SpaceX Set to Launch First Astronauts. Here's How to Watch

Pablo Tucker
August 3, 2020

"If it goes wrong, it's my fault", he added, before noting: "Thousands of things that can go wrong, and only one thing that can go right".

Piloted by NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, it will head for the International Space Station.

History could be made at 9.33pm United Kingdom time tonight, Wednesday, May 27, when SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, carrying two astronauts inside a new Crew Dragon Spacecraft to join the International Space Station.

Musk, who also runs carmaker Tesla, said that the launch will be "the culmination of a dream".

"In fact, it feels surreal".

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. was founded in 2002 by a Mars-obsessed entrepreneur determined to break the rules of the aerospace industry's game, Elon Musk. First and foremost, NASA's single highest priority for crewed Commercial Crew Program (CCP) launches is and will continue to be astronaut safety. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched aboard Falcon-9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on May 27 at 4.32 PM EDT (May 28 2.02 AM IST). Engineers and other experts are watching the weather closely, SpaceX said. "SpaceX Vice President of Build and Reliability Hans Koenigsmann described the method of weighing those dozens of sites as an extremely complex algorithm, suggesting that unacceptable weather in certain spots might not fully delay a launch opportunity".

Backup windows were identified on May 30 and May 31. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he hopes this launch will inspire awe and uplift the general public during the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. That was an increase from the day before.

"Unfortunately, we are not going to launch today", launch director Mike Taylor said, with about 17 minutes to go until takeoff.

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

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