It is the first launch of American astronauts from USA soil since 2011, which saw the final flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Liftoff is scheduled for 21:22 SAST, from the historic Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
To watch live coverage leading up to and including the mission's launch, you can do so in the video below. Unfortunately, SpaceX called off the launch due to poor weather conditions, including a tornado advisory. For us in South Africa, that will be 21:22 on Saturday.
"Team is performing additional pre-flight checkouts of Falcon 9, Crew Dragon, and the ground support system ahead of tomorrow's [27 May] Demo-2 mission. Weather forecast for launch is 60% favourable".
"Per NASA, "...this mission will send NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program...
NASA hired SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to transport astronauts to the space station in a new kind of public-private partnership. There you'll see the invitation to join NASA for "a virtual experience of the NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 launch".
The SpaceX Crew Dragon launch takes place today (May 30) at 3:22 p.m.
NASA is live-streaming the event on YouTube channel and its website.
The Crew Dragon will launch on top of a Falcon 9 rocket with 1.7 million pounds of thrust from the first stage engines.
NASA subsequently abandoned the space shuttle program in 2011 and turned to private industry to develop its next-generation spacecraft. Development of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's Starliner capsules took longer than expected, however.
Once in orbit, the Crew Dragon will make its way to the International Space Station. However, today's launch will be a bit different: two humans are tagging along for the ride.
Veteran NASA astronauts set out today (May 27) to make history with SpaceX's Demo-2 mission and everyone from celebrities to astronauts is celebrating around the world.
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Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have been training for years for the mission, which would move the United States closer to no longer being reliant on Russian Federation for crewed flights.
Behnken and Douglas have been flying to the ISS on Soyuz rockets since the USA shuttle program ended. This tour also shows the SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorn, California. You may get the channel with your cable package or you can add it as a Roku channel or stream it for free on Pluto TV.