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First manned SpaceX Crew Dragon flight set for May 27 liftoff

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First manned SpaceX Crew Dragon flight set for May 27 liftoff

David Szondy

April 17, 2020

The date for SpaceX's first manned Crew Dragon flight has been set. NASA announced that the Demo-2 mission will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27, 2020, at 4:32 pm EDT with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard.

The first manned mission to launch from American soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, Demo-2 will be the final test flight by SpaceX before certification for making regular flights to the International Space Station (ISS) to ferry crews back and forth. In addition to the systems of the Crew Dragon being tested in orbit, the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities will be put through their paces back on Earth.

After the Crew Dragon reaches orbit, the spacecraft systems, including the environmental control system, displays, control system, and maneuvering thrusters will be given a thorough testing. Around 24 hours after launch, the craft will rendezvous and dock with the ISS. According to NASA, this, as well as the undocking, will be an autonomous operation, though it will be supervised by the crew of the Dragon and the space station.

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Apr. 20 2020

The private manned, for profit, space flight era gets its official launch on May 28, the date NASA and SpaceX have set to send Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

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May 1 2020

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