 pilot Megan McArthur was first and adopted by Crew-2 commander Shane Kimbrough. Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Akihiko Hoshide was subsequent, with European House Company Thomas Pesquet rounding out the crew. 

That might be a wrap for our SpaceX Crew-2 splashdown protection. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, we’ll shift to the upcoming Crew-3 launch for NASA on Nov. 10.

Dragon hatch opened for crew extraction

The four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-2 mission for NASA wave to a camera as they prepare to exit the capsule after a successful splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at night on Nov. 8, 2021.

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission for NASA wave to a digital camera as they put together to exit the capsule after a profitable splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at evening on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s restoration groups have opened the aspect hatch of the Crew Dragon Endeavour and are working to extract the 4 astronauts inside to finish their return to Earth. 

SpaceX restoration crew retrieves Crew Dragon

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour is recovered by the restoration ship GO Navigator after a profitable splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s restoration ship GO Navigator has retrieved the Crew Dragon Endeavour from the ocean and positioned it on a “Dragon Nest” so it may be opened contained in the ship and its crew extracted.

Splashdown! Crew-2 again on Earth

SpaceX's Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour bobs in the Gulf of Mexico after a successful splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida in this thermal image captured on Nov. 8, 2021.

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour bobs within the Gulf of Mexico after a profitable splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida on this thermal picture captured on Nov. 8, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour efficiently splashed down within the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 10:33 p.m. EST (0333 GMT on Nov. 9) after a clean descent and touchdown. 

“It is good be be again on planet Earth,” NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough says as Crew-2’s Dragon Endeavour splashes down.

SpaceX’s restoration groups have already reached the bobbing capsule in quick boats to safeguard the capsule and put together it for retrieval by SpaceX’s GO Navigator restoration ship. As we speak’s splashdown marks the second profitable flight of the Dragon Endeavour.

SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon noticed by restoration groups

SpaceX's Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour streaks through the night sky over the Gulf of Mexico as it returned to Earth for a splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida on Nov. 8, 2021.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour has been sighted because it descended again to Earth throughout right now’s reentry and splashdown. The spacecraft has deployed its foremost parachutes. 

SpaceX Crew Dragon enters Earth ambiance

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour is now reentering the higher ambiance and has entered a 7-minute communications blackout because it plunges to Earth and experiences superhot temperatures on its descent.

Deorbit burn full, nosecone closure underneath approach

SpaceX stories the deorbit burn for the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour is full and went as anticipated. SpaceX flight controllers have despatched the command to shut the Dragon’s nosecone for reentry.

Crew-2 deorbit burn underway

The deorbit burn is underway for tonight’s Crew-2 splashdown again to Earth. The burn started at 9:39 p.m. EST and can final 16.5 minutes. Splashdown is ready for 10:33 p.m. EST (0333 GMT) within the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. 

At 9:59 p.m. EST (0259 GMT), the Crew Dragon Endeavour ought to shut its open nostril cone, which is able to cowl the higher hatch of the capsule for reentry.

Endeavour’s base is roofed with a protecting warmth defend of tiles to push back the searing warmth of reentry. It is going to use parachutes to sluggish its descent throughout splashdown. 

Crew Dragon Jettisons Trunk

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour has jettisoned its “trunk,” the cylindrical service module on the base of the spacecraft, exposing its warmth defend and releasing the crew capsule for its reentry into Earth’s ambiance. 

The trunk part consists of the photo voltaic arrays and different programs important for the Crew Dragon’s time in orbit. It might probably additionally carry provides or exterior {hardware} for the house station.

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts put together for deorbit

The 4 Crew-2 astronauts are making ready to fireside their Crew Dragon Endeavour’s thrusters in a 16.5-minute burn to depart orbit for tonight’s reentry and splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico close to Florida. 

The astronauts are of their SpaceX spacesuits and strapped in for the descent. The deorbit burn will start at 9:39 p.m. EST (0239 GMT) and can finish at 9:55 p.m. EST (0255 GMT). 

SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon departs house station

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour is en route again to Earth after flying across the Worldwide House Station and performing a departure burn to move again to Earth. 

Dragon is performing a sequence of thruster burns to information itself again to Earth for a splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 10:33 p.m. EST (0333 Nov. 9 GMT)

A deorbit burn is scheduled for 9:39:27 p.m. EST to set the stage for touchdown.  

SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon flying round house station

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour is within the midst of a flyaround maneuver across the Worldwide House Station after right now’s profitable undocking. 

Pilot Megan McArthur is overseeing the flyaround, which has accomplished two of 4 thruster burns as Endeavour loops across the station. The maneuver will take 90 minutes to circle the station whereas different Crew-2 astronauts {photograph} the station from the capsule. 

The house station could have accomplished practically a complete orbit of Earth because the Dragon Endeavour loops across the outpost. 

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts undock from house station

SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronauts have undocked their Crew Dragon Endeavour from the Worldwide House Station are making ready to fly across the house station earlier than departing for his or her return to Earth. 

Undocking occurred on time at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT) as Endeavour and the station flew 259 miles above Chile. The house station flyaround maneuver will final about an hour and a half.

Tonight’s splashdown stays on track at 10:33 p.m. EST (0333 GMT). 

NASA Crew-2 undocking protection begins

NASA’s undocking protection for SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission has begun. 

As we speak’s undocking is ready for two:05 pm EST (1905 GMT) and might be adopted by a first-of-its-kind Dragon flyaround of the Worldwide House Station.

Crew-2 closes hatches between Dragon, ISS

The hatch between SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour and Worldwide House Station is formally closed, with hatch closure coming at about 12:12 p.m. EST (1712 GMT). 

The Crew-2 astronauts shut the Dragon hatch, and astronauts on the Worldwide House Station are making ready to close their aspect’s hatch to finish right now’s prep work for undocking later right now.

A correction to our earlier publish: Whereas Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur are of their SpaceX stress fits for undocking, their crewmates Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet haven’t but placed on their fits. They’re doing so now. 

As soon as the house station hatch is closed, a sequence of leak checks will ensue earlier than right now’s undocking at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT). NASA’s undocking webcast will start at 1:45 p.m. EST (1845 GMT).

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts put together Dragon for undocking

NASA’s webcast is underway for right now’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocking and the mission’s 4 astronauts are configuring their spacecraft for its return to Earth right now. 

Crew-2 commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur are of their seats configuring the spacecraft for departure whereas crewmates Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet additionally put together for departure. All 4 astronauts  have donned their SpaceX spacesuits for the undocking. 

As we speak’s undocking is scheduled for two:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT), with splashdown set for 10:33 p.m. EST (0333 GMT) off the coast of Florida, close to Pensacola.

It is Touchdown Day for SpaceX’s Crew-2

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour (bottom center) and a visiting uncrewed Cargo Dragon supply ship (foreground), are seen docked at the International Space Station's Harmony module in September 2021.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour (backside heart) and a visiting uncrewed Cargo Dragon provide ship (foreground), are seen docked on the Worldwide House Station’s Concord module in September 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA)

It is touchdown day for House’s Crew Dragon Endeavor. 

The Dragon spacecraft will return to Earth right now (opens in new tab) with the 4 astronauts of NASA’s Crew-2 mission to the Worldwide House Station after delays attributable to dangerous climate at their Florida coast splashdown web site. Returning to Earth are NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Their Dragon capsule will undock from the house station at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT) and splashdown off a Florida coast at 10:33 p.m. EST (0333 GMT). Earlier than undocking, the astronauts will bid farewell to their Expedition 66 crewmates on the house station in an hatch closure ceremony set for 12:40 p.m. EST (1740 GMT)

You possibly can watch all of it occur stay on-line. NASA’s hatch closure webcast will start at 11:45 a.m. EST (1645 GMT) and resume for undocking at 1:45 p.m. EST (1845 GMT) and proceed by means of splashdown.

SpaceX Crew-2 undocking and touchdown delayed

The 4 astronauts of NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission pose inside their Crew Dragon Endeavour earlier than leaving the Worldwide House Station. They’re: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (entrance left); NASA astronaut Megan McArthur (again left); NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough (again proper); and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. (Picture credit score: ESA/Thomas Pesquet by way of Twitter)

SpaceX and NASA have postponed the undocking and splashdown of their Crew-2 astronauts on the Worldwide House Station by in the future attributable to dangerous climate at their splashdown websites. You possibly can learn our full report right here (opens in new tab).

The Crew-2 astroanuts will now undock their Crew Dragon Endeavour from the house station on Monday, Nov. 8, at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT) and splash down that evening at 10:33 p.m. EST (0433 GMT) off the Florida coast. NASA and SpaceX will decide a main and backup splashdown web site as they get nearer to the precise occasion to think about climate circumstances.

In fact, you’ll watch the undocking and splashdown occasions stay right here at begin time. NASA’s webcasts start Monday at 11:45 a.m. EST (1645 GFMT). This is a rundown of the webcast schedule, courtesy of NASA:

Monday, Nov. 8

11:45 a.m. EST– Protection begins for 12:40 p.m. hatch closure

1:45 p.m. EST– Protection begins for two:05 p.m. undocking (NASA will present steady protection from undocking to splashdown)

10:33 p.m. EST– Splashdown

NASA Crew-2 Touchdown Press Convention

NASA will maintain a touchdown pre-landing press convention for SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronauts and you’ll hear stay within the window on the high of this web page. The teleconference will start at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT) and can preview NASA and SpaceX plans to undock the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour from the Worldwide House Station on Sunday, Nov. 7, and return its crew to Earth early Monday morning. 

“NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission now could be focusing on a return to Earth no sooner than 7:14 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 8, with a splashdown off the coast of Florida,” NASA wrote in an announcement. “The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour, is scheduled to undock from the Worldwide House Station at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, to start the journey dwelling.”

House station modifications command for Crew-2 touchdown

The astronauts of Expedition 66 on the International Space Station wave after a change of command ceremony handed control of the station from ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (left) to Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov on Nov. 6, 2021 ahead of SpaceX's Crew-2 Dragon departure.

The astronauts of Expedition 66 on the Worldwide House Station wave after a change of command ceremony handed management of the station from ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (left) to Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov on Nov. 6, 2021 forward of SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon departure.  (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The Worldwide House Station formally has a brand new commander as European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet handed management of the station over to Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov right now as Pesquet and his fellow Crew-2 crewmates put together to depart the station on Sunday. 

Pesquet handed command of the Station’s Expedition 66 crew to Shkaplerov in a Change of Command ceremony broadcast stay on NASA TV at 1:35 p.m. EDT (1735 GMT). 

Pesquet, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will undock their SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour from the station on Sunday and return to Earth with a splashdown of the Florida coast early Monday morning. 

Later right now, at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT), NASA and its companions at JAXA and ESA will maintain a remaining pre-landing press teleconference to debate touchdown choices for the Crew-2 astronauts. You possibly can pay attention to that press convention stay within the window on the high of this web page. 

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts to land Sunday

The 4 astronauts of NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission pose with their launch and entry fits as they wrap up a six-month mission to the Worldwide House Station. They’re: (from left) Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of European House Company. (Picture credit score: ESA/Thomas Pesquet by way of Twitter)

SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronaut mission will undock from the Worldwide House Station on Sunday (Nov. 7) to return to Earth early Monday and you’ll watch all of it stay right here, courtesy of NASA TV.

NASA’s webcasts start Saturday, Nov. 6, with a change of command ceremony on the station at 1:35 p.m. EDT (1735 GMT) adopted by a pre-landing press teleconference at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT). The Crew-2 astronauts are wrapping up a six-month mission to the house station. They embrace NASA astronauts Shan Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company and Thomas Pesquet of the European House Company.

On Sunday, NASA’s undocking protection will start at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) with a hatch closure ceremony on the station by which the hatches between the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour and house station might be closed for departure.

Undocking is ready for 1:05 p.m. EDT (1705 GMT) and NASA will webcast it stay beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT).

NASA will then livestream steady protection of the Crew-2 mission’s return to Earth by means of splashdown, which is able to happen on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT) off the coast of Florida. A remaining splashdown goal might be chosen nearer to touchdown. 

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts meet the press right now

The Crew-2 astronaut on the Worldwide House Station. From left to proper they’re: Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough. (Picture credit score: ESA/NASA–T. Pesquet)

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission to the Worldwide House Station will meet the press right now at 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT) and you’ll watch it stay right here, courtesy of NASA TV. The occasion will air stay within the window on the high of this web page.

The Crew-2 astronauts will converse to the media from their dwelling on the house station forward of their deliberate return to Earth, which might happen as early as Sunday, Nov. 7. NASA and SpaceX haven’t but finalized their return to Earth after delays launching their reduction crew Crew-3.

The Crew-2 astronauts are NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, European House Company Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

Crew-3 launch delayed as NASA eyes Crew-2 touchdown

NASA has introduced it can launch the Crew-3 mission no sooner than Monday (Nov. 8). The delay comes because the company continues to watch a minor medical concern affecting a crewmember and in response to poor climate forecasts for the Florida launch area over this weekend, in keeping with a NASA assertion.

The company remains to be evaluating when to carry the Crew-2 mission again to Earth however is focusing on no sooner than Sunday (Nov. 7) for the splashdown of 4 astronauts who’ve been in house since April.

If Crew-2 departs the Worldwide House Station earlier than Crew-3 arrives, NASA could have just one astronaut at work on the orbiting laboratory, Mark Vande Hei, who arrived on a Russian Soyuz car and can stay in house till subsequent spring.

Crew-3 launch delayed to Nov. 6

NASA and SpaceX have delayed the launch of the Crew-3 mission to the Worldwide House Station from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, citing a minor medical concern with one of many crewmembers. 

Liftoff is now scheduled for no sooner than Saturday (Nov. 6) at 11:36 p.m. EDT (0336 Nov. 7 GMT), NASA officers stated in an announcement (opens in new tab). (NASA has not but launched an up to date schedule of prelaunch actions that might be accessible to look at stay on NASA TV.)

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SpaceX, NASA delay Crew-3 launch

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance is seen with the moon because it awaits a Nov. 3, 2021 launch from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

SpaceX and NASA have postponed the deliberate Halloween launch of their Crew-3 astronaut mission to the Worldwide House Station attributable to dangerous climate close to its launch web site. 

In an announcement early this morning, NASA introduced the Crew-3 mission will now launch on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Liftoff is scheduled for 1:10 a.m. EDT (0510 GMT).

The delay is “attributable to a big storm system meandering throughout the Ohio Valley and thru northeastern United States this weekend, elevating winds and waves within the Atlantic Ocean alongside the Crew Dragon flight path for the Oct. 31 launch try,” NASA officers wrote in an announcement. 

NASA’s launch protection will now start on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 8:45 p.m. EDT (0045 GMT).

NASA, SpaceX to speak Crew-3 mission launch plan

The astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission pose for a portrait of their spacesuits throughout a coaching session. From left are: NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Thomas Marshburn, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Matthias Maurer. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

Replace 2: NASA stories its Launch Readiness Assessment assembly has concluded. The press briefing ought to start shortly.

Replace: NASA and SpaceX’s Launch Readiness Assessment briefing is a teleconference and won’t be broadcast on NASA TV. It is going to now start no sooner than 11:15 p.m. EDT (0315 GMT)


NASA and SpaceX will maintain a press convention tonight, Oct. 29, at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT) to debate plans to launch 4 new astronauts to the Worldwide House Station on Halloween.

The press convention at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Cape Caneveral, Florida will current outcomes from a Launch Readiness Assessment assembly for SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission, which is able to launch a brand new crew to hitch the seven Expedition 66 astronauts at present aboard the station.

NASA Chief to speak SpaceX Crew-3 launch

The Crew-3 astronauts pose for a group photo inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. They are: (from left) ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, mission specialist; NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, pilot; Raja Chari, commander; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist.

The Crew-3 astronauts pose for a bunch picture inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. They’re: (from left) ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, mission specialist; NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, pilot; Raja Chari, commander; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA is 2 days away from its Oct. 31 launch and NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson will maintain a press convention right now to debate the mission.

Nelson will discuss at 12 pm ET and you’ll watch the press briefing stay within the window on the high of this web page. 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 4 astronauts on the Crew-3 mission to the Worldwide House Station on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT). The crew consists of NASA astronauts Raja Chari, commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; Kayla Barron, mission specialist; and European House Company astronaut Mattias Maurer, mission specialist.

Talking in right now’s briefing might be: 

  • Invoice Nelson, NASA administrator
  • Bob Cabana, NASA affiliate administrator
  • Kathryn Lueders, affiliate administrator, House Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Janet Petro, director, NASA’s Kennedy House Heart
  • Woody Hoburg, NASA astronaut

NASA to debate science on SpaceX Crew-3 launch

NASA will maintain a press convention at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) right now to debate the science driving to the Worldwide House Station on the SpaceX Crew-3 mission. 

You possibly can watch that press convention within the stay video feed on the high of this web page. 

This is a style of what is on board (opens in new tab) from NASA’s announcement.

SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 for Crew 3 launch

(Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

SpaceX efficiently take a look at fired the Falcon 9 rocket for its Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA right now (Oct. 28), clearing the best way for a deliberate Halloween launch to the Worldwide House Station. 

The Falcon 9 rocket, which has flown as soon as earlier than on the uncrewed CRS-22 cargo mission for NASA, fired up is 9 first-stage Merlin engines for a quick static-fire take a look at atop Launch Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. 

“Static hearth take a look at of Falcon 9 full – focusing on Sunday, October 31 at 2:21 a.m. EDT for launch of Dragon’s fifth human spaceflight,” SpaceX wrote in an replace.

SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission for NASA will launch 4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station to hitch the present Expedition 66 crew. The Crew-3 crew consists of NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer. Chari will command the mission with Marshburn as pilot. Marshburn has flown in house earlier than, whereas the opposite crew astronauts will make their first flight.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rolls out to launch pad

(Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

The Falcon 9 rocket set to launch SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronaut mission into house on Oct. 31 rolled out to its Pad 39A launch web site Wednesday (Oct. 27) at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. 

The Falcon 9, which has flown as soon as earlier than, will launch a brand new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule referred to as Endurance to the Worldwide House Station for NASA’s Crew-3 astronaut flight. Driving aboard might be NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer. T

The astronauts spoke with reporters earlier Wednesday, in the future after arriving on the launch web site. 

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts arrive at Florida launch web site

The astronauts who will fly on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission participate in a media event following their arrival at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 26, 2021. Speaking at the microphone is NASA astronaut and spacecraft commander Raja Chari. Behind him from left is European Space Agency astronaut and mission specialist Matthias Maurer, and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, pilot, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist.

(Picture credit score: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 launch to the Worldwide House Station for NASA have arrived at their Kennedy House Heart launch web site in Florida and prepared for  their Halloween liftoff on Oct. 31.

Crew-3 commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, mission specialist Kayla Barron (all of NASA) and mission specialist Matthias Maurer of the European House Company are actually of their remaining days forward of their launch. They’ll launch to the station at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) and arrive on the station on early Monday morning. 

House.com contributor Amy Thompson captured the crew’s arrival right here (opens in new tab).

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts meet the press

The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-3 launch for NASA are taking questions from the press forward of their Halloween launch to the Worldwide House Station. You possibly can watch it within the window on the high of this web page.

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts head to launch web site

UPDATE: NASA now stories the SpaceX Crew-3 astronaut arrival occasion on the Kennedy House Heart will start round 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT).

SpaceX’s Crew-3 Dragon capsule is in its hangar at Launch Pad 39A (opens in new tab) to satisfy its Falcon 9 rocket and the mission’s four-astronaut crew is because of arrive on the launch web site later right now.

The Crew-3 astronauts are anticipated to land at NASA’s Shuttle Touchdown Facility right now at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT) and you’ll watch their arrival stay. NASA’s webcast of the crew’s arrival will seem on the high of this web page, in addition to on our Crew-3 webcasts web page. 

SpaceX is ‘go’ for Halloween Crew-3 launch

The model new Crew Dragon capsule Endurance arrived at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart forward of the Crew-3 launch to the Worldwide House Station on Oct. 31. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

SpaceX and NASA have cleared the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance and its Falcon 9 rocket to launch 4 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station on Halloween (Oct. 31) on the Crew-3 mission. The decision got here late final evening after a Flight Readiness Assessment. You possibly can learn our full story by Mike Wall for particulars.

Liftoff stays set for early Sunday at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

SpaceX is working to wrap up one remaining concern earlier than flight: a slight redesign of the Crew Dragon’s bathroom. In September, bathroom issues throughout SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 flight revealed {that a} tube resulting in a urine storage tank had popped free, permitting urine right into a fan system as an alternative of its supposed tank. 

For the Crew-3 flight, SpaceX is revamping the bathroom system to incorporate an all-welded construction that might stop comparable tube separations. As soon as SpaceX completes its work, NASA should log out on the change, one thing that’s anticipated in coming days.

NASA talks launch plans for SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission

The astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission pose for a portrait in their spacesuits during a training session. From left are: NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Thomas Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer.

The astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission pose for a portrait of their spacesuits throughout a coaching session. From left are: NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Thomas Marshburn, and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Matthias Maurer. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

NASA and SpaceX mission managers are assembly right now in a Flight Readiness Assessment assembly that can determine if SpaceX’s subsequent crewed mission for NASA is prepared for liftoff. 

Known as Crew-3 (opens in new tab), SpaceX’s subsequent astronaut mission for NASA will launch three American astronauts and one European House Company astronaut to the Worldwide House Station on a six-month mission. Liftoff is ready for Oct. 31 (Halloween) at 2:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT). The crew consists of mission commander Raja Chari and mission specialists Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, all from NASA, and European astronaut Matthias Maurer. 

SpaceX and NASA will maintain a media teleconference tonight to debate right now’s Flight Readiness Assessment assembly and you’ll hear in stay. That briefing will start no sooner than 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) tonight. You possibly can watch stay on the high of this web page or straight from NASA right here (opens in new tab).

11 crewmembers on house station

The 11 astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station make up the crews of Crew-1, Crew-2 and Expedition 64.

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The joint crews of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission and the Worldwide House Station have joined as much as kind one massive group of 11 folks in orbit. 

“We’re so excited to be right here, we’re able to get to work,” Crew-2 pilot Megan McArthur informed performing NASA astronaut Steve Jurczyk after getting into the station. 

There will not be 11 folks collectively on the house station for lengthy. The 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission, which launched in November 2020, will return to Earth on April 28, leaving seven crewmembers behind. 

You can discover that mission protection right here with stay touchdown updates and protection. 

The Crew-2 astronauts, in the meantime, will keep onboard for the following six months. 

That can wrap up our stay protection for Crew-2’s launch and docking. Thanks for becoming a member of us. 

Hatches open between Crew Dragon, Station

The hatches are formally open between SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon capsule and the Worldwide House Station. 

Crew-2 astronauts opened the ultimate hatch between their two spacecraft at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT) as the 2 autos sailed 267 miles over the South Pacific Ocean. 

The Crew Dragon crew will set up some ducts for air circulation earlier than getting into the station. Contained in the station, the station’s Expedition 64 crew is eagerly awaiting their new crewmates. 

SpaceX Crew-2 docks at house station

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft efficiently docked itself (opens in new tab) on the Worldwide House Station Saturday (April 24), making historical past as the primary used SpaceX capsule to ferry astronauts to the orbiting lab. 

The Crew Dragon Endeavour docked on the house station at 5:08 a.m. EDT (0908 GMT) to ship NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide of Japan and Thomas Pesquet of France to their new dwelling for the following six months. 

After a sequence of leak checks, the hatches between Endeavour and the house station might be opened at 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT). A welcome ceremony with all 11 of the astronauts on the station is predicted at 7:45 a.m. EDT. 

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SpaceX's Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavour arrives at the International Space Station with four astronauts aboard in a smooth docking on April 24, 2021 one day after launching into orbit.

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavour arrives on the Worldwide House Station with 4 astronauts aboard in a clean docking on April 24, 2021 in the future after launching into orbit. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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SpaceX's Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavour arrives at the International Space Station with four astronauts aboard in a smooth docking on April 24, 2021 one day after launching into orbit.

SpaceX’s Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavour arrives on the Worldwide House Station with 4 astronauts aboard in a clean docking on April 24, 2021 in the future after launching into orbit. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The International Space Station and SpaceX's Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience (top) can be seen in this camera view from the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour during docking operations on April 24, 2021.

The Worldwide House Station and SpaceX’s Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience (high) will be seen on this digital camera view from the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour throughout docking operations on April 24, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Crew-2 astronauts wake for docking day

The 4 Crew-2 astronauts have woke up in orbit aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavour for what might be their docking day on the Worldwide House Station. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur (each of NASA), Akihiko Hoshide of Japan and Thomas Pesquet of France awoke at simply after 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT) to begin their Flight Day 2. 

Endeavour is scheduled to dock itself on the house station on Saturday, April 24, at 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT) after a sequence of orbital maneuvers, a flyaround of the station and shutting burns to dock on the ahead port of the station’s U.S.-built Concord module.

Elon Musk: “Appears like a dream”

SpaceX founder Elon Musk answered questions during a news conference held on April 23, 2021.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk answered questions throughout a information convention held on April 23, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Talking throughout a information convention held shortly after launch, SpaceX founder Elon Musk talked about how necessary it was for the corporate to be flying crew. “I am simply actually happy with the SpaceX crew and honored to be partnered with NASA and serving to with JAXA and ESA as effectively,” he stated. Learn extra right here

Superb images of Crew-2 launch

(Picture credit score: Amy Thompson)

SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA painted the predawn sky with dazzling colours and the images are simply spectacular. This picture, taken by House.com contributor Amy Thompson, exhibits SpaceX’s Falcon 9 1st stage and 2nd stage after separation. 

Try another actually wonderful images of SpaceX’s Crew-2 launch right here!

NASA, SpaceX to carry post-launch press convention

NASA and SpaceX are anticipated to carry a press convention at round 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) to debate right now’s profitable launch to the Worldwide House Station. You possibly can observe that press convention within the livestream above or by visiting right here.

Crew Dragon Endeavour chasing house station

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour is chasing the Worldwide House Station in what might be a 23-hour flight to the orbiting laboratory. 

Endeavour has carried out a “phasing burn” one in all a number of maneuvers to maintain the spacecraft on observe to reach on the Worldwide House Station on Saturday, April 24. Docking is ready for five:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT).

The 4 Crew-2 astronauts will quickly take off their modern SpaceX-issue spacesuits and don extra snug garments for journey to the house station.

Crew Dragon safely in orbit

Following a spectacular early morning launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Kennedy House Heart, Crew Dragon and its crew of 4 astronauts are safely in orbit.

Crew Dragon has separated from the Falcon’s second stage, nosecone deploy is developing because the spacecraft is starting its strategy to the Worldwide House Station.

Landing! Falcon 9 1st stage nails touchdown at sea

The primary stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for right now’s Crew-2 launch has efficiently landed on the drone ship Of Course I Nonetheless Love You within the Atlantic Ocean following right now’s astronaut launch for NASA. 

This marks the second touchdown for this Falcon 9 rocket and the second crewed flight. It launched NASA’s Crew-1 astronaut mission to the Worldwide House Station in November 2020. 

LIFTOFF! Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon heading for orbit

(Picture credit score: NASA TV)

 The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft has lifted off from Kennedy House Heart’s Launch Complicated 39A. 

NASA Crew-2 commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur are reporting that the launch car and spacecraft are performing nominally as they start the 12-minute climb to orbit.

Falcon 9 & Crew Dragon: T-minus 5 minutes and counting

The Crew Dragon spacecraft has transitioned to inside energy for this morning’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT) from Launch Complicated 39A at Florida’s Kennedy House Heart.

The Falcon 9 propellant tanks have been topped off with liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1). Because the countdown nears T-0, flight computer systems will assess the Falcon 9 engine steering system and the car’s propellant tanks might be pressurized to flight stress. 

At T-minus 3.3 seconds, the engine controller instructions the Merlin engines ignition sequence to commerce, constructing as much as most energy for launch

Within the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Crew-2 mission commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur are conducting remaining launch preparations, assisted by mission specialists Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet.

No technical points are being labored. Climate circumstances are ‘Inexperienced.’ GO FOR LAUNCH!

 Right here’s a abstract of the ultimate countdown and ascent to orbit milestones:

-00:01:00  Command flight pc to start remaining prelaunch checks 

-00:01:00  Propellant tank pressurization to flight stress begins 

-00:00:45  SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch 

-00:00:03  Engine controller instructions engine ignition sequence to begin 

-00:00:00  Falcon 9 liftoff 

+00:00:58  Max Q (second of peak mechanical stress on the rocket) 

+00:02:33  1st stage foremost engine cutoff (MECO) 

+00:02:36  1st and 2nd phases separate 

+00:02:44  2nd stage engine begins 

+00:07:15  1st stage entry burn 

+00:08:47  2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1) 

+00:08:52  1st stage entry burn 

+00:09:22  1st stage touchdown 

+00:12:00  Crew Dragon separates from 2nd stage 

+00:12:46  Dragon nosecone open sequence begins 

Falcon 9 & Crew Dragon: T-minus 10 minutes and counting

 The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet  onboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft, has been cleared for launch at 5:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT).

The mission administration crew has been polled and all have reported ‘Go for launch.’ The 4 astronauts are strapped into their seats, operating by means of pre-launch checklists and are intently monitoring spacecraft programs in preparation for his or her ascent to orbit.

No technical or car points are being labored at the moment, with little or no chatter on the inner communication loops. Climate circumstances and the Jap Vary are ‘Inexperienced’ for launch.

Falcon 9 ‘GO’ for propellant load

Falcon 9 has been cleared to start propellant loading. The SpaceX launch director has simply given the OK to begin fueling the primary stage of the 215 foot-tall (65 meter) two-stage Falcon 9 launch car, which is powered by liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1).

The crew entry arm is being retracted and Crew Dragon’s emergency launch escape system might be armed, making ready the spacecraft to separate from the launch car within the unlikely occasion of anomaly on the pad or throughout ascent. As soon as the system is armed, propellant loading will quickly observe.

Crew Dragon options a complicated abort system with eight SuperDraco engines and a sequence of parachutes that may be activated instantaneously from the second they’re armed on the launch pad all over orbital insertion.

The 4 astronauts have simply closed and locked their visors in preparation for launch. 

The SpaceX launch crew shouldn’t be working any technical points at the moment with Falcon 9 or Crew Dragon. Climate is at present ‘Inexperienced’ for launch.

Launch is scheduled for five:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT).

Closeout Crew Departs Launch Pad

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SpaceX’s closeout crew has departed Launch Pad 39A forward of right now’s Crew-2 astronaut launch on a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour. 

As we speak’s countdown has proceeded easily, with no climate or car considerations. 

NASA has captured some video of the Crew-2 astronauts taking part in Rock, Paper, Scissors inside Endeavour after hatch closure. Test it out above.

Replace: That hand sign sport by the Crew-2 astronauts was not, the truth is, Rock Paper Scissors, however a sport astronaut Thomas Pesquet performed as a child rising up in France, per NASA.

Countdown continuing easily

The countdown is continuing easily for this morning’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Liftoff is scheduled for five:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT).

Communication checks between the launch crew, flight controllers and the spacecraft have been accomplished.

The launch crew is rigorously reviewing car information to determine if fueling operations can start; shortly, the SpaceX launch director is predicted to offer the OK to begin loading propellants into the 215 foot-tall (65 meter) two-stage Falcon 9 launch car. Falcon 9 is powered by liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1).

The launch crew shouldn’t be working any technical points at the moment. 

Crew Dragon hatch closed for launch

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Crew Dragon’s Endeavour hatch has been closed and latched for flight, the 4 astronauts are strapped into their seats and preparations are progressing easily for this morning’s Falcon 9 launch try from Launch Complicated 39A at Florida’s Kennedy House Heart – the second operational mission to the Worldwide House Station within the Industrial Crew Program.

SpaceX’s black-clad close-out crew are about 16 minutes forward of schedule for his or her launch prep work.

Crew-2 mission commander Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur have accomplished air-to-ground communications checks to make sure that the 4 astronauts can discuss to flight controllers and one another through the spacecraft’s ascent to orbit. Swimsuit leak checks have additionally been accomplished.

Launch is scheduled for five:49 AM EDT (0949 GMT). The launch crew shouldn’t be monitoring any technical points; launch climate forecast stays favorable, with a 90 % likelihood of acceptable circumstances at launch time.

All 4 Crew-2 astronauts aboard Crew Dragon Endeavour

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All 4 Crew-2 astronauts have boarded their SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour for right now’s predawn launch to the Worldwide House Station. You possibly can see them within the NASA TV picture above. From left, they’re: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. 

The astronauts have closed their SpaceX spacesuit helmets for leak checks and swiveled their seats upward into launch place for right now’s launch at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT). 

2 astronauts have boarded Crew Dragon

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Meghan McArthur are actually contained in the Crew Dragon. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will board subsequent. 

Astronauts arrive on the launch pad

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Crew-2 astronauts prepare to board the Crew Dragon.

Crew-2 astronauts put together to board the Crew Dragon. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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Crew-2 astronauts prepare to board the Crew Dragon.

Crew-2 astronauts put together to board the Crew Dragon. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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Crew-2 astronauts prepare to board the Crew Dragon.

Crew-2 astronauts put together to board the Crew Dragon. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

The 4 Crew-2 astronauts have arrived at Launch Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida, the place they may carry off lower than three hours from now. In about quarter-hour the astronauts will start to board the Crew Dragon Endeavour. 

Crew-2 astronauts are virtually achieved suiting up

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The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts suit up inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021.

The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts swimsuit up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts suit up inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021.

The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts swimsuit up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts suit up inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021.

The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts swimsuit up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)
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The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts suit up inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 23, 2021.

The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts swimsuit up contained in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida, on April 23, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet are nearly completed stepping into their SpaceX spacesuits (opens in new tab) forward of their flight. 

The crew is scheduled to depart the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Constructing at 2:29 a.m. EDT (0629 GMT) and board their Tesla Mannequin X (opens in new tab) autos, by which they are going to be pushed to Launch Complicated 39A. 

They’re scheduled to reach on the launch web site at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT). 

NASA’s Crew-2 launch webcast is stay now!

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are illuminated by spotlights on the launch pad at Launch Complicated 39A because the countdown continues for the launch of the Crew-2 mission, on Friday (April 23), at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. (Picture credit score: Joel Kowsky/NASA)

NASA’s stay broadcast of the SpaceX Crew-2 launch to the Worldwide House Station has begun! We’re simply over 4 hours away from liftoff, which is scheduled for five:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT). 

You possibly can watch the launch stay right here (opens in new tab) and discover extra details about NASA’s Crew-2 webcasts right here (opens in new tab)

SpaceX launch could also be seen from the US East Coast

This photo by Eduardo R. shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on March 14, 2021.

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SpaceX’s Crew-2 astronaut launch will liftoff from Florida’s House Coast earlier than dawn on Friday, April 23, and there is a likelihood for observers alongside the U.S. East Coast to see the rocket’s ascent into orbit. 

In response to House.com columnist Joe Rao, skywatchers with clear skies have an opportunity to see the second stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket because it streaks towards house. Precisely when the Falcon 9 might be seen, and for the way lengthy, is determined by your location alongside the East Coast.

You possibly can see recommendations on when and how one can see the SpaceX launch in our full story right here.

SpaceX prepared for Crew-2 launch

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SpaceX is lower than a day away from launching the Crew-2 astronauts to the Worldwide House Station. 

As with each SpaceX launch for NASA, you’ll watch the mission stay on-line. NASA’s webcast will start at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0630 GMT) after which run constantly by means of docking on the house station on Saturday. 

This is our full preview for Friday’s launch from contributor Amy Thompson in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Crew-2 Launch Delayed

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NASA and SpaceX have delayed the launch of the Crew-2 astronaut mission to the Worldwide House Station to no sooner than Friday, April 23 attributable to dangerous climate downrange. Liftoff is now set for 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT)

“Though circumstances across the launch web site had been anticipated to be favorable for liftoff, mission groups additionally should contemplate circumstances alongside the flight path and restoration space within the unlikely occasion of a launch escape,” NASA officers stated in an announcement right now.

You possibly can learn our full story on the launch delay right here.

Crew-2 astronauts arrive at launch web site

From left to proper, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet pose for a photograph after arriving on the Launch and Touchdown Facility at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart on April 16, 2021. The quartet will go to the house station on SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission, which is scheduled to launch on April 22. (Picture credit score: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

The 4 astronauts of NASA’s Crew-2 mission to the Worldwide House Station have arrived at their Kennedy House Heart launch web site for an April 22 launch on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour and Falcon 9 rocket. 

The crew, NASA astronauts Shanek Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet, arrived at KSC’s Launch and Touchdown Facility (a former Shuttle Touchdown Facility). They’re scheduled to launch on April 22 at 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT). 

As we speak (April 17), the Crew-2 astronauts will maintain a digital press convention at 9:45 a.m. EDT (1345 GMT). You possibly can watch it stay on this web page and right here on House.com, courtesy of NASA TV. 

One week to launch for SpaceX’s Crew-2

The crew for SpaceX’s upcoming Crew-2 mission is all smiles as we get nearer to launch. From the left is European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. (Picture credit score: SpaceX)

SpaceX is one week away from launching 4 astronauts into house for NASA to start a months-long trek to the Worldwide House Station. 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the astronauts on the Crew-2 mission for NASA on Thursday, April 22. Liftoff is ready for six:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT). The house company will maintain a Flight Readiness Assessment briefing right now, April 15, at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) to debate the mission. You possibly can watch that stay right here and observe alongside on the high of this web page.

The Crew-2 mission will launch from NASA’s historic Pad 39A on the Kennedy House Heart in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon Endeavour, which launched SpaceX’s first crewed flight for NASA (referred to as Demo-2) in Could 2020, will launch the mission. 

Crew-2 will launch a four-person crew: NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The 4 house vacationers will be a part of seven others aboard the station once they arrive on the station on April 23. 4 of these crewmates launched on SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission and can return to Earth on April 28. The opposite three arrived earlier this month on a Russian Soyuz to start their very own prolonged keep. 

— Tariq Malik

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