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SpaceX Crew-5 launch delayed as NASA prepares for Hurricane Ian

The fury of Hurricane Ian postponed NASA’s plan to send a new crew of four to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX rocket. The agency announced yesterday that its Crew-5 mission has been delayed by at least a day and will now launch no earlier than October 4.

“Mission teams will continue to monitor Ian’s impacts to the Space Coast and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and may adjust the launch date again as needed,” NASA said in a statement. blog post. “The safety of the crew, ground equipment and hardware is of the utmost importance to NASA and SpaceX.”

“The safety of the crew, ground equipment and hardware is of paramount importance”

“[Hurricane Ian] It is going to have very, very important impacts in terms of wind, rain, flooding. So this is going to be a nasty day, two days,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said. said in an update this morning.

The Dragon Endurance spacecraft for the Crew-5 mission will wait out the storm inside the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. “After the storm progresses, NASA and SpaceX teams will assess potential impacts to the core and determine whether to further adjust the mission schedule,” NASA said in its blog post.

His crew, including two NASA astronauts, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut will arrive at Kennedy no earlier than September 30, according to NASA.

there’s adrive outside” equipment that will remain on site during Hurricane Ian. But NASA is encouraging its public employees to telecommute for the next several days until there is an “all clear” declaration, Kennedy Space Center Director Janet Petro said in a statement. instructions yesterday as NASA scrambled to prepare its facilities for the storm.

The next earliest window for the Crew-5 mission launch is now at 12:23 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 4. There is another backup window on October 5th. Once the mission is ready for launch, the Dragon Endurance spacecraft will carry the crew of four to the ISS, where they are scheduled to spend up to six months doing research. They will be working on projects ranging from efforts to print human organs in space to studying how fuel systems might operate on the Moon.

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