The Demo-2 flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon with Behnken and Douglas Hurley marks the very first launch of American astronauts on an American-made rocket from American soil in almost a years.
The Demo-2 objective is slated to take off from Kennedy Space Center’s historical Launch Complex 39A at 4: 33 EDT (1: 33 PDT) today (May 27, 2020). As joint operations leader of the objective, Robert Behnken is accountable for activities such as rendezvous, docking and undocking, along with Demo-2 activities while the spacecraft is docked to the spaceport station. A colonel in the United States Air Force, he flew on 2 area shuttle bus objectives and logged more than 708 hours in area — more than 37 hours throughout 6 spacewalks.
To make his masters and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, Behnken likewise logged numerous hours at Caltech, which handles the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA. You can learn more about his background in this NASA bio and see more pictures of his profession in this gallery. This 2010 Caltech profile catches Behnken prior to his last shuttle bus flight, and in this 2014 Q&A, Behnken shares information on his background and what it’s like to be an astronaut.