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Some of my training at the European Astronaut Centre last week was together with my @nasaastronauts colleagues Michael Barratt, @Astro_Jeanette, @dominickmatthew and @astro_pettit. 🧑🏽‍🚀

All the discussions that sparked and the research and development possibilities identifed were highly stimulating!

Of course, the excellent @DLR breakfast after our blood draws helped keeping creativity at top level.

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Crew-8?  Or B1083.1?
Cross-posting a thought:
Whence B1082 after the October 14 Static Fire?
Still at McGregor?
Transported to Florida or Vandenberg?  If Florida, intended for Axiom-3?

Edit December 13:  No, it's B1080.5.
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Endeavour C206.5:
The mission insignia for the SpaceX Crew-8 mission
jsc2023e047228 (Aug. 2, 2023) --- The mission insignia for the SpaceX Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station depicts a Dragon crew spacecraft launching toward the orbital outpost with its engines firing in the shape of a dragon curled as the number eight.

Source:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/53124798932/in/photostream/
But, spacecraft identity is not mentioned on the patch.

And, belated cross-post:
SN Crew-6 returns to Earth, by Jeff Foust, Sep 4
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Endeavour, which completed its fourth flight with Crew-6, will be refurbished for use on Crew-8, scheduled for February 2024. The five-month turnaround is typical for Crew Dragon spacecraft, said Steve Stich, NASA commercial crew program manager. One area of focus will be propellant valves, he said, looking for any corrosion that was seen on a cargo Dragon mission launched in June.

NASA has certified Crew Dragon for five flights, but SpaceX expects to be able to reuse each spacecraft up to 15 times. “All of the data so far continues to indicate that’s possible,” Reed said, although it will require “a certain amount of additional refurbishment” for the vehicles.
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Might Crew-8 move to SLC-40 to de-conflict LC-39A?
Quote from: NASA Space Operations tweet
.@NASA, @Axiom_Space, and @SpaceX teams now are targeting no earlier than Wednesday, Jan. 17, to launch Axiom Mission 3 to the @Space_Station from the @NASAKennedy Launch Complex 39A due to recent unfavorable weather conditions and changes in SpaceX’s launch manifest.

Learn more about the Axiom Mission 3 crew: https://nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-partners-clear-axiom-spaces-third-private-astronaut-crew
[Dec 21]
[Launch was tentatively scheduled for SLC-40.]

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Intuitive Machines IM-1 Lunar Mission Launch Update

Intuitive Machines, Inc. (Nasdaq: LUNR, LUNRW) (“Intuitive Machines”) (“Company”), a leading space exploration, infrastructure, and services company, announced in coordination with SpaceX, launch of the Company’s IM-1 lunar mission is now targeted for a multi-day launch window that opens no earlier than mid-February 2024. The updated window comes after unfavorable weather conditions resulted in shifts in the SpaceX launch manifest.

The mid-February launch window is the next available opportunity to launch IM-1 given the monthly lunar blackout period; the IM-1 mission Nova-C lunar lander is targeted to land near the south pole of the Moon, requiring specific lighting conditions that are only available for a handful of days each month.

The Company’s IM-1 mission Nova-C lunar lander remains ready. As previously announced, Intuitive Machines delivered its IM-1 mission Nova-C lunar lander to Cape Canaveral, Florida, earlier this month. Since arriving in Florida, the IM-1 lunar lander has completed major system tests, verification, and certification milestones and is prepared for integration with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

The Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission will be the Company’s first attempted lunar landing as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (“CLPS”) initiative, a key part of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration efforts. The science and technology payloads sent to the Moon’s surface as part of CLPS intend to lay the foundation for human missions and a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.

https://www.intuitivemachines.com/post/intuitive-machines-im-1-lunar-mission-launch-update
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Might Crew-8 move to SLC-40 to de-conflict LC-39A?

Depends on if NASA has certified SLC-40 for crew launches by then.

As this is a ISS mission, it has higher priority then IM-1 so don't be supersized if IM-1 gets pushed to March if SLC-40 isn't ready.

But if they're able to fit both into the schedule (ie. Crew-8 launching from 39A at the beginning or the end of the month with enough turnaround time), then that's what they'll aim for...
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Might Crew-8 move to SLC-40 to de-conflict LC-39A?

Depends on if NASA has certified SLC-40 for crew launches by then.

As this is a ISS mission, it has higher priority then IM-1 so don't be supersized if IM-1 gets pushed to March if SLC-40 isn't ready.

But if they're able to fit both into the schedule (ie. Crew-8 launching from 39A at the beginning or the end of the month with enough turnaround time), then that's what they'll aim for...
Crew-8 launched on 26 August, so 26 Feb is six months later. However, CCP missions have averaged more like 5.5 months, not six. I don't know what NASA's planning rules are, but I suspect they prefer to have a little slack for contingencies. That puts Crew-8 smack in the middle of February.  Crew-2 stayed up for 199 days because Crew-3 was delayed. Thy ran out of time and had to start home 2 days before Crew-3 showed up.

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Cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, member of #Crew8, as well as his backup Alexander Gorbunov, passed the medical and were declared ready for flight which is scheduled for February 2024.

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With the launch of IM-1 scheduled for February 10th, I suspect a launch in Late-February should be possible for Crew-8.

Ben Cooper (Updated December 29th)
Targeting February 10th
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A Falcon 9 will launch the Intuitive Machines IM-1 Nova-C lunar lander from pad 39A on February 10.
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With the launch of IM-1 scheduled for February 10th, I suspect a launch in Late-February should be possible for Crew-8.

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Targeting February 10th
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A Falcon 9 will launch the Intuitive Machines IM-1 Nova-C lunar lander from pad 39A on February 10.
https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html
26 February would leave Crew-7 at ISS for 6 months. That is a nominal mission, but NASA seems to actually only go 170 days or less on average, so it cuts into their contingency reserve. How soon after IM-1 can Crew-8 launch?

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Re: SLC-40 Crew/Cargo Dragon launches:
NSF SpaceX closes out record-breaking 2023, prepares for more records in 2024, December 31, by Alejandro Alcantarilla Romera
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However, Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) is still the only launchpad that can support Dragon flights. Due to recent schedule adjustments, SLC-40’s crew access tower is now unlikely to support a Dragon mission until at least March 2024.

Crew-8 launches from LC-39A.
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Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA’s eighth rotational mission of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Endeavour spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a science expedition. This mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission is targeted for no earlier than mid-February from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch will carry NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, commander; Michael Barratt, pilot; and Jeanette Epps, mission specialist; along with Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, mission specialist. This is the first spaceflight for Dominick, Epps, and Grebenkin, and the third spaceflight for Barratt.

Following a short handover period, astronauts from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission are scheduled for return to Earth aboard their SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft.


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Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated January 17:
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A Falcon 9 will launch the next crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station, Crew-8, from pad 39A on late February, likely around midnight EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.
= ~~05:00 UTC
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.@NASA will host a pair of news conferences Thursday, Jan. 25, from @NASA_Johnson in Houston to highlight upcoming crew rotation missions to the @Space_Station.

A mission overview news conference will begin at 1 p.m. EST and cover NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission to the microgravity laboratory and Expeditions 70/71. A crew news conference will start at 2:30 p.m., followed by individual astronaut interviews at 3:30 p.m.

Learn more: https://nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-sets-briefings-for-crew-8-international-space-station-missions/

https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-sets-briefings-for-crew-8-international-space-station-missions/

NASA Sets Briefings for Crew-8, International Space Station Missions
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NASA will host a pair of news conferences Thursday, Jan. 25, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to highlight upcoming crew rotation missions to the International Space Station.

A mission overview news conference will begin at 1 p.m. EST and cover NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission to the microgravity laboratory and Expeditions 70/71. A crew news conference will start at 2:30 p.m., followed by individual astronaut interviews at 3:30 p.m.

Both news conferences will be available on the NASA+ streaming service via the web or NASA app, and will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, YouTube, and the agency’s website. Learn how to stream NASA TV through a variety of platforms including social media.

The Crew-8 mission, targeted to launch in mid-February, will carry NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, and Jeanette Epps, as well as Alexander Grebenkin of Roscosmos to the space station. NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson, scheduled to launch to the space station on the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft on March 21, also will participate in the crew briefing and interviews.

For the Crew-8 mission, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the crew aboard a Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the company’s eighth crew rotation mission for NASA. Dyson will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

This event is the final media opportunity to speak to the Crew-8 astronauts before they travel to Kennedy for launch. Media wishing to participate in person or seeking a remote interview with the crew must request credentials no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, from the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 or [email protected].

Media interested in participating by phone must contact the Johnson newsroom by 9:45 a.m. the day of the event.

Briefing participants include (all times Eastern):

1 p.m.: Mission Overview News Conference

Ken Bowersox, associate administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA Johnson
Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station Program, NASA Johnson
Sarah Walker, director, Dragon Mission Management, SpaceX
Sergei Krikalev, executive director, Human Space Flight Programs, Roscosmos
2:30 p.m.: Crew News Conference

Tracy Dyson, flight engineer
Matthew Dominick, spacecraft commander
Michael Barratt, pilot
Jeanette Epps, mission specialist
Alexander Grebenkin, mission specialist
3:30 p.m.: Individual Crew Interview Opportunities

Crew-8 members and Dyson available for a limited number of interviews
More about space station crew

Full crew biographies are linked above. Below are highlights of their spaceflight experience.

NASA selected Tracy C. Dyson as an astronaut in June 1998, and during her previous two flights, she logged more than 188 days in space. Dyson first launched aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on STS-118 in 2007, serving as a mission specialist. During the mission, the crew added the starboard-5 truss segment to the station’s “backbone” and a new gyroscope. In 2010, Dyson served as flight engineer for Expedition 23/24 and performed three spacewalks, logging 22 hours and 49 minutes outside the station as she helped remove and replace a failed pump module for one of two external ammonia circulation loops that keep internal and external equipment cool.

Matthew Dominick will serve as commander for Crew-8, his first spaceflight after being selected as an astronaut in 2017. During Expedition 70/71 aboard the space station, he will serve as a mission specialist. Follow @dominickmatthew on X.

Michael Barratt is the Crew-8 pilot, making his third visit to the space station. In 2009, Barratt served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 19/20 as the station transitioned its standard crew complement from three to six, and performed two spacewalks. He flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 2011 on STS-133, which delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module and fourth Express Logistics Carrier. Barratt has spent a total of 212 days in space. During Expedition 70/71, he will serve as a mission specialist.

Jeanette Epps was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2009 and is a mission specialist aboard Crew-8, her first spaceflight, working with the commander and pilot to monitor the spacecraft during the dynamic launch and re-entry phases of flight. She will serve as a flight engineer during Expeditions 70/71. Follow @Astro_Jeanette on X.

Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin is flying on his first mission. He will serve as a flight engineer during Expeditions 70/71.

Learn more about how NASA innovates for the benefit of humanity through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 Visits Dragon, Tests Equipment Ahead of Launch

Jason Costa Posted on January 17, 2024

Crew members set to fly aboard NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission recently visited the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to rehearse launch day activities and get a close look at the spacecraft that will take them to the International Space Station.
NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 crew members participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test.
From left to right, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, NASA astronauts Michael Barratt, Matthew Dominick, and Jeanette Epps participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission. Photo credit: SpaceX

As part of the Crew Equipment Interface Test, NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, commander; Michael Barratt, pilot; and mission specialist Jeanette Epps, as well as Roscosmos cosmonaut mission specialist Alexander Grebenkin, gathered at SpaceX’s refurbishment facility at nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, put on their flight suits, entered the spacecraft, performed leak checks, and completed communications checkouts.

The crew familiarized themselves with the interior of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and listened to the Dragon’s fans and pumps while inside in preparation for sounds they can expect to hear during the flight. Crew-8 will fly to the space station aboard Dragon, named Endeavour, which previously supported NASA’s Demo-2, Crew-2, and Crew-6 missions, as well as Axiom Space’s Axiom Mission 1 to and from the orbiting laboratory.

The Crew-8 astronauts also took a familiarization tour of Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, completed emergency training, and rode the elevator to the top of the launch pad’s tower to enjoy the panoramic view of the Florida spaceport. Crew-8 is targeted to launch from the pad on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than mid-February 2024.

As part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, Crew-8 marks the ninth human spaceflight mission supported by a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and the eighth crew rotation mission to the space station since 2020 for NASA.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/crew-8/2024/01/17/nasas-spacex-crew-8-visits-dragon-tests-equipment-ahead-of-launch/

From left to right, Roscosmos cosmonaut mission specialist Alexander Grebenkin; NASA astronauts Michael Barratt, pilot; Matthew Dominick, commander; and mission specialist Jeanette Epps, who will fly aboard NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8, participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Photo credit: SpaceX

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More photos of Crew-8 in training for their launch late next month. It's been an honor to meet so many wonderful people along the way.

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Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated January 23:
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A Falcon 9 will launch the next crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station, Crew-8, from pad 39A on mid to late February, at midnight or later EST. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.
~~05:00 to ~~11:00 UTC?
Hedging between mid and late February.

And, SFN Launch Schedule, updated January 23:
Launch late February
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Russian sources claim NET February 18:

https://tass.ru/kosmos/19802649
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MOSCOW, January 24. /TASS/. The start of the Crew-8 mission, which includes Russian cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin, is scheduled for February 18, follows from the report of the head of the department of the Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, Rafail Murtazin, as part of the XLVIII Academic Readings on Cosmonautics in Memory of S.P. Korolev ("Royal Readings").
“[Start of mission] Crew-8 - 18.2 (February 18 - TASS note),” says Murtazin’s presentation slide. The crew will go into orbit on the American ship Crew Dragon.
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Pad changeover from IM-1 on 14th to Crew Dragon for Crew-8 on 18th sounds remarkably tight? Perhaps 18th date was from before IM-1 moved from 10th to 14th?

Or maybe that 18th is a NET that only applies if IM-1 is delayed a month?
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Cross-post re: Cygnus NG-20, possibly pertaining to Crew-8:
NextSpaceflight (Updated January 24th?)
First Stage B1077-10
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7069

Soo...what will happen with B1072 now?
Assigned to Crew-8?
Which begs the question, "What launch will B1083.1 carry?"
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The next crewed mission to the station, @SpaceX #Crew8, will be introduced from @NASA_Johnson live on @NASA TV at 1pm ET on Thursday. Have questions? #AskNASA. https://nasa.gov/nasatv/

(From left) Alexander Grebenkin, Michael Barratt, Matthew Dominick, and Jeanette Epps.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1750235770974007702

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