Shutdown of the Second Stage Engine

Shutdown of the second stage engine occurred right on time. All is proceeding as planned.

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!

Crew-5 Remains on Schedule, Launch About 15 Minutes Away

Fuel loading is complete on the second stage, and liquid oxygen loading has begun. Everything remains on target for the noon EDT launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

Weather conditions remain extremely favorable.

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.