|By Carlos PIRES, the|
The NASA and SpaceX are preparing for the company’s fifth Human Space Transportation System crew rotation mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).
However, the US space agency says the mission SpaceX Crew-5 from NASA is scheduled to launch no earlier than September 29, 2022 at the Microgravity Laboratory for a science expedition mission with NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Koichi Wakata from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina.
A late September launch will allow SpaceX to finish processing hardware, and mission teams will continue to review the launch date based on the space station’s spacecraft visit schedule. Crew-5’s launch will now take place after a scheduled Soyuz undocking and launch period of September 16-30.