SpaceX: #LaunchAmerica Mission with NASA Officially Delayed
UPDATE 05/27/2020 4:20 PM ET: NASA has announced that, “Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing. Our next opportunity will be Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 PM ET. Live #LaunchAmerica coverage will begin at 11 AM ET.”
NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station is expected to launch today (May 27) at 4:33 PM ET from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Per NASA, “…this mission will send NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program…Demo-2 will be SpaceX’s second spaceflight test of its Crew Dragon craft and its first test with astronauts aboard. This final test flight prior to NASA certification and will provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Crew Dragon and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, and landing operations.”
This will be the first space launch since 2011 to take place beginning in the United States. Per CNN, “If successful, this would be SpaceX’s first-ever crewed mission in the company’s 18-year history.” The company was founded by CEO Elon Musk.
To watch live coverage leading up to and including the mission’s launch, you can do so in the video below. Past the video is a gallery of images from the days events which will be updated when more images become available.