SpaceX is scheduled to launch its third crew to the International Space Station early Friday morning, with two astronauts from NASA, one from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the first astronaut from the European Space Agency to transport a private spacecraft from the US to a orbit around the earth. The four-man crew will launch Friday at 5:49 AM ET on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Dubbed Crew-2, the mission marks the second operational mission under the Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s public-private initiative to revive its manned spaceflight capabilities after a 10-year dependence on Russian missiles. It’s the first time NASA astronauts will fly with a repurposed crew capsule – the Crew-2 ride first flew in May 2020 as SpaceX’s first astronaut mission, with Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board.
The crew consists of NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, the mission’s space commander, and Megan McArthur, who serves as the pilot. JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, a French aerospace engineer, will serve as mission specialists. All astronauts will be in Florida prior to launch and will wake up at 11:09 PM ET on Thursday to prepare for flight.
NASA’s live coverage of the mission starts hours before launch, at 1:30 a.m.ET on Friday. Launch is at 5:49 AM ET. The trip to the International Space Station will take just under a day – the crew will dock at the Space Station on Saturday, April 24, at around 5:10 a.m. ET. They stay at the station for six months.
WHAT TIME IS SPACEX’S CREW-2 LAUNCH?
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday, April 23.
Scheduled start time: New York: 5:49 AM / San Francisco: 2:49 AM / London: 10:49 AM / Berlin: 11:49 AM / Moscow: 12:49 PM / New Delhi: 3:19 PM / Beijing: 5:49 PM hours / Tokyo: 6:49 AM / Melbourne: 7:49 PM