Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
Successful launch of Crew-3 towards the International Space Station
Earliest launch opportunity is 02:51 UTC on November 9 (9:51pm ET on Nov. 8) if mission teams do not pursue the Crew-2 return on November 7/8.
Launch delayed to NET Saturday, November 6 due to a minor medical issue with one of the crew members.
Delayed due to unfavorable weather along Crew Dragon's flight path.
The Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is a human spaceflight program operated by NASA, in association with American aerospace manufacturers Boeing and SpaceX. The program conducts rotations between the expeditions of the International Space Station program, transporting crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon capsules, in the first crewed orbital spaceflights operated by private companies.
The International Space Station programme is tied together by a complex set of legal, political and financial agreements between the sixteen nations involved in the project, governing ownership of the various components, rights to crewing and utilization, and responsibilities for crew rotation and resupply of the International Space Station. It was conceived in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, during the Space Station Freedom project as it was originally called.
NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron as well as ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will relocate the Crew Dragon spacecraft to IDA-3 located at the zenith port of the Harmony module.
NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron as well as ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will answer press questions about their upcoming flight to International Space Station.
Representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program, SpaceX, ESA, and the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing will host a press conference ahead of Crew-3 launch to the International Space Station.
The Crew-3 Crew Dragon will dock autonomously to the International Space Station, carrying NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron as well as ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer to the International Space Station as crew members of Expedition 66.
The Crew-3 Crew Dragon will undock from the International Space Station, carrying NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron as well as ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer. It will then reenter the Earth's atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Crew-3 Crew Dragon will splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron as well as ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer back to Earth after spending six months on the International Space Station.