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How many Crew Dragons does SpaceX have in its fleet?
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How many Crew Dragons does SpaceX have in its fleet?

Four (Endeavour, Endurance, Resilience, Freedom)

https://www.elonx.net/list-of-dragon-capsules/

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How many Crew Dragons does SpaceX have in its fleet?

Four (Endeavour, Endurance, Resilience, Freedom)

https://www.elonx.net/list-of-dragon-capsules/

SpaceX does not intend to build any more Crew Dragons. Crew-5 is the eighth mission. SpaceX (and NASA?) have rated the capsules for 5 flights apiece, so 20 total (12 more). The existing manifest has 12 more missions. My guess: they will re-evaluate and extend past 5 missions per capsule.

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How many Crew Dragons does SpaceX have in its fleet?

Four (Endeavour, Endurance, Resilience, Freedom)

https://www.elonx.net/list-of-dragon-capsules/
SpaceX does not intend to build any more Crew Dragons. Crew-5 is the eighth mission. SpaceX (and NASA?) have rated the capsules for 5 flights apiece, so 20 total (12 more). The existing manifest has 12 more missions. My guess: they will re-evaluate and extend past 5 missions per capsule.

Count as well Axiom missions and Jared's.
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At the risk of repeating a movie line... it's not entirely true. I'm still hearing a 5th crew capsule is under construction at Hawthorne. Whether they decide to move ahead with full build of it could be different of course but I suspect they'd like to have an extra one around that is just not long from finished so they can put it in the fleet in a "just in case" scenario.

We'll see though, not the same certification requirements for crew or cargo so re-certification may be harder past 5 flights for crew capsules than cargo. All of this is of course not really related to Crew-5...

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At the risk of repeating a movie line... it's not entirely true. I'm still hearing a 5th crew capsule is under construction at Hawthorne. Whether they decide to move ahead with full build of it could be different of course but I suspect they'd like to have an extra one around that is just not long from finished so they can put it in the fleet in a "just in case" scenario.

We'll see though, not the same certification requirements for crew or cargo so re-certification may be harder past 5 flights for crew capsules than cargo. All of this is of course not really related to Crew-5...
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twitter.com/spacex/status/1577397891168993280

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Falcon 9 and Dragon are looking good for tomorrow’s Crew-5 launch at 12:00 p.m. ET; teams are keeping an eye on winds along the ascent corridor. Webcast will go live at 8:35 a.m. ET → spacex.com/launches/crew-…

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Targeting later that day, at 4:10 p.m. PT, for Falcon 9’s launch of Starlink from California
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Thie is funny..

Video message from GITAI IN1, an insect-shaped robot arm to astronaut Koichi Wakata..

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WATCH THE LAUNCH OF SPACEX CREW 5

L-MINUS 24hrs

SpaceX & NASA join forces once again, to bring #humancooperation to the #ISS.

#falcon9 will launch from Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida 12p.m. ET, 16:00 UTC

https://twitter.com/SpaceHumanity/status/1577344767373242368

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https://blogs.nasa.gov/crew-5/2022/10/04/nasa-spacex-proceeding-to-crew-5-launch/

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NASA, SpaceX Proceeding to Crew-5 Launch

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station.

Crew-5 launch remains targeted for noon EDT Wednesday, Oct. 5, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, is scheduled to dock to the space station at 4:57 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Throughout the day, mission teams reviewed the status of the Falcon 9 recovery ship, called Just Read the Instructions, which is ready to support booster recovery. SpaceX teams also successfully replaced a thrust vector control actuator on one of nine Merlin first stage engines and fixed a small leak in the portable fire extinguisher system inside Dragon. Both changes were found in the process of final prelaunch verification checkouts and ensure we have the best systems in place to support a crew launch.

Weather officials with the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron continue to predict a greater than 90% chance of favorable weather conditions at the launch pad for liftoff of the Crew-5 mission based on Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch weather criteria. The primary weather concerns for the launch area are the cumulus cloud and flight through precipitation rules. Teams also will monitor weather conditions both for the launch area and downrange for the flight of Dragon, which remain a watch item due to high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ian along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Crew-5 prelaunch, launch, and docking will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. Follow along at:

www.nasa.gov/live

The Crew-5 flight will carry NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina to the space station for a science expedition mission. The astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft and will launch on a new Falcon 9 booster.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, Oct. 5

8:30 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins. NASA Television will have continuous mission coverage to docking and coverage of hatch open and the welcome ceremony.

1:30 p.m. (approximately) – Postlaunch News Conference on NASA TV

Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, Kennedy
Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, Johnson
Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA’s Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
Sergei Krikalev, executive director, Human Space Flight Programs, Roscosmos

Media may ask questions in-person and via phone. Limited auditorium space will be available for in-person participation. For the dial-in number and passcode, please contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at: [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 6

4:57 p.m. – Docking to the International Space Station

6:42 p.m. – Hatch Opening

8:15 p.m. – Welcome Ceremony

Follow along with launch activities on the commercial crew blog. Learn more about commercial crew and space station activities by following @Commercial_Crew, @space_station, and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the Commercial Crew Facebook, ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

Author Patti Bielling
Posted on October 4, 2022
Categories Commercial Crew, Commercial Spaceflight, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, NASA Astronauts, SpaceX, SpaceX Crew-5
Tags Commercial Crew Program, Crew-4, Crew-5, Dragon spacecraft Endurance, Falcon 9 rocket, International Space Station, Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 39A, NASA, NASA's SpaceX Crew-5 mission, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4, spacex

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon Endurance spacecraft atop, is vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 1, 2022, ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 launch, targeted for noon EDT on Oct. 5, 2022. Photo credit: SpaceX

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GT: Preparations are well underway for tomorrow's launch. I can't go to the barber because I'm in the isolated astronaut dormitory, but I had my hair cut by my crewmate, Astronaut Kikina, and I felt refreshed. Thank you very much.

https://twitter.com/Astro_Wakata/status/1577438608012648449

GT: I was able to watch the beautiful launch of the Atlas5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with my fellow crew members. Tomorrow is the launch of Crew-5, which we will be on board.

https://twitter.com/Astro_Wakata/status/1577436452807491584


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The #Crew5 launch remains targeted for 12pm EDT Wednesday, Oct. 5, from Launch Complex 39A.

The Dragon spacecraft, named Endurance, is scheduled to dock to the space station at 4:57pm Thursday, Oct. 6.

https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/1577431019678228481


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LAUNCH SECURITY ZONES FOR 10/5/22: SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-5 will be launching Wednesday, October 5th, targeting a 12:00pm EDT launch window.A U.S. Coast Guard Security Zone will be activated starting at 9:55am EDT. Port Canaveral will not be closed during the launch..

https://twitter.com/Reesjones123/status/1577441396809928705

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All remains on track for a 12pm EDT liftoff of Crew-5 from LC-39A @NASAKennedy, tomorrow morning..

Range Weather remains 80% GO. Teams are tracking no technical issues with either vehicle…

https://twitter.com/BrandonMWynn/status/1577454631600492544

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Another shot of #Falcon9 ahead of the #Crew5 mission. Lift off 10.5.22 at noon EDT.

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Russian cosmonaut Kikina to travel to ISS aboard SpaceX.

Kikina is the first Russian cosmonaut to participate in the seat-swap program of NASA and Roscosmos.

4 OCT, 21:28

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER /US/, October 5. /TASS/. Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina is to travel to the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard US spacecraft Crew Dragon.

Kikina is the first Russian cosmonaut to participate in the seat-swap program of NASA and Roscosmos. Talks on the agreement began last year and continued even after the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022. On July 15, Roscosmos reported that it had signed an agreement on joint cross-flights to the ISS with NASA which involves three flights of Russian cosmonauts aboard the US Crew Dragon.

The crew also includes NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada and JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata. The launch was initially scheduled for October 3, but was postponed over due to Hurricane Ian. The hurricane in Florida did not damage the launch pad or the Falcon 9 caarrier rocket.

US astronaut Frank Rubio was taken to the ISS by Russia’s Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft on September 21 as part of the Russian-US seat-swap agreement.

Flight schedule
The crew will start boarding the plane at 8:40 local time (15:40 Moscow time). The blastoff is scheduled for Wednesday noon (19:00 Moscow time). NASA was positive about perspectives for the launch on Wednesday, saying that both the spacecraft and the carrier rocket are ready, and weather forecasts are favorable.

The automatic docking with the ISS is scheduled for 16:57 on October 6 (EST, 23:57 Moscow time on October 5). The orbital mission is expected to continue for 145 days.

Kikina’s flight
On September 8, Kikina departed to Houston, United States, to undergo pre-mission training prior to her flight to the International Space Station (ISS). She arrived at the launch facility in Florida on October 8.

Cosmonaut Dmitry Petelin, who is also a TASS special correspondent aboard the ISS, reported that the Russian crew was preparing to greet its new member. In his words, Kikina will stay in the living compartment of Russia’s Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. Moreover, Petelin and his colleague Sergey Prokopyev are preparing a welcoming surprise for Kikina, but have chosen to keep the details of it secret.

During her orbital mission, Kikina will operate the ERA robotic hand during one of spacewalks.

Space cooperation
Although Russian-US ties have deteriorated due to the conflict in Ukraine, Roscosmos and NASA maintain close cooperation and ties. NASA ISS Program Manager Joel Montalbano said during a press conference on Tuesday that the US agency maintains a full staff in Moscow despite the recommendations from the US Department of State to leave the Russian territory.

Kathy Lueders, NASA's space operations chief, earlier said the US space agency valued cooperation and professional relations with Roscosmos despite the complicated geopolitical situation.

https://tass.com/science/1517813

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