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L-2 weather forecast.  Thursday is still 80% 'Go'.  Upper-level wind shear risk has increased from low to moderate.  Booster recovery weather risk is still moderate.  Friday has improved from 80% to 90% 'Go'.  Upper-level wind shear risk has decreased from moderate to low.  Booster recovery weather risk is still low.

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LRR this morning is GO for launch

Edit to add: the extra LOX issue from the FRR is ok to proceed with. Exception has been closed (values within analysis range and does not cause any concerns for the mission)

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Down range weather, in event of abort and recovery, is looking trickier than launch weather. Potentially high winds and waves as front moves through.

Friday currently looking bit better than Thursday.

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Replay of the prelaunch news update on NASA's SpaceX Crew-2, set for liftoff April 22 at 6:11am ET.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1384477361136091139

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Crew-2 Launch Readiness Review Complete, Tune in to News Conference at 8 a.m. EDT

Linda Herridge Posted on April 20, 2021

Mission managers with NASA and SpaceX have completed the Launch Readiness Review for the Crew-2 mission that will lift off from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon carrying four astronauts is scheduled to launch Thursday, April 22 at 6:11 a.m. EDT.

A prelaunch news conference began at approximately 8 a.m. live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Participants are:

Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, Kennedy Space Center
Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, Johnson Space Center
Kirt Costello, chief scientist, International Space Station Program, Johnson
Norm Knight, deputy manager, Flight Operations Directorate, Johnson
Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station Program, JAXA
Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
Brian Cizek, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, U.S. Space Force

Media may ask questions via phone only.

Follow along with launch activities and get more information about the mission at: http://www.nasa.gov/crew-2. 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.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/crew-2/2021/04/20/crew-2-launch-readiness-review-complete-tune-in-to-news-conference-at-8-a-m-edt/

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Have you joined our virtual @NASASocial yet?

At 11 a.m. ET, we’ll be chatting with subject matter experts about the upcoming Crew-2 mission and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time. Don’t miss out:

https://twitter.com/NASAKennedy/status/1384507870281179138

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission is ‘Go’ for Launch April 22

Linda Herridge Posted on April 20, 2021

A SpaceX Crew-2 prelaunch news conference was held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 20, 2021. Participants included, from left to right: Steve Stich, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program; Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station Program; Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX; Norm Knight, deputy manager, Flight Operations Directorate; Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station Program, JAXA; Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA; Kirt Costello, chief scientist, International Space Station Program; and Brian Cizek, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, U.S. Space Force. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
During a prelaunch news conference earlier this morning, Wednesday, April 20, mission managers with NASA and SpaceX have confirmed they are proceeding toward April 22 at 6:11 a.m. EDT for the Crew-2 mission that will launch from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station.

“We’re ‘go’ for launch,” said Steve Stich, manager of the Commercial Crew Program at Kennedy Space Center. “Both Thursday and Friday launch weather looks good, with concern of winds around the pad for Thursday. Downrange weather is trickier as the front and the winds combine to create winds and waves. Friday looks better than Thursday, but we’ll continue to watch; we have another briefing tomorrow and will decide when the right time to make a decision is.”

Crew-2 mission astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will head to the space station for a six-month science mission in the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A.

“I’m honored to be here, excited to fly crew again, and to do it so quickly,” said Benji Reed, senior director of Human Spaceflight Programs at SpaceX. “In less than a year, we will have flown as many people in this NASA partnership than were flown with the Mercury program. Thanks to our partners NASA, ESA, JAXA, and the families who trust us with their family members.”

Crew-2 is the second crew rotation flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the space station and the first carrying two international crew members.

“It’s an exciting time. The crew is doing fine. They’re getting ready for launch,” said Norm Knight, deputy manager for Flight Operations at Johnson Space Center. “These reviews have been very thorough. Safety is number one. We’re looking forward to a very successful mission.”

The U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions for lift off at the launch pad of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon based on Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch weather criteria. The primary weather concerns for the launch area will be liftoff winds. Teams also are monitoring weather conditions downrange for the flight of Crew Dragon.

On Wednesday, April 21, acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk will participate in a briefing at the Countdown Clock at Kennedy Space Center’s News Center at 8:30 a.m. along with the following participants:

Bob Cabana, Kennedy center director
Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA’s Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
NASA astronaut, Jasmin Moghbeli
NASA TV coverage of Crew-2 launch preparations and liftoff will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, April 22. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station Friday, April 23, at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Follow along with launch activities and get more information about the mission at: http://www.nasa.gov/crew-2. 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.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2021/04/20/nasas-spacex-crew-2-mission-is-go-for-launch-april-22/

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Have you joined our virtual @NASASocial yet?

At 11 a.m. ET, we’ll be chatting with subject matter experts about the upcoming Crew-2 mission and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time. Don’t miss out:

https://twitter.com/NASAKennedy/status/1384507870281179138

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NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Countdown Clock Update with acting NASA Administrator


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We're at L-1! On launch day, we'll be driving out to the pad about now. If you want to rock out with me, here's what I'll be playing:

@foofighters Learn to Fly
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@OzzyOsbourne Crazy Train
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Crew-2: As expected, launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying 4 astronauts to the ISS has been delayed 24 hours, from Thursday to Friday, at 5:49 EDT (0949 UTC), due to offshore weather; station crew has been informed

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Tune in this morning as we chat with representatives from @NASA, @esa and @JAXA_en to learn more about the Crew-2 mission:

https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/1384827746673729537

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https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2021/04/21/crew-2-nasa-spacex-reschedule-launch-for-friday-at-549-a-m-edt/

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Crew-2: NASA, SpaceX Reschedule Launch for Friday at 5:49 a.m. EDT

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 5:49 a.m. EDT Friday, April 23, for the launch of the agency’s Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station due to unfavorable weather conditions along the flight path on Thursday.
Although conditions around the launch site were expected to be favorable for liftoff, mission teams also must consider conditions along the flight path and recovery area in the unlikely event of a launch escape.

For a launch April 23, the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 90% chance of favorable weather conditions at the launch pad for liftoff of the Crew-2 mission based on Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch weather criteria. Conditions also are expected to improve along the flight path and recovery area for the mission. The primary weather concerns for the launch area will be liftoff winds.
 
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, April 21

8:30 a.m
. – Administrator Countdown Clock Briefing with the following participants:
•   Steve Jurczyk, acting NASA administrator
•   Bob Cabana, Kennedy center director
•   Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA’s Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
•  Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
•  NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli
 

9:15 a.m. – NASA Social Event on the Kennedy Space Center’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.
 

Friday, April 23
1:30 a.m.
– NASA Television launch coverage begins. NASA Television will have continuous coverage, including docking, hatch opening, and welcome ceremony.
8 a.m. (approximately) – Postlaunch news conference with the following participants:
•  Steve Jurczyk, acting NASA administrator
•  Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
•  Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA’s Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
•  Frank de Winne, manager, International Space Station Program, ESA
•  SpaceX representative
 
Following a launch Friday, the Crew Dragon carrying NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet is scheduled to dock to the space station at about 5:10 a.m. Saturday, April 24.
 
With arrival of Crew-2 Saturday, NASA and SpaceX will continue to target the undocking and return to Earth of Crew-1 for Wednesday, April 28, after an approximate four-day shift change. Crew-1 NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will undock Crew Dragon Resilience at 5 a.m. and splashdown off the coast of Florida 7.5 hours later at about 12:35 p.m., after 164 days in space. Their return date and time are dependent on having a healthy spacecraft and favorable weather in the selected splashdown zone.
Follow along with launch activities and get more information about the mission at: http://www.nasa.gov/crew-2.
 

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 Linda Herridge
Posted on April 21, 2021

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