SpaceX In-Flight Abort Launch Readiness Review Complete, Weather 90% ‘Go’ for Test on Saturday

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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.