SpaceX launches two NASA astronauts, a cosmonaut and an Emerati on flight to space station

March 3, 2023
The slender rocket climbed smoothly away from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop a brilliant jet of flaming exhaust, arcing away to the northeast on a trajectory matching the space station's orbital path, William Harwood reports for CBS News.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., - Two NASA astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and an Emerati -- the first Arab assigned to a long-duration spaceflight -- blasted off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket early Thursday, lighting up the overnight sky as they set off to the International Space Station, William Harwood reports for CBS NewsContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

3 March 2023 - Crew members assigned to NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission are in orbit following their successful launch to the International Space Station at 12:34 a.m. EST Thursday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The international crew are the agency’s sixth commercial crew rotation mission with SpaceX aboard the orbital laboratory.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour, into orbit carrying NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, along with United Arab Emirates (UAE) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, for a science expedition aboard the space station.

During Dragon’s flight, SpaceX will monitor a series of automatic spacecraft maneuvers from its mission control center in Hawthorne, California, and NASA teams will monitor space station operations throughout the flight from the Mission Control Center at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Dragon will dock autonomously to the space-facing port of the station’s Harmony module around 1:17 a.m., Friday, March 3. NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of docking and hatch opening. NASA TV also will cover the ceremony to welcome the crew aboard the orbital outpost about 3:40 a.m.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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