Second Stage Engine Continues to Burn

The second stage engine continues to burn. About 8 minutes into flight, all is well.

Crew-5 Reports Trajectory Nominal

The positive call came in from Crew-5 Commander Nicole Mann that trajectory is nominal. The first stage has started its descent.

First Stage Main Engine Cutoff, First and Second Stages Separate

The rocket has reached first stage main engine cutoff (MECO). The first and second stages have separated.

Rocket Reaches Max Q

Max Q, or the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket, has been reached.

Liftoff! Crew-5 Flight Crew Soars into the Florida Afternoon Sky

Crew-5 liftoff
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission lifts off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida at noon EDT on Oct. 5, 2022. Credit: NASA
NASA's SpaceX Crew-5 liftoff
Credit: NASA

The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft roared off of Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida! Nicole Aunapu Mann, Josh Cassada, Koichi Wakata, and Anna Kikina have successfully begun their approximate 29-hour journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission.

Max Q will happen during the next minute.

Crew-5 in Terminal Count, Ready for Launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Crew-5 mission
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 launch is set for noon EDT today, Oct. 5, from Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA

The RP-1 rocket fuel load is complete.

Just a few minutes until liftoff, and all looks good for the Crew-5 launch!

Propellant and Liquid Oxygen Loading Underway

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 noon EDT today.

Endurance Launch Escape System Armed

The launch escape system for the Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, 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 anomaly.

Up next is propellant loading.

Crew Access Arm Retracted for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Launch

Crew Access Arm at Kennedy Space Center for Crew-5 launch
The crew access arm completes retraction for launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station on Oct. 5, 2022. Credit: NASA

The crew access arm has retracted. Coming up shortly, the Dragon launch escape system will be armed.

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Dragon Spacecraft Endurance is ‘Go’ for Launch

NASA's SpaceX Crew-5 mission at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A
Weather is favorable at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Crew-5 launch remains on target for today’s noon EDT launch. Credit: NASA

Confirmation was received from Commander Nicole Aunapu Mann that SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance spacecraft is ‘Go’ for launch! Weather looks good and we remain on target for a noon EDT launch today.

In about 45 minutes, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with Endurance atop, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida for NASA’s Space X Crew-5 mission.

The mission is the fifth crew rotation flight of a Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Nicole Aunapu Mann and Josh Cassada, who will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will serve as mission specialists.

The crew will dock Endurance to the forward port on the Harmony module of the International Space Station about 29 hours after liftoff. Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 4:57 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Later this month, the four SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts currently on the space station will enter the Dragon Freedom spacecraft and undock from Harmony’s space-facing port for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida. Freedom Commander Kjell Lindgren, Pilot Bob Hines, with Mission Specialists Jessica Watkins and Samantha Cristoforetti, have been living and working on the orbital lab as Expedition 67 Flight Engineers since April 27.

Crew-5 is scheduled for a long duration stay of up to six months aboard the space station conducting science and maintenance before returning to Earth in the spring of 2023.