SpaceX will go down in history today with the launch of the Crew-1 spacecraft scheduled to launch at 7:27 PM from Cape Canaveral, Florida. While SpaceX has already put astronauts into space, that was a test mission, and today’s launch will mark the first official commercial launch for NASA and SpaceX crews. This will be the second launch that puts astronauts in space and on the International Space Station from US soil since the retirement of the shuttle fleet. The space.
Dragon of the Crew The capsule will launch at 7:27 p.m., assuming the weather continues, over a Falcon 9. The first test flight, which was not officially part of the commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX, occurred in May. That mission was required for the spacecraft to obtain NASA certification to take the crew into orbit, to the International Space Station, and one day after.
On that first test flight, the capsule remained connected to the International Space Station for 63 days after delivering astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board. At the end of that residency, it returned to Earth, and successfully littered the Gulf of Mexico in August. The capsule that is going to go into space today is called the elastic.
The launch facility where the spacecraft will be launched is located in Brevard County, and up to 500,000 people are expected to personally watch the launch. NASA did not discourage people from coming to watch the launch but did encourage them to wear masks and socialize. Once launched, the astronauts will spend 27 hours traveling to the International Space Station.
The launch date was tentatively set for Saturday, and the flight to the space station would have been shorter if the launch was appended as originally planned. SpaceX will reclaim the reusable booster with the intention of using it on the Crew-2 mission next spring.