|Mission type||ISS crew transport|
|Mission duration||180 days (planned)|
|Spacecraft type||Crew Dragon|
|Launch mass||12,519 kg (27,600 lb)|
|Landing mass||9,616 kg (21,200 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||April 2023 (planned)|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 Block 5|
|Launch site||Kennedy Space Center, LC-39A|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||Fall 2023 (planned)|
|Landing site||Atlantic Ocean|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Harmony forward|
|Undocking date||Q3 2023 (planned)|
|Time docked||180 days (planned)|
SpaceX Crew-6 is planned to be the sixth crewed operational NASA Commercial Crew flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the eleventh overall crewed orbital flight. The mission is planned for launch in early 2023. The Crew-6 mission will transport four crew members to the International Space Station (ISS). Two NASA astronauts, a United Arab Emirates astronaut, and a Russian cosmonaut have been assigned to the mission. The two NASA astronauts are Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg. The cosmonaut, Andrey Fedyaev, was reassigned from Soyuz MS-23. Sultan Al Neyadi will head the Emirates' mission on the flight.
However, continued international collaboration on ISS missions has been thrown into doubt by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and related sanctions on Russia.
On 24 March 2022 the European Space Agency announced that Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will serve as backup pilot. On 29 April 2022, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Axiom Space announced that Crew-6 will also include an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates.
MBRSC participation in this mission is a byproduct of a 2021 agreement between NASA and Axiom to fly a NASA astronaut, Mark T. Vande Hei, onboard Soyuz MS-18 (launch) and Soyuz MS-19 (return) in order to ensure a continuing American presence onboard the ISS. In return, Axiom received the rights to a NASA owned seat onboard SpaceX Crew-6. Axiom provided the flight opportunity to MBRSC professional crew member through an agreement with the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. Later the astronaut was confirmed to be Sultan Al Neyadi.
Andrey Fedyaev was selected in July 2022 for this mission as a part of the Soyuz-Dragon crew swap system of keeping at least one NASA astronaut and one Roscosmos cosmonaut on each of the crew rotation missions. This ensures both countries have a presence on the station, and the ability to maintain their separate systems if either Soyuz or commercial crew vehicles are grounded for an extended period.
|Spacecraft commander|| Stephen Bowen, NASA|
|Pilot|| Warren Hoburg, NASA|
|Mission Specialist 1|| Sultan Al Neyadi, MBRSC|
|Mission Specialist 2|| Andrey Fedyaev, Roscosmos|
|Spacecraft commander||Jasmin Moghbeli, NASA|
|Pilot||Andreas Mogensen, ESA|
|Mission Specialist 1||TBA|
|Mission Specialist 2||Konstantin Borisov, Roscosmos|
The sixth SpaceX operational mission in the Commercial Crew Program is scheduled to launch in early 2023.
Andrei Fedyaev will fly on another SpaceX mission in the spring of 2023, according to NASA.