The positive call came in from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Commander Stephen Bowen that trajectory is nominal. The first stage has started its descent.
The Falcon 9 rocket has reached first stage main engine cutoff (MECO). The first and second stages have separated.
Max Q, or the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket, has been reached.
The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft roared off of Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:34 a.m. EST! Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, Sultan Alneyadi, and Andrey Fedyaev have successfully begun their approximate 24.5-hour journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission.
Max Q will happen during the next minute.
The RP-1 rocket fuel load for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission launch is complete.
It’s just a few minutes until liftoff, and all looks good for the Crew-6 launch! There is still time to tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website to watch the rocket and spacecraft blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Fuel loading is complete on the second stage, and liquid oxygen loading has begun. Everything remains on target for the 12:34 a.m. EST launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.
Weather conditions remain extremely favorable. Tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website for a live broadcast.
The mission is the sixth crew rotation flight of a Dragon spacecraft as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, carrying NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, who will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, and UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, who will serve as mission specialists.
Right on schedule – at T-minus 35 minutes – RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading and first stage liquid oxygen loading has begun.
Liftoff, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is at 12:34 a.m. EST.
Tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website for a live broadcast.
The launch escape system for the Dragon spacecraft Endeavour is now armed. From liftoff until they reach orbit – roughly 12 minutes – the crew would be able to escape safely in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Crew-6 will carry two NASA astronauts – Mission Commander Stephen Bowen and Pilot Warren Hoburg – along with UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, who join as mission specialists, to the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeted for 12:34 a.m. EST, from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A.
Up next is propellant loading.
The crew access arm has retracted. Coming up shortly, the Dragon launch escape system will be armed.
The SpaceX launch director polled the NASA and SpaceX leaders in Firing Room 4 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and gave a GO for fueling for the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft that will carry NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, along with UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, for a science expedition mission aboard the International Space Station. Liftoff from Launch Complex 39A is set for 12:34 a.m. EST.
At 35 minutes prior to launch, SpaceX teams will begin loading rocket grade kerosene followed by liquid oxygen for the first and second stages of the Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon will transition to internal power five minutes before launch, and the launch director will give the final GO for launch 45 seconds before liftoff.