Landmark NASA SpaceX Commercial Crew Test Flight Coverage Schedule

NASA Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken

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NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken, using SpaceX spacesuits, are viewed as they leave the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A throughout a gown practice session prior to the Demo-2 objective launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Credit: NASA/ Bill Ingalls

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NASA will supply live protection of prelaunch and launch activities for the firm’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight on Wednesday, May 27, bring NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 4: 33 p.m. EDT May 27 for the launch of the very first commercially-built and run American rocket and spacecraft bring astronauts to the spaceport station. NASA and SpaceX will supply joint, live protection from launch to arrival at the spaceport station.

Full objective protection will air survive on NASA Television and the firm’s site, in addition to many other platforms. The launch broadcast analysts are Marie Lewis, Dan Huot, Gary Jordan, Derrol Nail, and Tahira Allen from NASA, and Lauren Lyons, John Insprucker, and Jessie Anderson from SpaceX, with unique visitor host and previous NASA astronaut Leland Melvin. Postlaunch protection analysts are Leah Cheshier, Courtney Beasley, Gary Jordan and Dan Huot from NASA, and Kate Tice, Siva Bharadvaj, and Michael Andrews from SpaceX.

Prelaunch protection likewise consists of an unique efficiency of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kelly Clarkson.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will release on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historical Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is set up to dock to the spaceport station at 11: 39 a.m. Thursday, May 28.

This will be SpaceX’s last test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and will supply vital information on the efficiency of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, in addition to in-orbit, docking, and landing operations.

The test flight likewise will supply important information towards accreditation of SpaceX’s team transport system for routine flights bring astronauts to and from the spaceport station. SpaceX presently is preparing the hardware for the very first spaceport station team rotational objective, which would occur after information from this test flight is examined for accreditation.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all media involvement in press conference will be remote. Only a minimal variety of media will be accommodated at Kennedy. For the defense of media and Kennedy workers, the Kennedy Press Site News Center centers will stay closed to all media throughout these occasions.

Live NASA protection is as follows. All times are EDT:

Wednesday, May 27

  • 12: 15 p.m. – NASA TELEVISION launch protection starts (continues through docking)
    • 4: 33 p.m. – Liftoff
    • 5: 22 p.m. – Crew Dragon stage burn 
    • 6: 05 p.m. – Far-field manual flight test 
    • 7: 05 p.m. – Astronaut downlink occasion from Crew Dragon
  • 7: 30 p.m. – Administrator postlaunch press conference at Kennedy
    • Administrator Bridenstine
    • Kathy Lueders
    • SpaceX agent
    • Kirk Shireman
    • NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

A media phone bridge will be offered for this occasion. Launch commentary will change to NASA TELEVISION’s Media Channel.

Thursday, May 28

  • 7: 20 a.m. – Astronaut downlink occasion from Crew Dragon
  • 11: 39 a.m. – Docking
  • 1: 55 p.m. – Hatch Open
  • 2: 25 p.m. – Welcome event
  • 4: 15 p.m. – Post-Arrival News Conference at Johnson
    • Administrator Bridenstine
    • Mark Geyer, director, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
    • NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

Friday, May 29

  • 11: 05 a.m. – Space Station team press conference, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley
  • 12: 50 p.m. – SpaceX staff member occasion and Class of 2020 Mosaic discussion, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley

This test flight is a critical point in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace market to release astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil to the spaceport station for the very first time because 2011.

The objective of the Commercial Crew Program is to supply safe, reputable, and cost-efficient transport to and from the International Space Station. This might permit extra research study time and increase the chance for discovery aboard humankind’s testbed for expedition, consisting of preparation for human expedition of the Moon and Mars.

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