Hurricane Ian has pushed the launch of SpaceX’s subsequent astronaut mission for NASA again by at the very least a day.
SpaceX and NASA had been planning to launch the Crew-5 flight to the Worldwide House Station on Oct. 3 from Pad 39A at Kennedy House Heart (KSC) in Florida. However the specter of Ian, which is presently churning north towards Florida as a highly effective Class 3 hurricane, has delayed the deliberate liftoff by at the very least 24 hours, to Oct. 4. And that schedule is way from set in stone.
“Mission groups will proceed to observe the impacts of Ian on the House Coast and NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida and will modify the launch date once more, as crucial,” NASA officers wrote in an replace immediately (opens in new tab) (Sept. 27).
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The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule that may fly on Crew-5 are protected inside SpaceX’s hangar at Pad 39A, NASA officers added in immediately’s replace.
If present plans maintain, the Crew-5 astronauts will arrive at KSC from NASA’s Johnson House Heart in Houston on Friday (Sept. 30). Rollout of the Falcon 9 and Dragon to the launch pad will happen round that very same time, supplied the climate is nice sufficient for a possible Oct. 4 liftoff. A backup date is accessible on Oct. 5.
Crew-5 will ship NASA astronauts Nicole Aunapu Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina to the Worldwide House Station (ISS) for a five-month keep. It would mark the primary time a cosmonaut has ever ridden a personal American spacecraft to the orbiting lab.
SpaceX’s most up-to-date mission, Crew-4, stays aboard the ISS however is scheduled to come back dwelling quickly. Crew-4’s departure date is determined by Crew-5’s launch date; NASA and SpaceX need the 2 missions to overlap for 5 days on the station.
Crew-5 is not the one mission affected by Hurricane Ian. The storm compelled NASA to roll its enormous Artemis 1 moon rocket off KSC’s Pad 39B and again to the protection of the middle’s enormous Automobile Meeting Constructing late final night time (Sept. 26).
The Artemis 1 group had been hoping to launch the uncrewed moon mission immediately. Now, a launch sooner than November appears unlikely.
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