As announced by Jim Bridenstine, current administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), tomorrow May 27 will take off the first manned mission of the Crew Dragon, the spacecraft developed by SpaceX with which they seek to lead the start of commercial manned space travel. An event that many hope to see and that we can follow live.
The Falcon 9 rocket will launch into space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:33 p.m. local time tomorrow. This is the first private manned space mission in the history of the company whose destination is the International Space Station (ISS), also creating this Crew Dragon which, after several successful tests, has already been prepared for send two astronauts into space.
How and when to track the launch of SpaceX
The protagonists, beyond the vehicles, will be NASA astronauts Robert Behnken et Douglas Hurley, which, as planned, will arrive at the ISS 24 hours after launch and stay there for 6 to 16 weeks. The stipulated time is as we said 4:33 p.m. Florida tomorrow May 27, for other regions, the following:
- Spain: 10:33 p.m. on the peninsula and 9:33 p.m. on the Canary Islands.
- Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia: 3:33 p.m.
- Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Cuba: 4:33 p.m.
- Argentina: 5:33 p.m.
SpaceX and NASA will stream from the websites themselves, although you can go directly to their YouTube channels or the NASATV website on Ustream. On the SpaceX channel, you can see many launch-related videos animate the wait, such as this animation of what will theoretically happen tomorrow.
A mission with a clear objective but a duration to be determined
The objective of this mission is validate the transport system manned by SpaceX and NASA, including the launch pad, rocket, capsule, and operational capability. It will also be the first time that the system will be tested in orbit with astronauts on board.
Speaking of the tasks of each astronaut, Behnken will be in charge of union and disunity operations with the ISS, as well as Demo-2 mission activities while the capsule remains docked, and Hurley will be responsible for launch, landing and recovery . Both were selected as NASA astronauts in 2000 and completed two space flights.
NASA explains on the mission page that the Crew Dragon will speed up to about 27,000 kilometers per hour until you reach the correct height to be in orbit. Once there, the capsule will be verified by a few tests (for the environmental control system, screens, etc.) and when 24 hours have passed since the launch, it will dock with the ISS, initially autonomous but supervised by astronauts. .
Here, by the way, we’ve already seen that while the Crew Dragon’s simple control panel may seem like a piece of cake, the capsule simulator in its pairing phase has shown us that it’s something tricky and complex, so we hope that everything will come out well both at launch and at the completion of the following phases. Another sign that everything that has happened with the coronavirus has not affected the plans for this mission as we have seen in other cases.