SpaceX and NASA to launch first manned flight in nine years

Pablo Tucker
August 2, 2020

They are set to try the launch again on Saturday afternoon, with another backup time on Sunday.

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, was set to launch two Americans into orbit on Wednesday from Florida on a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.

The launch will take place at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, and it's scheduled for just after 4:30 p.m.

It's free to register, and only takes a few minutes. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was due to lift off from the. NASA undertook the Commercial Crew program in 2010 to seek public-private partnerships to return its launch capabilities, eventually selecting both SpaceX and Boeing to design and develop spacecraft rated for human flight.

Yes, today is the day when Behnken and Hurley ride the Dragon for what NASA is calling its Demo-2 mission, a test mission to help prove the systems meet NASA's requirements for certification to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and back. But now, based on the Demo-2 mission, the Crew Dragon Capsule will be able to earn regular astronaut shuttle missions to the International Space Station.

You may also be able to see Crew Dragon on subsequent orbits on the same evening as it heads towards the ISS.

Should everything go as planned today, this will be the first launch of NASA astronauts from USA soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

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