NASA Demo-1 Launch Scheduled for March 2 at 2:48 a.m. From Launch Complex 39A at KSC
By NASA // February 25, 2019
first uncrewed flight to ISS for the Crew Dragon
(NASA) – NASA and SpaceX are proceeding with plans to conduct the first uncrewed test flight of the Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space Station scheduled for 2:48 a.m. EST Saturday, March 2 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It will be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for humans will launch to the space station.
NASA will broadcast a post-flight readiness review briefing from Kennedy, with the following representatives:
- William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, NASA Human Exploration and Operations
- Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
- Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
- Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program
- Norm Knight, deputy director, NASA Johnson Space Center Flight Operations
While the review was ongoing, crew members on station utilized a computer-based trainer and reviewed procedures to refresh themselves with the Crew Dragon spacecraft systems, rendezvous and docking, ingress operations, changes to emergency responses, and vehicle departure. Demo-1 is the first uncrewed flight to the space station for the Crew Dragon.
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with two American companies to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective crew transportation to and from the International Space Station, which could allow for additional research time and increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity’s testbed for exploration.
STAY TUNED: Space Coast Daily will provide full mission coverage for activities from now through launch, docking, departure and splashdown.
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