NASA and SpaceX Delay Crew-4 launch to the International Space Station

NASA SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts participate in a training session at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Left to right: Jessica Watkins, NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 mission specialist; NASA astronaut and SpaceX Crew-4 pilot Robert “Bob” Hines; NASA astronaut and SpaceX 4 crew leader Kjell Lindgren; ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Crew-4 mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy. credit: NASA

Flight readiness review for Steve Stitch, NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager

Steve Stitch, director of the Commercial Crew Program at the Kennedy Space Center, participates in a flight readiness review for the agency’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission at the Florida spaceport on April 15, 2022. International partners also participated. NASA and SpaceX FRR mission managers met to confirm that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are ready for launch. Crew-4 is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station from Kennedy Launch Complex 39A on April 23, 2022, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are scheduled to take off at 5:26 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/Kim Shefflet

Mission teams continue to monitor operational schedules with ongoing space station activities, including upcoming spacewalks and the return of Ax-1 crew members. Weather forecasting remains a control to ensure safe recovery and launches for crew missions. The Crew-4 date also offers three consecutive release opportunities with backups on Sunday, April 24th and Monday, April 25th.

Kathy Luders is the Associate Administrator of NASA's Space Operations Directorate

Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for the Space Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters, participates in the flight readiness review of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 15, 2022. Credit: NASA

The agency’s flight readiness review was conducted Friday, April 15, at Kennedy. The review focused on crew transport system readiness from SpaceX, the ISS and its international partners to support the flight, as well as certification of flight readiness.

Flight Crew-4 will transport NASA astronauts such as Jill Lindgren, mission commander, Robert Haynes, pilot, and Jessica Watkins, mission specialist and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who will serve as mission specialist, to the space station for a science mission. . Astronauts will pilot a new Crew Dragon spacecraft, called Freedom, aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket.

Crew 3 astronauts will take off from the Florida coast after a short delivery with Crew-4 to the space station.

It arrived at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center after making the flight from SpaceX’s processing facilities near Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida. After the Dragon docks on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the launch vehicle will take off on the platform and rise to a vertical launch position.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft approaches the International Space Station

In this illustration, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft approaches the International Space Station for docking. Credit: NASA/SpaceX

Before returning to Earth in the fall of 2022, the crew will spend several months in science and maintenance aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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