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NASA MEDIA TELECON FOLLOWING CREW-5 FLIGHT READINESS REVIEW, Sept 26, 2022, virtual, 5:15 pm ET

(NASA Live)

Update, Sepember 26, 4:45 pm ET:  The brieding now is at 5:15 pm ET.

Update, September 26, 4:30 pm ET:  NASA now says the briefing will be at 5:00 pm ET.  Participants are:

  • Kathryn Lueders, associate administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Kelvin Manning, deputy director, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (NEW)
  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA Kennedy
  • Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Emily Nelson, chief flight director, Flight Operations Directorate, NASA Johnson
  • William Gerstenmaier, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station Program, JAXA

Krikalev no longer is on the list.

 

Original Entry: NASA will hold a media teleconference on September 26, 2022 following the Flight Readiness Review for the SpaceX Crew-5 launch to the International Space Station, which is scheduled for October 3.

This is the first U.S. launch carrying a Russian cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, since the two countries signed a crew exchange agreement in July. Flights of Russian cosmonauts on the U.S. space shuttle were common in the mid-late 1990s (the Shuttle-Mir program) and early 2000s, but the last was in November 2002. No Russians flew on the shuttle after the February 1, 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. Americans routinely fly on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. NASA paid Russia for those flights from 2006 until last year, but now that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is operational, the two countries are returning to the original no-exchange-of-funds model where each country provides crew transportation services for the other — seat swaps.

The time for the briefing is approximately 4:00 or 4:30 pm ET depending on when the review ends.  Briefing participants are:

  • Kathryn Lueders, associate administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA HQ
  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA KSC
  • Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, NASA JSC
  • Emily Nelson, chief flight director, Flight Operations Directorate, NASA JSC
  • William Gerstenmaier, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station Program, JAXA
  • Sergei Krikalev, executive director, Human Space Flight Programs, Roscosmos [and the first Russian cosmonaut to fly on the U.S. Space Shuttle, in 1994]

Audio of the telecon will stream on NASA Live.

Details

Date:
September 26
Time:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm