Follow the SpaceX Crew-5 manned flight to the ISS live

On October 5, 2022, SpaceX operates a new manned flight for the benefit of NASA. Four astronauts are on their way to the ISS. The takeoff can be followed live.

  • When ? On October 5, 2022, at 6 p.m. (Paris time).
  • Where ? At Kennedy Space Center, Florida, then in space.
  • What ? The departure of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the ISS.

What is SpaceX’s mission?

It is a manned transport mission which is entrusted to SpaceX. Objective: to bring four people safely to the International Space Station (ISS), which orbits the Earth at an altitude of nearly 400 km – and which runs at a speed of 28,000 km/h. The trajectory of the ISS is predictable: there are also tools to know where the space station is at the moment.

The four passengers include an American, an American, a Japanese and a Russian. The presence of the Russian cosmonaut is surprising in a context of strong diplomatic tension between Washington and Moscow, with the war in Ukraine. The two countries concluded a bargain before the war in which each reserved a seat for the other. The Russians have done their part.

The departure of Crew-4. // Source: SpaceX

The Japanese, Kōichi Wakata, is the most experienced, with four flights. For Nicole Mann, Josh A. Cassada and Anna Kikina, this will be their space baptism. They will reside on the International Space Station for six months, the standard length of stay in space. All this little world will return to Earth at the beginning of next year, around March 2023.

SpaceX is carrying out its fifth manned mission here for the benefit of NASA and the ISS (shown by the mission number Crew-5). But overall, we must add three others: Demo-2, which was a manned test mission to qualify the company for operational flights. Inspiration4, which consisted of sending civilians into orbit for a few days. AX-1, a tourist flight to the ISS.

For its manned flights, SpaceX mobilizes a Falcon 9 rocket, the quality of which is well established. It is she who ensures all of the company’s missions (including if it is the Falcon Heavy, since the base remains the same). At its top is the Crew Dragon capsule, which is adapted to accommodate personnel (seats, control screens, etc.)

When is the SpaceX Crew-5 mission departing?

The departure of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The time of the flight is yet to be determined, following two postponements. A tropical storm, dubbed Ian, forced SpaceX to postpone departure by a few days. It also forced NASA to review its firing schedule for the Space Launch System (SLS).

Where to watch the SpaceX Crew-5 flight live?

You have two broadcast channels to watch the event live. On the one hand, the SpaceX site, which has its own feed and its own team of commentators (in English). On the other, NASA. The US space agency has a live channel (in English). Below we have embedded the video feed from the Nasa channel.

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