SpaceX Crew-3

Summary

SpaceX Crew-3
SpaceX Crew Dragon (cropped).jpg
Artists' impression of a Crew Dragon approaching the forward port of Harmony on the ISS
Mission typeISS crew transport
OperatorSpaceX
Mission duration180 days (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCrew Dragon[1]
ManufacturerSpaceX
Launch mass12,519 kg (27,600 lb)
Landing mass9,616 kg (21,200 lb)
Crew
Members
ExpeditionExpedition 66
Start of mission
Launch dateOctober 31 2021 (planned)[2]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5 (B1067.2)[3]
Launch siteKennedy LC-39A
ContractorSpaceX
End of mission
Landing dateApril 30, 2022 (Estimated)
Landing siteAtlantic Ocean
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Docking with International Space Station
Docking portHarmony forward
Undocking dateApril 29, 2022 (Estimated)
Time docked90-120 days (planned)
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NASA Crew-3 insignia by Gregory Manchess[4]
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(L-R) Chari, Marshburn, Maurer and Barron 

SpaceX Crew-3 will be the third crewed operational NASA Commercial Crew flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the fifth overall crewed orbital flight. The mission is currently planned for launch on 31 October 2021.[2] At a NASA briefing held on 2 May 2021, Steve Stich, program manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, said Crew-3 will use a new Crew Dragon that is currently being built.[5] The Crew-3 mission will transport three NASA astronauts and one ESA astronaut to the International Space Station for a six-month long-duration mission.

Crew

The mission will send up German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer.[6][7][8] NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn were added on 14 December 2020 to the crew.[9][10] The fourth seat was left open in anticipation that a Russian cosmonaut would take the seat, marking the beginning of a barter agreement that would see NASA and Roscosmos trade seats on the Soyuz and Commercial Crew Vehicles, although in April 2021 then-acting NASA administration Steve Jurczyk said that this agreement would be unlikely to start until after Crew-3 had launched.[11] The fourth seat was assigned to Kayla Barron in May 2021.[12]

Prime crew
Position Astronaut
Spacecraft commander United States Raja Chari, NASA
Expedition 66
First spaceflight
Pilot United States Thomas Marshburn, NASA
Expedition 66
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Germany Matthias Maurer, ESA
Expedition 66
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 United States Kayla Barron, NASA
Expedition 66
First spaceflight
[13][7][9][10][12]


Backup crew
Position Astronaut
Spacecraft commander United States Kjell N. Lindgren, NASA
Pilot United States Robert Hines, NASA
Mission Specialist 1 Italy Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA
Mission Specialist 2 United States Stephanie Wilson, NASA
[14] [15] [16]

Mission

The third SpaceX operational mission in the Commercial Crew Program is currently scheduled to launch on 31 October 2021.[2]

The European segment of the mission is called "Cosmic Kiss".[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ With the Inspiration4 mission, SpaceX Crew-3 is scheduled to use a new Dragon
  2. ^ a b c Sempsrott, Danielle (14 June 2021). "NASA, SpaceX Update Crew Launch and Return Dates". NASA. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  3. ^ "CRS-22 Mission Overview" (PDF). Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  4. ^ @Astro_Raja (17 May 2021). "Excited @Astro_Kayla joining @astro_matthias @AstroMarshburn & me on @NASA #Crew3 msn. To go to @Space_Station w/ a…" (Tweet). Retrieved 17 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "NASA briefing crew-2 splashdown".
  6. ^ Brown, Mike (1 October 2020). "SpaceX and NASA Detail a Packed 12 months for Crew Dragon: What to Know". Inverse. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ a b Becker, Joachim Wilhelm Josef (13 November 2020). "Spaceflight mission report: SpaceX Crew-3". Space Facts. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ Manned Spaceflight Tweets [@MannedTweets] (8 September 2020). "ESA astronaut, Matthias Maurer, will fly on Crew-3 in October 2021" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ a b Potter, Sean (14 December 2020). "NASA, ESA Choose Astronauts for SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station". NASA. Retrieved 14 December 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  10. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (29 December 2020). "Three astronauts assigned to Crew Dragon mission in late 2021". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  11. ^ Clark, Stephen. "NASA chief: Russian cosmonauts unlikely fly on U.S. crew capsules until next year". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 24 April 2021..
  12. ^ a b "Kayla Barron Joins NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station". NASA. 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  13. ^ "NASA assigns astronauts for third SpaceX commercial crew mission". SpaceNews. 14 December 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  14. ^ Whiting, Melanie (7 March 2016). "Kjell N. Lindgren (M.D.) NASA Astronaut". NASA. Retrieved 7 May 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  15. ^ "Robert Hines NASA Astronaut". NASA. 26 April 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  16. ^ @AstroMarshburn (12 June 2021). "Had a great week in Cologne, Germany, home of our crewmate @astro_matthias Our backup, @Astro_Stephanie joined us f…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer officially assigned first flight". esa.int. ESA. 14 December 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.