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Hope it's ok to ask a question on an update thread?  Is it now likely that (think I've seen slippage notification somewhere) this flight will take place before the Boeing next test flight?  i.e. SpaceX will have flown 3 crewed flights, one reusing both a booster and capsule before Boeing have flown once (un-crewed) to the ISS.

Correct. Boeing said it's unlikely they will be able to launch OFT-2 in April due to ISS scheduling, while Crew-2 is currently expected to launch in late April.

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NASA and SpaceX have pushed the launch date of the Crew-2 mission from April 20 to NET April 22, likely in search of an optimal launch window.
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The next Crew Dragon carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station is targeted for April 22 at 6:11am EDT. Sunrise is 6:49am. The launch time gets 22-26 minutes earlier each day.

https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/#.U0NkJ6L-6c4
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No Earlier Than: April 22, 2021
Mission: NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 Mission to the International Space Station
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https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/03/05/next-crew-dragon-launch-set-for-april-22/

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The launch time April 22 is set for 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT), a NASA spokesperson said.

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Assuming the mission — designated Crew-2 — takes off as scheduled April 22, the Crew Dragon will dock with the space station around 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT) on April 23, the NASA spokesperson told Spaceflight Now.

Launch and docking times are from NASA, as currently targeted.

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Call for media: Pre-launch press briefing with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet
[11.03.2021]

Media representatives are invited to a virtual press event with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Tuesday 16 March from 10:30–11:30 GMT (11:30–12:30 CET) to learn more about his second International Space Station mission.

Set to launch on 22 April, Thomas will be the first ESA astronaut to fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon being launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, USA. He will accompany NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

Thomas’ mission is called Alpha after the star Alpha Centauri, located in the same system as Proxima, the name of his first mission.

Thomas is preparing for his launch and training on a new Dragon spacecraft.

 
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11:30–12:30 CET: Press briefing, online

Participants
Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director General
Kirsten MacDonell, ESA ISS Utilisation Planning Team Leader
Thomas Pesquet, ESA Astronaut
Didier Schmitt, Head of the ESA Human and Robotic Exploration Strategy & Coordination Group


This press event will take place online in English and French.

The press conference will be streamed at esawebtv.esa.int

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@Thom_astro will be the fourth European commander to command the ISS, after Frank de Winne in 2009, @Astro_Alex in 2018 and @astro_luca in 2019.
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Mission paperwork has been filed with the FCC for communications during Falcon 9 launch and recovery operations.

0249-EX-ST-2021

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This application uses information from previous grant 1335-EX-ST-2020. This STA is necessary to authorize launch vehicle communications for SpaceX Mission 1402 launching from LC-39a at KSC, and the experimental recovery operation following the Falcon 9 launch. The application includes a sub-orbital first stage, and an orbital second stage. Trajectory data shall be provided directly to NTIA, USAF, and NASA. All downrange Earth stations are receive-only. All operations are pre-coordinated with the Launch Range. Launch licensing authority is FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

Authorization has been granted
https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=269744

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0400-EX-ST-2021

https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=106219

This application uses information from grant 1728-EX-ST-2020. STA is necessary for SARSAT (search and rescue) beacon on the Crew Dragon capsule for the Crew-2 mission. This system uses the COSPAS-SARSAT TAC #706 (type certification) for the beacon, with a custom antenna that is not type certified. A one-time waiver for Crew-2 is submitted as an exhibit to support this temporary authorization for Crew-2 return mission.

Purpose of Operation
Post-splashdown emergency location beacon to support search and rescue operations of the Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft in coordination with Air Force DET3.

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0400-EX-ST-2021

https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=106219

This application uses information from grant 1728-EX-ST-2020. STA is necessary for SARSAT (search and rescue) beacon on the Crew Dragon capsule for the Crew-2 mission. This system uses the COSPAS-SARSAT TAC #706 (type certification) for the beacon, with a custom antenna that is not type certified. A one-time waiver for Crew-2 is submitted as an exhibit to support this temporary authorization for Crew-2 return mission.

Purpose of Operation
Post-splashdown emergency location beacon to support search and rescue operations of the Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft in coordination with Air Force DET3.

I can just see one of them going to BassPro and picking up an off the shelf EPIRB just in case.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.

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From left, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Crew-2 mission specialist; NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, Crew-2 pilot;  NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Crew-2 spacecraft commander;  and  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Crew-2 mission specialist.

credits: SpaceX
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https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2021/03/29/nasa-spacex-continue-crew-2-mission-reviews-while-preparing-for-crew-1-return/

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Following the latest in a series of reviews for the second crew rotation mission with astronauts on an American rocket and spacecraft from the United States, NASA and SpaceX managers and engineers continue to prepare for launch of the Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 6:11 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 22. Mission teams also are targeting the return of the Crew-1 astronauts on Wednesday, April 28, with undocking about 5 a.m. and splashdown approximately 12:35 p.m. off the coast of Florida.

The most recent review on Monday hosted by the International Space Station Program is one of several reviews that include SpaceX and the Commercial Crew Program culminating with the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) April 15. That FRR formally sets the official launch time and date.

With Crew-2 mission preparations continuing, Crew-1 astronauts also are preparing to relocate the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft from one space station docking port to another on April 5 to clear the desired location for Crew-2’s arrival. This is the start of a process that allows Crew-2 to dock to the Harmony Node 2 forward port, freeing up the Node 2 Zenith port – following Crew-1 departure – for extraction of the new solar arrays from the SpaceX CRS-22 cargo mission’s trunk when it arrives.

Crew-2 will be the first mission to fly two international partner crew members as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and  Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.

Following a short handover, Crew-1 NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, plan to return home off the coast of Florida about five days after the Crew-2 arrival to the space station as long as mission priorities and weather cooperate.

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jsc2021e010834 (March 25, 2021) --- Astronaut Megan McArthur of NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 Pilot, is pictured in her pressure suit during a training session at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010828 (March 2, 2021) --- Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) is pictured during training for the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Pesquet, Crew-2 Mission Specialist, is wearing a pressure suit during training activities at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010832 (March 3, 2021) --- The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the (ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010833 (March 25, 2021) --- The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the (ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010836 (March 25, 2021) --- The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the (ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Credit: SpaceX
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jsc2021e010832_ (March 3, 2021) --- The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2, are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. From left are, Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet of the ESA (European Space Agency); Pilot Megan McArthur of NASA; Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA; and Mission Specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010832__ (March 5, 2021) --- Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is pictured during training for the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Hoshide, Crew-2 Mission Specialist, is wearing a pressure suit during training activities at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010829 (March 5, 2021) --- Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is pictured during training for the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Hoshide, Crew-2 Mission Specialist, is wearing a pressure suit during training activities at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010826 (March 24, 2021) --- Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Specialist, poses for a portrait in his pressure suit at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010823 (March 24, 2021) --- Astronaut Megan McArthur of NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 Pilot, poses for a portrait in her pressure suit at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010824 (March 24, 2021) --- Astronaut Shane Kimbrough of NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 Commander, poses for a portrait in his pressure suit at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX

jsc2021e010825 (March 24, 2021) --- Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Specialist, poses for a portrait in his pressure suit at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX
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Mar 30, 2021
NASA Invites Public to Share Excitement of Agency’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission

By Emily McLeod Sulkes
NASA's Kennedy Space Center

NASA invites the public to take part in virtual activities and events ahead of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. Liftoff of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts is targeted for no earlier than 6:11 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and  Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively – along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists. 

The crew is scheduled to work aboard the International Space Station through the fall of 2021, conducting science research in areas such as medical technology, human health, and materials to benefit life on Earth.

Live coverage and countdown commentary will begin at 2 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and Theta.TV.

Members of the public can attend the launch virtually, receiving mission updates and opportunities normally reserved for on-site guests. NASA’s virtual guest experience for Crew-2 includes curated launch resources, a behind-the-scenes look at the mission, notifications about NASA social interactions, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp following a successful launch.

Organizations hosting launch-focused events are also encouraged to register and let NASA know that you’re doing so. This would include school groups, museums, or even colleagues watching together! If you plan to gather in person with others to watch the launch, NASA recommends following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and local rules regarding COVID-19.

Members of the public and organizations can share in the journey through a variety of activities, including:

Virtual Launch Passport

Print, fold, and get ready to fill your virtual passport. Stamps will be emailed following launches to those who register via email through Eventbrite.

Watch and Engage on Social Media

Stay connected with the mission on social media, and let people know you’re following Crew-2 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. Follow and tag these accounts:

    Twitter: @NASA, @Commercial_Crew, @Space_Station, @NASAKennedy
    Facebook: NASA, NASACommercialCrew, ISS Facebook, Kennedy Space Center
    Instagram: NASA, ISS Instagram, NASAKennedy

Click here to find out more about the Crew-2 mission.
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The flight suit boots look different from the previous missions. Have they been modified ?

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The flight suit boots look different from the previous missions. Have they been modified ?
Yes - now the boots are higher and design look different:

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The flight suit boots look different from the previous missions. Have they been modified ?
Yes - now the boots are higher and design look different:
I believe those are just protective covers on the boots.  If you zoom in, you can see they come up over the pleats on the suit legs instead of integrating into the suit.

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