Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Crew-5 Moved to October 4

As expected, NASA and SpaceX have decided to delay the next manned flight to the International Space Station, Crew-5, at least a day until Tuesday October 4th No Earlier Than 12:23pm EDT, with backup date of Wednesday the 5th. 

The latest forecasts are showing Ian crossing over the north end of the Cape (or around there) as a tropical storm around 3PM tomorrow, and then curving harder to the north, making a second landfall in South Carolina late in the day on Friday.  While the KSC is under Hurricane Warnings, as we are farther south, the chances of hurricane force winds appear to be in the 50/50 range, perhaps a little lower.  The usual source I check for the compass heading of the flights doesn't have an update for Crew-5 so I can't tell if the recovery barge for the booster is in the North/South Carolina waters or not.

The mission will ferry NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Russian astronaut Anna Kikina to the International Space Station, where they will spend about five months maintaining the orbital outpost and conducting science. Upon arriving at the ISS, they will take over from astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Samantha Cristoforetti, and Jessica Watkins, who will board their own Crew Dragon and depart the station five days later.

Attached to a new, expendable ‘trunk,’ the Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived at SpaceX’s Pad 39A processing hangar on September 23rd and was fully integrated with Falcon 9 (an expendable second stage and reusable booster) by September 26th. Falcon 9 booster B1077 will debut on the mission alongside Dragon capsule C210 (Endurance). Dragon C210 splashed down with four astronauts after its first mission, Crew-3, on May 6th, 2022, and will head to orbit a second time 155 days later. Dragon’s turnaround record is 137 days.

Our storm warnings here in southern Brevard county were upped from Tropical Storm warnings to Hurricane Warnings this morning at 11.  That prompted me to take it more seriously than a Tropical Storm, which I've long called a poopy day with a press agent.  We put up the shutters on the sides of the house most likely to get direct winds but didn't do the "full Monty" prep.  My antennas are still up.  Our local NWS office detailed forecast calls for winds peaking at around 40mph with gusts to around 60. 


  1. "Poopy Day With a Press Agent"....HAH! They do the same with snowstorms here. The NWS really got on their case about using the word "Blizzard" when it didn't meet the criteria.

    1. Hah! Like every cold front is now a named "Winter Storm."

      I don't minimize hurricanes, but what I always go by is that a severe thunderstorm has winds over 54 mph, while a tropical storm starts at 45 mph. We get a handful of those every year. So why does the borderline tropical storm get breathless coverage while the severe thunderstorms just get a mention? No press agent telling everyone how bad ass they are.

    2. This Weather Channel "press agent" got more than he was bargaining for:

    3. Poor Jim.

      If anyone knows the risk of being out there, it has to be him. I remember when I turned on the Weather Channel and found he was at the other end of my town. Even then, 18 years ago, everyone said if he's in your town, evacuate. Get out of there.

      We had a lower level reporter on one of the causeways to the beach island get hit by road sign. That was around the same time; '04 or '05.