Flight readiness review for NASAat SpaceX The Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station has ended and its crews are advancing 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 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.
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. . The 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.
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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