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Mars 2020 launch

The Mars 2020 launch as seen from 5000 feet up.

Photo credit: John Kraus

Crew Dragon flies!

SpaceX DM-2 mission launched successfully 30 May 2020. If you missed, or want to re-live this historic event, here is a great video:

SpaceX DM-2 Flight Day Highlights – 30 May 2020

What to expect from the Crew Dragon mission

Crew Dragon Animation

Getting closer to launch

NASA and SpaceX yesterday (May 23 2020) completed the final rehearsal for the upcoming first manned launch of the Crew Dragon space craft. NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken went through pre-launch procedures in preparation for the flight scheduled for Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

Weather conditions are a concern for the launch schedule. Alternative launch dates for the mission to the ISS fall on 30 May and 31 May.

Credit: SpaceX

Moving closer to the Crew Dragon launch

On 21 May 2020 the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule arrived at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.undefined

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

On 22 May 2020 SpaceX and NASA completed the mission’s flight readiness review, including a static firing of the Falcon 9 first stage engines, as seen below.


Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The next step is a dry dress rehearsal (rocket does not get fueled) scheduled for 23 May 2020. Launch is currently scheduled for 27 May 2020.

Another important step towards the resumption of U.S. manned spaceflight

Astronauts enter a routine quarantine for historic SpaceX Crew Dragon launch

NASA astronauts Bob Behknen (left) and Doug Hurley will be the first to fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft during the Demo-2 mission expected to launch 27 May 2020.
(Image: © SpaceX)

Great space news!

NASA and SpaceX have announced the date for the first manned flight to launch from the U.S. since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Demo-2 commercial crew mission being prepared for a launch now scheduled for May 27. Credit: SpaceX

NASA has not used its iconic “worm” logo on a spacecraft since 1992. But as the above photo shows, the logo is back for this historic launch.

SpaceX takes huge step towards Crew Dragon manned flight

On 19 January 2020 SpaceX and NASA conducted a test of the Crew Dragon launch escape system. They launched an unmanned Crew Dragon with a Falcon 9 rocket and had the Falcon 9 deliberately fail to test the escape system. As you can see in the video below, all went well and there was an amazing – and expected – explosion along the way. This is a very important step towards having US astronauts launch into space on a US built space craft from US soil, perhaps as soon as the second quarter of the year.

New from SpaceX

A video simulating a Starship launch. Very cool. Sign me up!

SpaceX Starship

Falcon Heavy & Starman

If you missed the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, here is a great, under two minutes, summary video showing all the highlights.  A fun watch with great music.


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