NASA has postponed the upcoming launch of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to November 10 due to weather concerns. SpaceX noted that there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for the new date.
The firm claimed in a tweet, “Following Crew-2’s return to Earth, Falcon 9 will launch Dragon’s third long-duration crew mission to the Space Station as soon as Wednesday, November 10, weather forecast is 80% favorable for liftoff”.
Following Crew-2’s return to Earth, Falcon 9 will launch Dragon’s third long-duration crew mission to the @Space_Station as soon as Wednesday, November 10; weather forecast is 80% favorable for liftoff pic.twitter.com/xOFGVw3fOP
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 7, 2021
Crew-3 launch to the International Space Station was earlier planned for 31 October, but was postponed to 3 November due to adverse weather and then to 6 November. Even though teams will continue to monitor crew health, Crew-3 astronauts will remain in quarantine at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are in good condition and will remain at Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A. The Crew-3 flight will be carrying NASA astronaut Raja Chari, mission commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist; Also ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will serve as a mission specialist, will be in the space station for a six-month science mission, until the end of April 2022.
It is the third crew rotation mission with astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and the fourth flight with astronauts, including the Demo-2 test flight, as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The crew will be accompanied by more than 400 pounds of supplies and hardware on Dragon, including more than 150 pounds they will use to conduct experiments on the space station. Here’s some research riding with them into low-Earth orbit.
In addition to the experiments they performed on Dragon, the Crew-3 astronauts will also perform a number of additional experiments and technology demonstrations during their mission.
Crew-3 is critical for testing new upgrades to the space station’s Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), including newly installed toilets, brine processing assembly, carbon dioxide scrubbers and two new hydrogen sensors ready to arrive at a SpaceX Cargo Dragon in late December.