Updates to Protection of Landmark NASA SpaceX Industrial Crew Check Flight

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NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (left) and Robert Behnken (right) participate in a dress rehearsal for launch

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (left) and Robert Behnken (proper) take part in a gown rehearsal for launch on the company’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida on Might 23, 2020, forward of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the Worldwide House Station. Demo-2 will function an end-to-end flight check of SpaceX’s crew transportation system, offering worthwhile knowledge towards NASA certifying the system for normal, crewed missions to the orbiting laboratory below the company’s Industrial Crew Program. The launch is now scheduled for three:22 p.m. EDT Saturday, Might 30. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Editor’s Notice: This advisory was up to date on Might 28 with occasions for the astronaut downlinks on Saturday, Might 30, and Sunday, Might 31.

NASA will present dwell protection of prelaunch and launch actions for the company’s SpaceX Demo-2 check flight, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the Worldwide House Station.

NASA and SpaceX now are concentrating on three:22 p.m. EDT Saturday, Might 30, for the launch of the primary commercially constructed and operated American rocket and spacecraft carrying astronauts to the house station. The primary launch try, on Might 27, was scrubbed attributable to unfavorable climate circumstances.

Full mission protection begins at 11 a.m., and can air dwell on NASA Tv and the company’s web site, in addition to quite a few different platforms. The launch broadcast commentators 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 particular visitor host and former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin. Postlaunch protection commentators are Leah Cheshier, Courtney Beasley, Gary Jordan and Dan Huot from NASA; and Kate Tice, Siva Bharadvaj, and Michael Andrews from SpaceX.

Prelaunch protection additionally features a particular efficiency of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Advanced 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida, and is scheduled to dock to the house station at 10:29 a.m. Sunday, Might 31.

This will likely be SpaceX’s ultimate check flight for NASA’s Industrial Crew Program and can present crucial knowledge on the efficiency of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and floor programs, in addition to in-orbit, docking, and touchdown operations. 

The check flight additionally will present worthwhile knowledge towards certification of SpaceX’s crew transportation system for normal flights carrying astronauts to and from the house station. SpaceX at the moment is readying the for the primary house station crew rotational mission, which might occur after knowledge from this check flight is reviewed for certification.

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, media participation in information conferences will likely be distant, with solely a restricted variety of media, who have already got been accredited, will likely be accommodated at Kennedy. For the safety of media and Kennedy staff, the Kennedy Press Website Information Middle services will stay closed to all media all through these occasions.

To take part within the Kennedy briefing by cellphone, reporters should e-mail ksc-newsroom@mail.nasa.gov no later than one hour prior to every occasion.

To take part by cellphone within the post-arrival information convention held at NASA’s Johnson House Middle in Houston, reporters should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than one hour previous to the occasion.

Reside NASA protection is as follows. All occasions are EDT:

Saturday, Might 30

11 a.m. – NASA TV launch protection begins (continues by means of docking)three:22 p.m. – Liftoff4:09 p.m. – Crew Dragon part burn four:55 p.m. – Far-field guide flight check 5:55 p.m. – Astronaut downlink occasion from Crew Dragon6:30 p.m. – Postlaunch information convention at KennedyAdministrator BridenstineKathy Lueders, supervisor, NASA Industrial Crew ProgramSpaceX representativeKirk Shireman, supervisor, Worldwide House Station ProgramNASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

A media cellphone bridge will likely be accessible for this occasion. Mission operational protection will proceed on NASA TV’s Media Channel.  

Sunday, Might 31

6:45 a.m. – Astronaut downlink occasion from Crew Dragon10:29 a.m. – Docking12:45 p.m. – Hatch Open1:05 p.m. – Welcome ceremony3:15 p.m. – Put up-arrival information convention at JohnsonNASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJohnson House Middle Director Mark GeyerNASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester

A media cellphone bridge will likely be accessible for this occasion. Launch commentary will swap to NASA TV’s Media Channel.

Monday, June 1

11:15 a.m. – House Station crew information convention, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley12:55 p.m. – SpaceX worker occasion and Class of 2020 Mosaic presentation, with NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley

The deadline for media to use for accreditation for this launch has handed, however extra details about media accreditation is on the market by emailing ksc-media-accreditat@mail.nasa.gov.

This check flight is a pivotal level in NASA’s Industrial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace business to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil to the house station for the primary time since 2011.

The aim of the Industrial Crew Program is to supply secure, dependable, and cost-effective transportation to and from the Worldwide House Station. This might permit for extra analysis time and enhance the chance for discovery aboard humanity’s testbed for exploration, together with preparation for human exploration of the Moon and Mars.

For launch countdown protection, NASA’s launch weblog, and extra details about the mission, go to:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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