It’s the third time an astronaut has been scheduled to ride a personal rocket into space.
It is scheduled for a Friday at 5:49 AM Eastern Time from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Both NASA and SpaceX present marathon live video on the mission from the astronaut suit throughout the launch period. Or you can watch it in the video player above.
This is the latest NASA mission by SpaceX, a rocket company started and operated by Elon Musk, will bring two American, Japanese and French astronauts to the International Space Station. That will be a continuation of the successful efforts by the space agency to turn the private sector into business in bringing people to low-Earth orbit.
SpaceX performed a demonstration mission with two NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley last year. The two men then splashed into the Atlantic in August. They travel in the same capsule called Endeavor, which will fly Friday.
Months later, SpaceX conducted what NASA called the first manned mission for the Crew Dragon spacecraft with four astronauts on board. The mission, Crew-1, launched in November and the astronauts remain on the station.
Arrived in the second operational mission, known as the Crew-2.
The Crew-2 launch is slated for Thursday morning and the launchpad weather is favorable, but mission managers must also take into account the conditions in the Atlantic that Crew Dragon capsules will bounce off should something go wrong. During a launch there, NASA and SpaceX decided the winds and waves were too high.
Weather reports Friday morning forecast 95 percent of favorable weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center. Better Atlantic conditions were expected on Thursday.
If Friday’s launch is postponed, SpaceX can try again on Monday.
About four hours before the launch on Friday morning, the four astronauts were dressed in space suits. SpaceX masked technicians in black uniforms join four teammates who sit in a model seated on a capsule that will take them into orbit.
When the astronauts finished dressing up, they were seen by SpaceX founder Elon Musk and NASA show curator Steve Jurczyk.
SpaceX engineer John Insprucker said “things look good” with the spacecraft and the weather ahead of launch.
About three hours and 15 minutes before take off, the astronauts and four other crew members sit in a Tesla Model X SUV with license plates reading “REDUCE,” “RECYCLE” and “REUSE” before the vehicle drives to the platform. Launched, they say that society is farewell to their families.
The four teammates arrived at the launch site and were soon aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, approximately two hours and 30 minutes prior to the launch, mission commander Shane Kimbrough and first take-off pilot Megan McArthur, followed by expert Thomas Pesquet. Of Crew-2 and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide
On the night before the launch, astronauts shared the last meal they would enjoy on Earth, “6 months of space food from now!” NASA’s Shane Kimbrough said on Twitter.
The astronauts also posted a playlist of songs they said they planned to listen to while driving to the Launchpad.
Hours before launch, astronauts will begin to enter their trademark SpaceX spacecraft with help from a mechanic. They then bid farewell to the family and head to Launchpad in Tesla Model X SUVs (a cross-marketing between SpaceX and Tesla, both run by Mr.Musk).
After they arrived at the launch pad, the astronauts boarded the capsule and spent hours working on mission control to confirm that its system was ready for flight.
The launch will time out as the space station’s orbit passes through Florida. When the capsule enters orbit, it is directly behind the space station. But traveling faster in a lower orbit, Crew Dragon was able to dock at 5:10 AM on Saturday.
During the 23-hour flight, astronauts change their clothes from space, eat a meal or two, rest and provide updates on mission control.
When the capsule docked to the station, an automated process, it took a few hours to check to make sure there were no air leaks before launching the hatch and the Crew-2 astronauts disembarked.
The Crew-2 astronauts had to spend six months at the International Space Station.
Akihiko Hoshide Of Japan’s space agency JAXA, Mr. Hoshide, 52, has made two previous space trips. He was a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 2008 and in 2012 he spent four months aboard the space station.
Shane Kimbrough NASA’s Mr. Kimbrough, 53, is Crew-2 commander.He made two previous space trips, one aboard the Endeavor space shuttle in 2008, then spent more than six months on the space station from October 2016 to April 2017.
K.Megan McArthur NASA’s Dr. MacArthur, 49, was a mission pilot and previously flew on the Atlantis space shuttle in May 2009 on the final mission of repairing and upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope. During that mission, Dr. McArthur, an oceanographer by training, used the shuttle’s robotic arm to grab a telescope and place it in the cargo bay.
Dr. MacArthur married Bob Behnken, one of the first astronaut-traveling astronauts on the same SpaceX capsule last year. She will be seated in the seat he occupied during the flight.
Thomas Pesquet Of the European Space Agency, Pesquet, 43, previously spent six months on the space station from November 2016 to June 2017, overlapping Mr Kimbrough for most of his time. He is from france
Historically, NASA has led the design and operation of vehicles for astronauts, including the first Mercury capsule, the Apollo spacecraft to the moon, and the space shuttle.
But that was expensive, and since the space shuttle stopped flying in 2011, NASA had to pay Russia for its expensive trip to orbit using the country’s Soyuz rocket.
By choosing a commercial carrier, NASA hopes to save money and stimulate the development of new space businesses as SpaceX can sell seats on the Dragon capsule to non-NASA customers.
NASA also picked up a second company, Boeing, but Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner presentation experienced severe software crashes during the no-pull test flight.In December 2019, re-testing without fetching would take place. Later this year and the first trip Astronauts may not happen until next year.
The Crew Dragon is a gum-shaped capsule, the original SpaceX Dragon capsule used to carry cargo to the space station. The capsule, named Endeavor, was used on the first demonstration with two astronauts aboard the ship in May.
The spacecraft was similar in size to the Apollo capsule that carried NASA astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.SpaceX said the Crew Dragon could be configured to have seats for seven. But for the NASA expedition, there will be only four astronauts at a time.
Four astronauts who went into orbit in November during the Crew-1 mission remain at the space station. All four astronauts and the Crew-1 capsule are scheduled to return to Earth on April 28.
The Crew Dragon is more advanced than NASA astronauts sat 50 years ago, and is also slimmer than the space shuttle. The fancy touch screen replaces the buttons and joysticks used in earlier spacecraft.
If you thought you could fly Crew Dragon yourself, SpaceX provided a web-based version of the system that NASA astronauts would use if it wanted to replace the spacecraft’s automation, some YouTubers have provided a helpful explanation of how. Complete connection
The era of astronauts living in toothpaste-like tubes is long ago, and space food is even more appetizing than ever before.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet in Crew-2 will have a delectable meal prepared by a famous French chef awaiting him in space. Here are some dishes that Mr. Pesquet and his astronauts will enjoy during his six-month orbit: lobster, bourguignon, cod fillet with black rice, potato cake with wild mushrooms, and tart. Almonds with Caramelized Pears
Alain Ducasse, the chef who runs famous restaurants around the world, including Benoit in Manhattan and Thierry Marx, another Michelin-starred chef, is one of the world’s culinary experts to work. Together with the space agency to produce food
This is part of an effort to have food that astronauts can share with their colleagues to celebrate a special occasion. But even the space food NASA provides for astronauts today is “great,” said NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, who commanded the SpaceX mission on Friday.
Ryan Dowdy, who recently left NASA after handling food on the space station for more than two years, said there were 200 items on the menu to get rid of the boredom. “There’s no grocery store,” he said. “You can’t do DoorDash, you have to do it. What is there for “
He said the lamb loin and macaroni and cheese were especially delicious.