NASA and SpaceX have announced that the launch date of the Crew-5 mission, in which Anna Kikina will take part, is postponed due to the weather. As expected, the launch will take place no earlier than October 4 or later. Initially, the launch was scheduled for October 3rd.
The launch is planned to be carried out using a Falcon-9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon ship is supposed to deliver four people to the ISS. In addition to Kikina, American astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Kassada, as well as Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata will be on board.
The agency clarified that the launch will take place no earlier than 12:23 ET (19:23 Moscow time) on October 4. If the weather does not stabilize, the date may be adjusted. The crew will arrive at the cosmodrome no earlier than September 30.
Note that earlier due to the same hurricane postponed launch of the SLS rocket with the Artemis 1 mission. The rocket was removed from the launch pad back to the assembly shop to protect it from bad weather. Because of this, the lunar mission is postponed indefinitely.
Previously reportedthat the candidacy of Anna Kikina was agreed for the mission.