CREW-3 Mission


SpaceX and NASA are targeting Sunday, October 31 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s third long-duration crew mission (Crew-3) to the International Space Station (ISS) from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window opens at 2:21 a.m. EDT, 6:21 UTC, with a backup opportunity available on Wednesday, November 3 at 1:10 a.m. EDT, 5:10 UTC.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

During the Crew-3 mission, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer will fly aboard the Dragon spacecraft, marking the fifth human spaceflight mission SpaceX has launched since May 2020.

The webcast for the Crew-3 mission will go live about 4 hours before liftoff.


All Times Are Approximate

Hr/Min/Sec Event
00:45:00 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for propellant load
00:42:00 Crew access arm retracts
00:37:00 Dragon's launch escape system is armed
00:35:00 RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading begins
00:35:00 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
00:16:00 2nd stage LOX loading begins
00:07:00 Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
00:05:00 Dragon transitions to internal power
00:01:00 Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
00:01:00 Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
00:00:45 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
00:00:03 Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
00:00:00 Falcon 9 liftoff

Launch, Landing, and Deployment

All Times Are Approximate

Hr/Min/Sec Event
00:01:02 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:36 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:40 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:41 2nd stage engine starts
00:07:30 1st stage entry burn
00:08:48 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
00:09:02 1st stage landing burn
00:09:30 1st stage landing
00:11:50 Dragon separates from 2nd stage
00:11:50 Dragon nosecone open sequence begins