SpaceX sends humans to the ISS [Live: 27.05.2020, 20:33 UTC]

in hive-189026 •  2 months ago  (edited)

The SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 will launch American Astronauts from American soil on an American rocket to the International Space Station since the last flight of Spaceshuttle Atlantis in 2011.

The booster is a new Falcon 9 carrying a payload mass of 12 t.

The rocket will launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida and the first stage will land on a drone ship downrange.

Travel time to ISS will be 19 hours.

Mission Timeline: Tim Dodd

How do Capsules work: Tim Dodd

On the road to launching humans on their flight proven Falcon 9, SpaceX had to complete a myriad of additional certifications. Among them the Uncrewed SpaceX Demanstration Mission 1 to the ISS.

And the spectacular SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test: Nasa Video

Check your local time of launch at:

Where to watch:

Tim Dodd will be live streaming 60 minutes before launch:


Scott Manley might be hosting a live stream as well

Background information about previous SpaceX launches: Wikipedia

Update on LauncherOne:

the first test-flight of Virgin Orbit didn't go as expected. The rocket successfully detached from the aircraft and fired its engine as planned. Unexpected behavior of the rocket triggered an abort of the mission.

Press release by Virgin Orbit

Useful links to stay up to date on launches: Launch Schedule

Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews

Space News:

NASA Spaceflight

Be aware, this is rocket surgery.

Small disturbances can lead to postponed launches. Making sure everything is just right is way cheaper than risking big fireworks.

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