NASA, SpaceX are Go for another Try if Weather Permitting
NASA and SpaceX have cleared the Demo-2 mission for Saturday’s launch attempt, scheduled for 3:22 p.m. EDT. Mission managers now have to take weather into account; the forecast shows a strong possibility weather conditions won’t allow a launch. Bad weather scrubbed Wednesday’s attempt to launch the mission, the first launch of astronauts on an American rocket from American soil since the last space shuttle mission in 2011. „I think our teams worked together in a really impressive way, making good decisions all along,“ NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said after the scrub was announced.
Schedule for Saturday, May 30
11 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins (continues through docking)
3:22 p.m. – Liftoff
4:09 p.m. – Crew Dragon phase burn
4:55 p.m. – Far-field manual flight test
5:55 p.m. – Astronaut downlink event from Crew Dragon
6:30 p.m. – Postlaunch news conference at Kennedy Administrator Bridenstine
Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program SpaceX representative
Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program NASA Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester
NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (left) and Robert Behnken (right) participate in a dress rehearsal for launch at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 23, 2020, ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. Demo-2 will serve as an end-to-end flight test of SpaceX’s crew transportation system, providing valuable data toward NASA certifying the system for regular, crewed missions to the orbiting laboratory under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Members of the public can participate in the mission through NASA’s virtual guest operations.