The flight crew is seated inside their Dragon Endeavour spacecraft preparing for their 24.5-hour journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission. About 45 minutes prior to liftoff, the SpaceX launch director will conduct a poll of NASA and SpaceX mission managers to determine if they are ready for launch.
With a successful “Go for launch” decision, the crew access arm will retract, the crew will close their visors, the launch escape system will be activated in the unlikely event of a contingency, and SpaceX will begin loading propellant into the Falcon 9 rocket for launch.
The Crew-6 flight will carry NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, commander; Warren Hoburg, pilot; and mission specialists UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev. Launch is targeted for 12:34 a.m. EST Thursday, March 2, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.