NASA postpones launch of SpaceX Crew-3 to the International Space Station

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

NASA and SpaceX Now at 1:10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday 3rd along the Atlantic Ocean along the flight path of the Crew Dragon for a launch attempt on October 31st.

Weather conditions along the ascent corridor are expected to improve for the November 3rd launch attempt, and the 45th Weather Squadron forecast predicts an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions at the launch site.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are participating in a countdown rehearsal at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 28, 2021 in preparation for the upcoming Crew 3 launch. The astronauts on Launch Pad 39A and beyond are the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon during training. Image Credit: SpaceX

NASA astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander, Tom Marshburn, pilot, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, also mission specialist, will launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in the Kennedy Center the agency’s premises in Florida.

Crew 3 astronauts are scheduled to perform a long-term scientific mission aboard the laboratory in orbit and live and work as part of an estimated seven-person crew.

The November 3 launch of Crew 3 will arrive at the space station later in the day around 11 p.m. on Wednesday November 3 to receive a brief shipment of astronauts as part of the agency’s SpaceX Crew 2 mission flew to the station.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the crew of the Dragon 3 spacecraft

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is seen on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A at sunset while preparing for the Crew 3 mission at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 to be continued in Florida. Photo credit: NASA / Joel Kosky

Crew 2, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Astronauts Akihiko Hoshied and ESA astronaut Thomas Bisquet are currently aiming to return in early November. Crew 3 astronauts are scheduled to return in late April 2022.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts will remain in the Kennedy Crew Quarters until their launch. They will spend time with their families and receive technical and ritual briefings over the next few days.

The Dragon Endurance crew is scheduled to dock at the space station on Wednesday, November 3rd at 11 p.m. The launch and docking coverage will be broadcast live on NASA television. NASA AppAgentur website.

NASA SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are participating in a countdown rehearsal at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 28, 2021 in preparation for the upcoming Crew 3 launch. From left are Matthias Maurer from ESA, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, Crew 3 Commander and Kayla Barron. Image Credit: SpaceX

The Crew 3 flight will carry NASA astronaut Raja Chari, the mission commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; Kayla Barron, Mission Specialist; In addition to ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will be coming to the space station as a mission specialist on a six-month science mission, he will remain on board until the end of April 2022.

Crew 2 mission with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Akihiko Hoshideand And ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet now wants to be separated from the space station before Sunday, November 7th, in order to return to Earth.

The coverage of NASA’s SpaceX Crew 3 mission is as follows (all times to the east):

Tuesday November 2nd

  • 8:45 p.m. – Coverage of the NASA TV launch begins. NASA will be reporting on an ongoing basis, including launch, docking, hatch opening and the welcome party.

Wednesday 3rd November

  • 01:10 – Start
  • NASA television coverage continues with the docking and access and welcome party. Instead of a post-launch press conference, NASA leadership will provide comments during the broadcast.
  • 11 p.m. – docking

Thursday 4th November

  • 12:35 a.m. – hatch opening
  • 1:10 am – welcome party