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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 is scheduled for launch early Thursday morning aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo
March 1 (UPI) — The Crew-6 Mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket early Thursday after a three-day delay.
NASA’s mission is targeting a launch at 12:34 a.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SpaceX webcast of the launch will go live a half hour before its scheduled launch. NASA Live will also stream the launch.
Early Wednesday afternoon, NASA said the Crew-6 launch is a “go” following a series of prelaunch tests of the Crew Dragon capsule and the rocket, plus a favorable weather report.
Monday’s planned launch was postponed at the last minute due to an issue with the Falcon 9 ignition system. NASA’s launch window to the International Space Station relies partly on the station’s orbit around the Earth. In a blog post, the agency said there is a 95% chance of favorable conditions.
Crew-6 will relieve Crew-5 of its duties in orbit when it arrives at the station. Crew-5 is to return to Earth in the coming week.
NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, mission commander and pilot Warren “Woody” Hoburg will be joined by United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev.
They are to arrive at the space station about 25 hours after launch with an estimated arrival of 1:17 a.m. Friday.
Once aboard the space station, the crew will perform maintenance, research activities and provide technology demonstrations, according to NASA.