Updated Oct 14: SpaceX and NASA aim to disarm Crew Dragon Freedom from the International Space Station Today Oct 14 at 11:35 AM EDT (1535 GMT) To return the four crew 4 astronauts to Earth. The mission’s departure was delayed by two days due to inclement weather at the Dragon’s Spashdown location off the coast of Florida. NASA’s undocking live webcast will begin on 9:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT).
SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission will leave the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday (October 14) after two weather delays, and you can watch the event live.
NASA officials said Crew-4’s Dragon capsule, called Freedom, will attempt to disassemble it for the third time sometime Friday. Tweet (Opens in a new tab). This comes after two delays to cancel the docking, Wednesday (October 13) and Thursday (October 14) due to weather, NASA officials said. The distribution date has also been pushed back from what was supposed to be today (Thursday).
“Tweet embed And the Tweet embed Task controller routers # Crew 4 Dragon Freedom emptied today due to weather concerns at a Florida water distribution site. The ship’s disembarkation dates are currently being evaluated on Friday.” Wrote (Opens in a new tab).
When undocking happens, you can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or live via the space agency. (Opens in a new tab).
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After the crash on the Florida coast, NASA and SpaceX plan to hold a post-crash press conference at a time to be announced.
This briefing will feature Steve Stitch, Director of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Joel Montalbano, International Space Station Program Manager at NASA; And a SpaceX representative, according to previous information from NASA.
However, none of these times is engraved in stone. They are dependent on forecast good weather in potential Freedom flow areas in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Crew-4 was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 27 and arrived at the International Space Station on the same day. The mission consists of Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Robert Haines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins.
As its name suggests, Crew-4 is the fourth contracted astronaut mission that SpaceX has flown to NASA’s orbiting laboratory. It is one of two SpaceX flights currently on the International Space Station; Crew-5 arrived on October 6 for five months.
This story was updated at 3:40PM EDT Wednesday, October 12th with news of the undock delay and updated undock opportunities. This story was updated again at 9:17AM EDT Thursday, October 13th with news of weather-related docking and sprinkler delays.
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