The mission, called Crew Dragon DM-1, will include launching an unmanned Crew Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station. Today's FRR review included more than 100 people from NASA and SpaceX, examining the readiness of both the spacecraft and the station to support the mission, Space News said.
Plan to stay late Friday night because the launch is scheduled to take place at 2:48 am. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 2, in an instant opening window from the Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
An instant launch window is used to ensure that SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Spacecraft are precisely timed to take off at an optimal point in the launching track to reach the space station that magnifies the headlines 249 miles above Earth at 17,500 miles / hour.
The Dragon crew is scheduled to disembark at the ISS one day later and will remain anchored there by March 8, when it will loosen and sink several hours later in the Atlantic Ocean.
It is expected that the DM-1 flight test will do well by opening the door to a pilot flight filling with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley later this summer. This mission, called the DM-2, will be held no earlier than July, depending on what work to be done on any issues found during the DM-1 flight test.
Beyond the excitement of SpaceX today for an up-to-date Crew! Let's see what appears to be on a crew dragon. NASASpaceflight SpaceX 1Ncmn98SKy
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