SpaceX Crew-5

SpaceX Crew-5 is the fifth crewed operational NASA Commercial Crew Program flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the eighth overall crewed orbital flight. The mission launched on 5 October 2022 and transported four crew members to the International Space Station (ISS), docking there on 6 October 2022 at 21:01 UTC. Two NASA astronauts, one JAXA astronaut, and one Russian cosmonaut are participating in the mission. Three of the crew members were assigned following delays to Boeing's Starliner program. Commander Nicole Mann was reassigned to the flight from Boeing's Boe-CFT mission, while Pilot Josh Cassada and Mission Specialist Koichi Wakata transferred from Boeing Starliner-1.[5][6] Anna Kikina was reassigned from Soyuz MS-22. Three of the four crew members are making their first space flight while Wakata is a veteran of four previous space flights.

SpaceX Crew-5
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Launch (NHQ202210050006).jpg
Crew Dragon Endurance lifts off from LC-39A with the Crew-5 astronauts aboard.
NamesUSCV-5
Mission typeISS crew transport
OperatorSpaceX
COSPAR ID2022-124A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.53963Edit this on Wikidata
Mission durationElapsed: 55 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes (145 days planned)[1]
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftCrew Dragon Endurance
Spacecraft typeCrew Dragon
ManufacturerSpaceX
Launch mass12,519 kg (27,600 lb)
Landing mass9,616 kg (21,200 lb)
Crew
Crew size4
Members
Start of mission
Launch date5 October 2022, 16:00:57 UTC[4]
RocketFalcon 9, B1077.1
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
ContractorSpaceX
End of mission
Landing dateMarch 2023 (planned)
Landing siteAtlantic Ocean
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.68°
Docking with ISS
Docking portHarmony forward
Docking date6 October 2022, 21:01 UTC
Undocking dateFebruary 2023 (planned)
Time docked54 days, 6 hours and 28 minutes (145 days planned)
SpaceX Crew-5 logo.png
SpaceX Crew-5 mission patch
SpaceX Crew-5 Official Portrait.jpg
(L-R) Kikina, Cassada, Mann and Wakata 

CrewEdit

This mission is the first Crew Dragon mission to fly a Russian cosmonaut, Anna Kikina who was selected in July 2022 for this mission as a part of the Soyuz-Dragon crew swap system of keeping at least one NASA astronaut and one Roscosmos cosmonaut on each of the crew rotation missions. This ensures both countries have a presence on the station, and the ability to maintain their separate systems if either Soyuz or commercial crew vehicles are grounded for an extended period.[7] This is the first time a Russian cosmonaut flew on a U.S. spacecraft since Nikolai Budarin flew on STS-113 and also first launch of a Russian cosmonaut on a U.S. space capsule. The seat exchange was approved in June 2022 (by the Russians only).[8]

Prime crew
Position Astronaut
Spacecraft commander   Nicole Aunapu Mann, NASA
Expedition 68 / 69
First spaceflight
Pilot   Josh A. Cassada, NASA
Expedition 68 / 69
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1   Koichi Wakata, JAXA
Expedition 68 / 69
Fifth spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2   Anna Kikina[2][3], Roscosmos
Expedition 68 / 69
First spaceflight

MissionEdit

The fifth SpaceX operational mission in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) launched on 5 October 2022 and is scheduled to last approximately six months.[4]

 
Crew-5 Commercial Crew Poster
 
Crew-5 sits atop Falcon 9 at LC-39A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SpaceX F9 / Crew Dragon : Crew-5 : KSC LC-39A : NET 5 Oct 2022 (16:00:57 UTC)".
  2. ^ a b "Roscosmos head hinted yesterday that crossover flights to #ISS, including launch of Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina on the US Crew Dragon, would proceed as scheduled".
  3. ^ a b "Telegram Web". web.telegram.org.
  4. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (28 September 2022). "SpaceX, ULA postpone launches as Hurricane Ian moves toward Florida". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
  5. ^ "NASA Announces Astronaut Changes for Upcoming Commercial Crew Missions" (Press release). NASA. 6 October 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ @jaxa_wdc (12 October 2021). "JAXA has announced their WAKATA Koichi @Astro_Wakata is headed for the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Rogozin says Crew Dragon safe for Russian cosmonauts". SpaceNews. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Распоряжение Правительства Российской Федерации от 10.06.2022 № 1532-р ∙ Официальное опубликование правовых актов ∙ Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации". publication.pravo.gov.ru. Retrieved 11 June 2022.