SpaceX Says ‘All Systems Looking Good’ for NASA Crew-5 Launch This Week
After rescheduling from a launch window previously held for Monday, SpaceX is planning two potential launch windows for this week.
SpaceX is preparing for its NASA Crew-5 Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with a launch window set for Wednesday, October 5, as detailed on the company’s website and in a video that will live stream the launch.
“All systems are looking good for launch of the Crew-5 mission on Wednesday, October 5,” said SpaceX on Monday morning. On Sunday, a static fire test of Falcon 9 was completed successfully.
The Wednesday launch window begins at 12:00 p.m. ET and SpaceX is currently holding a backup launch window for Thursday, October 6 at 11:38 a.m. ET.
The launch will use the Falcon 9 first-stage booster and the Dragon spacecraft, the latter of which will be used to carry four astronauts to the ISS: Nicole Mann (Mission Commander; NASA), Josh Cassada (Pilot; NASA), Koichi Wakata (Mission Specialist; JAXA) and Anna Kikina (Mission Specialist; NASA).
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The Crew-5 team is set to join seven other astronauts from the Expedition 68 mission on the orbital space station, spending around six months at the ISS.
After Crew-5’s arrival, the four astronauts launched on the Crew-4 Mission will depart from the ISS and return to Earth, after about six months on board.
The NASA and SpaceX Crew-5 Mission live stream is set to begin on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 a.m. ET, ahead of the launch window at noon.