NASA delays launch of SpaceX Crew-3 to International Space Station

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor is pictured as it approaches the International Space Station on April 24, 2021. Credit: NASA

">Nasa and EspaceX Now aiming at 1:10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 3 for the agency’s Crew-3 launch to the International Space Station due to a large storm system winding through the Ohio Valley and northeast from the United States this weekend, raising winds and waves in the Atlantic Ocean along Crew Dragon’s flight path for the October 31 launch attempt.

Weather conditions along the Ascent Corridor are expected to improve for a launch attempt on November 3, and forecasts from the 45th Weather Squadron predict an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions at the launch site.

NASA SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts

NASA SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts participate in a countdown dress rehearsal at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 28, 2021, to prepare for the upcoming Crew-3 launch. The astronauts are at Launch Pad 39A with the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon behind them during the rehearsal. Credit: SpaceX

NASA Astronauts Raja Chari, Mission Commander, Tom Marshburn, Pilot, and Kayla Barron, Mission Specialist and ESA (European Space Agency) Astronaut Matthias Maurer, also Mission Specialist, will embark on the SpaceX spacecraft Crew Dragon and the Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Crew-3 astronauts are scheduled for a long-term science mission aboard the orbiting lab, living and working in what is expected to be a crew of seven.

The November 3 launch would have Crew-3 arriving at the space station later that same day at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, for a short refit with the astronauts who traveled to the station as part of the SpaceX Crew-mission. 2 from the agency.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew-3 mission of the Crew Dragon spacecraft

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on board is seen at sunset on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Crew-3 mission, Wednesday, October 27, 2021 , at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky

NASA Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet are currently aiming for a return in early November. Crew-3 astronauts are expected to return at the end of April 2022.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts will remain in the crew quarters at Kennedy until launch. They will spend time with their families and receive technical and weather briefings in the coming days.

The Crew Dragon Endurance is scheduled to dock at the space station at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3. Coverage of the launch and docking will be broadcast live on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website.

NASA SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts

NASA SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts participate in a countdown dress rehearsal at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 28, 2021, to prepare for the upcoming Crew-3 launch. From left to right, Matthias Maurer, with the European Space Agency, and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, commander of Crew-3, and Kayla Barron. Credit: SpaceX

The Crew-3 flight will carry NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist; as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will serve as mission specialist, at the space station for a six-month science mission, remaining on board until the end of April 2022.

The Crew-2 mission with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will now aim to undock the space station no earlier than Sunday, November 7 to return to Earth.

Coverage for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission is as follows (still east):

Tuesday, November 2

  • 8:45 p.m. – NASA Television launch coverage begins. NASA will have continuous coverage, including launching, docking, opening hatches and welcoming ceremony.

Wednesday November 3

  • 1h10 – Launch
  • NASA TV coverage continues through docking, arrival and the welcome ceremony. In lieu of a post-launch press conference, NASA management will provide commentary during the broadcast.
  • 11:00 p.m. – Mooring

Thursday, November 4

  • 00:35 – Opening of the hatches
  • 1h10 – Welcome ceremony

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