SpaceX is ready to make space history with its first astronaut launch for NASA next week. No showstoppers were found during a crucial flight readiness review (FRR) for SpaceX's Demo-2 mission, keeping the company's first-ever crewed flight on track for a May 27 liftoff, NASA officials announced today (May 22).
“The Flight Readiness Review has concluded, and NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is cleared to proceed toward liftoff on the first crewed flight of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program,” NASA officials wrote in an update today.
The Flight Readiness Review has concluded! NASA's SpaceX Crew Dragon mission is cleared to proceed toward liftoff.— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) May 22, 2020
Tune in to NASA TV for the following:
2:15pm ET: Virtual Q&A with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug
2:45pm ET: Post-Review News Conference
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Attention at the Kennedy Space Center today turns to a “dry dress rehearsal” for the Dragon crew.— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) May 23, 2020
During the practice run, the two-man crew will put on their SpaceX flight suits and board the Crew Dragon at pad 39A.
We’ll have live updates from KSC: https://t.co/Y9pANccivZ pic.twitter.com/TA2E5xFCNH
Good morning from a misty Kennedy Space Center where a dry dress rehearsal will take place for next week's planned launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon. pic.twitter.com/iC0UuPQ7aA— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) May 23, 2020
Exciting couple of days here at @NASAKennedy! Crew arrival in Florida was awesome, seeing our vehicle roll to 39A was epic, and watching our @SpaceX Falcon9 1st stage fire one more time before our mission still has a smile on my face! pic.twitter.com/RzTCC11klw— Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) May 22, 2020
See the astronauts next-generation spacesuits for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch.— Mark Steven ☀️🌏🌗🪐☄️✨🚀 (@_MarkSteven) May 22, 2020
It’s “designed to be functional, lightweight & offer protection from potential depressurisation” according to NASA.
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