Known as NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight,The first commercially designed and operated American rocket and spacecraft carrying astronauts to the space station launched successfully by NASA and SpaceX, at 3:22pm. Saturday, 30 May, EDT. The first launch attempt was halted on 27 May because of unfavorable weather conditions.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the iconic Launch Complex 39A and is expected to reach the space station at 10:29 a.m. Sunday, 31 May.
The Falcon 9 racket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit and docking operations will be the final test flight from SpaceX for the NASA Commercial Crew Program.
The space company Elon Musk will be flying their first crew mission, the Demo-2, test flight to send NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station.The test flight will also provide valuable information on regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station for SpaceX crew certification. SpaceX is currently preparing the hardware to rotate the first crew of the space station after the data from this test flight are checked for certification.
NASA is calling on the public to help celebrate the history of spaceflight by preparing for the first US rocket flight on American soil since the end of the 2011 space shuttle era, # LaunchAmerica.