Today, American manned space can be back on the line. SpaceX company at the finish line of Demo-2 mission – demonstration flight to ISS of Crew Dragon with astronauts on board. The ship, which is an alternative to the Russian “Soyuz”, properly delivering passengers to ISS in monopoly mode for a decade now.
The launch, if all goes according to plan and the weather does not let down, should take place today, May 27 at 16:32. You can watch it live on the official NASA channel.
The crew of Crew Dragon are two astronaut veterans: 49-year-old Robert Behnken and 53-year-old Douglas Hurley. Both were military pilots in the past, joined NASA in 2000. They flew twice in space on space shuttles. Hurley was on board during the last flight of the U.S. space shuttle program in 2011. Both have wives and children. They’ll be watching the launch right from the scene.
The Demo-2 mission is the final step towards NASA certification for long-term guided missions. The Falcon-9 launches from Site 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, then docks with the ISS. Bob and Doug will spend a month to four on the station, and then return to Earth using the same Crew Dragon. The ship will be brought to the Atlantic Ocean, where a rescue ship will wait for it. Only after a successful landing will it be possible to talk about the success of the mission as a whole.