The New Journey to Space

In order to be prepared for a safe and succesful launch on May 27, 2020, NASA and SpaceX have spent a lot of time together to get ready.

May 21, 2020
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Photo By: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Photo By: NASA/Kim Shiflett

October 2019: NASA visits SpaceX

Employees of SpaceX work on the Crew Dragon reusable spacecraft after a press conference at SpaceX headquarter where NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced new developments of the Crew Dragon reusable spacecraft.

February 2020: SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Dragon Arrival

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the first crew launch from American soil since 2011, has arrived at the launch site. NASA and SpaceX are preparing for the agency's first flight test with astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. The SpaceX Crew Dragon will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from historic Launch Complex 39A from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft now will undergo final testing and prelaunch processing in a SpaceX facility on nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: SpaceX

March 2020: CCP SpaceX Demo-2 Launch and Docking Simulation

SpaceX teams in Firing Room 4 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the company's Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, along with NASA flight controllers in Mission Control Houston, executed a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley participating in SpaceX's flight simulator.

April 2020: SpaceX Demo-2 End-to-End Pad Rescue Demonstration

NASA and SpaceX completed an end-to-end demonstration of the teams’ ability to safely evacuate crew members from the Fixed Service Structure during an emergency situation at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

May 2020: SpaceX Crew Dragon's Mark 3 Parachute Test

SpaceX completed its 27th and final test of Crew Dragon’s Mark 3 parachute system on Friday, May 1, 2020, that will be used during the Demo-2 mission to safely land the spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley back from the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Crew Dragon will carry Behnken and Hurley atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

May 2020: SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Dragon Arrival at Pad 39A

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrives at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, transported from the company’s processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday, May 15, 2020, in preparation for the Demo-2 flight test with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

May 2020: NASA Hosts Crew Arrival News Conference for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Test

From left, Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana pose for a photo after speaking to members of the media on May 20, 2020, at the Launch and Landing Facility runway following the crew’s arrival to the Florida spaceport. Under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Behnken and Hurley will be the first astronauts launching to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled for 4:33 p.m. on May 27 from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A.

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