Crew-7 Countdown: NASA and SpaceX Set New Launch Date

NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Training

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 crew in training at SpaceX before their mission to the International Space Station. Andreas Mogensen is photographed here. Credit: SpaceX

NASA and SpaceX rescheduled the Crew-7 mission launch for August 25 to allow additional launch site preparation. The mission will carry a crew of four astronauts aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, Endurance, to the International Space Station.

The target launch date for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station now is 3:49 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 25. Additional time was required for teams to complete pad readiness after SpaceX’s recent Falcon Heavy mission lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The adjustment also takes advantage of consecutive launch opportunities and deconflicts the station’s cargo spacecraft traffic schedule.

Coordination With ISS Activities

This date change is coordinated with ongoing activities aboard the International Space Station. These include operations with other crew and cargo spacecraft. A Cygnus cargo spacecraft from Northrop Grumman recently arrived, and a Roscosmos Progress cargo spacecraft is due at the station in the coming weeks.

NASA Crew-7 Mission Members Inside SpaceX Hangar X

The four crew members of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission pose for a photo inside SpaceX Hangar X at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From left to right are: Konstantin Borisov, Andreas Mogensen, Jasmin Moghbeli, and Satoshi Furukawa. Credit: SpaceX

Crew and Spacecraft Details

The crew members for this mission include NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov. They will travel aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, Endurance, which has previously served NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 and Crew-5 missions to the space station. This mission will mark the inaugural launch of the Falcon 9 booster SpaceX has chosen to support this mission.

Pre-Launch Preparations

All the necessary hardware for the mission has already reached Florida for processing. The Dragon spacecraft was stacked with its trunk on July 25, ahead of transportation to SpaceX’s hangar at Launch Complex 39A. Once the preflight checkouts of the spacecraft are completed, it will be mated to the rocket. This step precedes the rollout of the integrated system to the launch pad.

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