Flight readiness review for Container‘s SpaceX The Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station has ended and its crews are headed for liftoff at 5:26 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 23 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The date adjustment provides time for mission teams to complete the final preprocessing of the Crew-4 mission after the April 8 launch of the Axiom 1 (Ax-1) mission to the space station.
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 the safe recovery and launch of crew missions. The Crew-4 date also offers three consecutive launch opportunities with backups on Sunday, April 24th and Monday, April 25th.
The agency’s flight readiness review was conducted Friday, April 15, at Kennedy. The review focused on the readiness of the crew transport system at SpaceX, the International Space Station and its international partners to support the flight, as well as certification of flight readiness.
The Crew-4 flight will transport NASA astronauts including 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 fly a new Crew Dragon spacecraft, called Freedom, aboard a flight-tested Falcon 9 rocket.
The Crew 3 astronauts will blast off off the coast of Florida after a brief landing with Crew 4 on the space station.
It arrived at Kennedy Space Center launch complex 39A after making the flight from SpaceX’s processing facility at nearby Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida. After the Dragon is docked in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the launch vehicle will take off on the platform and rise to a vertical launch position.
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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