Next week, SpaceX is ready to make history with the first-ever test flight of a private spacecraft built to transport astronauts into orbit. This mission of the Crew Dragon Demo-1 will not bring astronauts, but it will be the first launch of a spacecraft built for US-born people since 2011 and you can watch it live.
SpaceX will launch the Demonstration of Crew Dragon 1 mission at 2:48 AM EST (0748 GMT) on Saturday, March 2nd. Since Crew Dragon is designed to carry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, you can expect live broadcast from the space agency.
Space.com will bring NASA's webmasters to the crew next week. You will also be able to watch NASA's Websites on NASA's TV, and SpaceX is likely to provide its webcast here. Scroll down to see when to set up for the first Dragon Crew start.
Illustration of Dragon Spacecraft Artist and Crew of Falcon 9 from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida ”
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The operation begins Friday (February 22nd) when NASA will hold a press conference no earlier from 18 hours EST (2300 GMT) to discuss post-flight readiness briefing of Mission NASA and SpaceX. This meeting, known as FRR in NASA-speaking, usually includes final discussions and reviews to ensure that the mission is ready for flight. "No earlier" time in the NASA manual suggests that the briefing can sneak later in the day.
Two days before the start, Thursday, 28 February NASA will hold a press conference before the start. to discuss the start again. Time for briefing is not yet final. Representatives of the NASA Sales Team Program, the International Space Station Program, and the Astronauts Service will be joined by SpaceX representatives to review the final details of the mission.
March 2: Day of Launch
The events of the launch day of the website in the small hours of Saturday at ] 2:00 EST (0700 GMT) . The start itself, as mentioned above, is at 2:48 EST . SpaceX's WebX is likely to begin some time later than NASA, as they usually start about 15 minutes before takeoff.
At 5:00 EST (1000 GMT) NASA and SpaceX will hold a press conference after the agency and representatives of SpaceX have been presented. In the photos: Behind the scenes Look at the SpaceX crew spacecraft
March 3: The arrival of the space station
Will take the SpaceX crew just over 27 hours to reach the International Space Station after launch.
The spacecraft will arrive at the station Sunday, March 3 . NASA's live coverage will begin at 3:30 pm EST (0830 GMT) with the dock appearing on 5:55 EST (1055 GMT) . Unlike Dragon's space trucks, which are caught by the robot's hand on the station and attached to an open location, crew dragons are designed to harbor. About five hours after the crew arrives, the astronauts will open the hatches between the station and the space ship. NASA's transmission of this event will begin on 8:45 EST (1345 GMT) .
A special ceremony to welcome the station crew will follow at 10:30 EST (1530 GMT) . Demo-1 Dragon will deliver about 400 lbs. (181 pounds) for the station's crew's equipment and equipment, officials from NASA said.