NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 ‘Go’ to Proceed Toward May 27 Launch | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne Unmanned-
Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Flight Training-Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne Special Programs!

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--05.27.20

Airborne-Unmanned--05.28.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--05.20.20

Airborne Unlimited--05.29.20

Airborne's Annual April 1st Episode

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--05.27.20

Airborne-Unmanned--05.28.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--05.20.20

Airborne Unlimited--05.29.20

The 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview!

Sat, May 23, 2020

NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 ‘Go’ to Proceed Toward May 27 Launch

Mission Will Validate The Company’s Crew Transportation System

The Flight Readiness Review has concluded, and NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is cleared to proceed toward liftoff on the first crewed flight of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station, is slated for Wednesday, May 27, at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.

Behnken will be the joint operations commander for the mission, responsible for activities such as rendezvous, docking and undocking, as well as Demo-2 activities while the spacecraft is docked to the space station. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and has completed two space shuttle flights. Behnken flew STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-130 in February 2010, and he performed three spacewalks during each mission. Born in St. Anne, Missouri, he has bachelor’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington University and earned a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology. Before joining NASA, Behnken was a flight test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.

Hurley will be the spacecraft commander for Demo-2, responsible for activities such as launch, landing and recovery. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and has completed two spaceflights. Hurley served as pilot and lead robotics operator for both STS-127 in July 2009 and STS-135, the final space shuttle mission, in July 2011. The New York native was born in Endicott but considers Apalachin his hometown. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in Louisiana and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Maryland. Before joining NASA, he was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Lifting off from Launch Pad 39A atop a specially instrumented Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate its two passengers to approximately 17,000 mph and put it on an intercept course with the International Space Station. Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will verify the spacecraft is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays and control system and the maneuvering thrusters, among other things. In about 24 hours, Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station. The spacecraft is designed to do this autonomously but astronauts aboard the spacecraft and the station will be diligently monitoring approach and docking and can take control of the spacecraft if necessary.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

Advertisement

More News

CAF Mississippi Wing Adds PT-19 WWII Trainer

Contest To Name Aircraft Underway The Mississippi Wing of the Commemorative Air Force acquired a PT-19 (primary trainer). This aircraft was built in 1943, during the World War II. >[...]

NASA Working On Making Skies Safe for UAS

NASA Began Its UAS Integration In The NAS Project In 2011 NASA and its partners are taking flying UAS closer to operating in harmony with other aircraft in the National Airspace Sy>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.29.20)

“We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger. These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environ>[...]

All-Electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan Makes First Flight

Took Place At The Grant County International Airport In Moses Lake, Washington magniX and AeroTEC have completed a successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. T>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 05.28.20: FAA UAS Symposium, Flirtey Patent, Senator Letter

Also: AMA Remembers Bob Brown, New eVTOL Startup, Airobotics Gets Approval, UAS Delivers Defibrillators The FAA and AUVSI have announced the two-part virtual event for the revised >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC