On March 2, 2023, Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket carrying two NASA astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and a UAE astronaut, to the International Space station for NASA.
The SpaceX Dragon Crew-6 mission blasted off at 12:34 am from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
All four astronauts are Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoberg from NASA, Andrey Fedyaev from Russia, and Sultan Al-Neyadi from United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The mission is focused on scientific research and is expected to spend six months on the orbiting station.
Monday’s launch was canceled just minutes before liftoff due to a clog in the filter supplying the ignition fluid to start the rocket engine.
— NASA (@NASA) March 2, 2023
The US space agency tweeted on Thursday that the SpaceX Dragon Endeavor “lights up the skies as the crew heads into orbit.”
On the top of a Falco 9 rocket, SpaceX launched its Dragon crew capsule called Endeavour. Interestingly, both the capsule and rocket are reusable and can be used for flying for further missions.
The current dragon crew is the sixth to be carried by a SpaceX rocket to the ISS. The Endeavor capsule has flown to space three times before.
Approximately every six months, NASA pays SpaceX to fly astronauts to the ISS.
Now the agency expected to get Crew-6 handover by Space X for several days with the four members of Crew-5 that have been on the ISS since October. Crew-5 will then return to Earth.
The next mission from the Space Coast will be the launch of Relativity Space’s Terran rocket from Launch Complex 16 pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The company is aiming for the first launch of its Terran rocket no earlier than March 8, 2023, which is mostly 3D printed and can be built in weeks instead of months or years using fewer parts.