Crew-3 Launch Readiness Review Coming Up, Prelaunch News Teleconference to Follow

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts participate in a dress rehearsal at Kennedy ahead of the Crew-3 launch.
ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, left, and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, second from left, Raja Chari, second from right, and Kayla Barron, right, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they prepare to depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Crew-3 mission launch, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Tonight, Oct. 29, teams will complete the final major review – the Launch Readiness Review (LRR) – for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station. At the conclusion of the review, NASA and SpaceX will confirm the target launch time of 2:21 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 31.

At approximately 10 p.m. (or no earlier than one hour after completion of the LRR), NASA, SpaceX, and European Space Agency (ESA) officials will hold a prelaunch news teleconference at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Listen live on the agency’s website.

The official insignia for NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 launch.Participants will include:

  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA
  • Joel Montalbano, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • Jennifer Buchli, acting chief scientist, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • Sarah Walker, director, Dragon Mission Management, SpaceX
  • Holly Ridings, chief flight director, Flight Operations Directorate, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Josef Aschbacher, director general, ESA
  • William Ulrich, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, United States Space Force

NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, along with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, are scheduled to launch to the space station from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft for a six-month science mission. Live launch coverage will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The crew of four is expected to arrive at the orbiting laboratory approximately 22 hours after launch, at 12:10 a.m. EDT on Monday, Nov. 1, for a short handover with the astronauts who flew on the agency’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission in April. Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide, and Thomas Pesquet are expected to return to Earth in early November.

For more information on Crew-3, check out the mission overview.

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