Hurley and Behnken Arrive at Kennedy Ahead of SpaceX Demo-2 Launch

Pablo Tucker
May 22, 2020

Known as Crew Dragon Demo-2 (DM-2), the flight will mark the first time that American astronauts have launched from USA soil into space since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who greeted Behnken and Hurley at the runway along with Center Director Bob Cabana, noted how next week's launch will be the fifth time the US will launch American astronauts on a brand new vehicle.

While the Florida Space Coast has seen many launches since the shuttle's farewell tour in 2011, even at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, they were for satellites, robotic scanners, and space station supplies.

He said the May 27 launch will be an inspiration to the country.

Next week's SpaceX launch will mark the house company's highest-profile mission because the Space Shuttle program resulted in 2011.


The Demo-2 launch, scheduled to lift off from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 4:33 pm ET on May 27 will be closely watched.

'Lifting off from Launch Pad 39A atop a specially instrumented Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate its two passengers to approximately 17,000 miles per hour and put it on an intercept course with the International Space Station, ' NASA says.

In an all-hands notice to the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Directorate on Tuesday, first reported by SpaceRef, Mr Loverro stated that leaders had been generally known as on to take dangers, which turned out to be a mistake.

Looking at most recent flights for each, Doug Hurley most-recently flew as the Pilot on the Grand Finale flight of Atlantis, STS-135, while Bob Behnken's most recent mission was on STS-130, which saw Shuttle Endeavor loft the Tranquility Module and Cupola, giving astronauts the now wildly famous 360° view from Low Earth Orbit. The demo-2 crew members were welcomed by the NASA administrator and added that they are very happy and feeling great in welcoming Bob and Hurley for this upcoming historic mission.

A previous NASA test pilot, Robert Crippen, wishes that at least one space shuttle has continued to fly until a replacement is ready.


NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs would only say Loverro made a decision to resign and, beyond that, the agency can not discuss personnel issues.

The networks will also air "NASA & SpaceX: Journey to the Future", a two-hour documentary featuring an inside look at NASA and the SpaceX headquarters, leading up to the launch.

Crew Dragon made its debut early a year ago, launching successfully to the space station with a test dummy named Ripley after the "Alien" films' hardcore heroine.

Ferguson now works for Boeing, the other company hired by NASA in 2014 to transport crews.

"This will be the fifth time in American history when we have launched American astronauts on a brand-new vehicle". The walls are glossy white, not boring gray.


It has built-in escape engines created to fling the capsule off the rocket in an emergency, from the time Hurley and Behnken strap in until they reach orbit. "John and I had our ejection seats, but they wouldn't have done much for us at takeoff", sending them straight through the rocket fire trail.

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