(ORDO NEWS) — Crew-6 astronauts lifted off aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavor on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center at 0834 UTC March 2.
The mission made history by launching the second astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into space, who will become the country’s first long-term crew member on the ISS.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) received the site as a result of a deal between NASA and Axiom Space.
To ensure a continued American presence aboard the ISS, Axiom ceded its seat aboard Soyuz MS-18 in April 2021, allowing NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hey to fly.
In exchange, Axiom received a seat on Crew-6 at no additional cost. This led to an agreement with the United Arab Emirates space agency.
The crew consists of Commander Stephen Bowen, Pilot Warren Hoburg, Flight Specialist Sultan Alneyadi of the UAE, and Flight Specialist Andrey Fedyaev of Roscosmos. Bowen is the only crew member who has previously flown in space.
Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrei Fedyaev, who turned 42 on February 26, will make his first flight into space. As part of an agreement signed with NASA in July 2022, Roscosmos will receive one seat aboard the Crew Dragon capsule while a NASA astronaut flies on the Russian Soyuz.
Born in Serava, near the eastern foothills of the Ural Mountains, Fedyaev received an engineering degree in air transport and air traffic control from the Balashov Military Aviation School before joining the Russian Air Force. He was selected to become an astronaut in 2012.
This mission marked the fourth flight of the Crew Dragon Endeavor. Designated C206, the craft was first used on the Demo-2 mission, which was the first crewed Dragon mission to the ISS in 2020. She also flew the Crew-2 mission in 2021 and Axiom-1 in 2022. Prior to this mission, the ship spent 280 days in space.
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