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On Saturday, March 30, 2020, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States. SpaceX made historic Crew Dragon Demo 2 flight with 2 NASA astronauts onboard by a second attempt. The first launch attempt was scrubbed due to bad weather conditions. Falcon 9 booster from this historic mission has been recovered on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You based in Atlantic oceanDemo-2 is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
The instantaneous launch window opens at 3:22 pm EDT, or 19:22 UTC, with a backup instantaneous launch opportunity available on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 3:00 pm, EDT, or 19:00 UTC.
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Everyday Astronaut had the opportunity to meet up with SpaceX CEO, Founder and Chief Engineer, Elon Musk as well as NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine to get their thoughts on this new era of human spaceflight! In the video “Exclusive interview with Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine about #DM2, SpaceX’s first crewed launch!“, below:
In the video “LIVE: SpaceX launch coverage continued post liftoff“, below:
In the video “Watch SpaceX Live: Second Launch America – Mission To Space from the Kennedy Space Center“, below:
After standing down from launch on Wednesday May 27, SpaceX is now targeting Saturday, May 30 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States. The instantaneous launch window opens at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC, with a backup instantaneous launch opportunity available on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, or 19:00 UTC. Tune in here to watch the launch webcast. Coverage will begin about 4 hours before liftoff. Demo-2 is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, in the video “Crew Demo-2“, below:
SpaceX demonstrates Crew Dragon’s ability to safely and reliably carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, in the video “Crew Dragon Animation“, below:
Nasa and SpaceX are planning to send two US astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are aboard a Crew Dragon capsule made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is due to be carried by the Falcon 9 rocket, in the video “LIVE: Nasa SpaceX launch Crew Dragon spacecraft with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley“, below:
In the video “NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch“, below:
Elon Musk almost crying speaking at SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 post-launch Press Conference right after successful mission on May 30, 2020. Elon is extremely emotinal. SpaceX made historic Crew Dragon Demo 2 flight with 2 NASA astronauts onboard by a second attempt. The first launch attempt was scrubbed due to bad weather conditions. He speaks on Multiplanetary, Moon Base, upcoming Space Travel and more! In the video “Elon Musk’s post-launch speech on Crew Demo-2 success, Starship and Moon Mission in 11 minutes“, below:
In the video “Live: Trump delivers remarks at the Kennedy Space Center after SpaceX, NASA launch“, below:
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