SpaceX In-Flight Abort Launch Readiness Review Complete, Weather 90% ‘Go’ for Test on Saturday
By Space Coast Daily // January 17, 2020
launch targeted for 8 a.m. ET
ABOVE LIVESTREAM: Crew Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Teams from NASA and SpaceX are “go” for launch following today’s launch readiness review ahead the company’s in-flight abort test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Launch is scheduled for 8 a.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 18, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The flight test is planned to demonstrate Crew Dragon’s ability to safely escape the Falcon 9 rocket in the event of a failure during launch.
Watch the pre-test news conference at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, on NASA TV and the agency’s website. The participants include:
– Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
– Benji Reed, director, Crew Mission Management, SpaceX
– Mike McAleenan, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron
Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 90% chance of favorable weather, with the primary concerns for launch day being the flight through precipitation rule during the four-hour launch window.
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