NASA has many a time reschedule the launch of the SpaceX Demo-1, which is a non-crew test flight, but the recent details show that early March might be a finally go time.
Recently, NASA has shared the information allied to the mission which consists of a launch date of Mar. 1 and a launch-time target of 11:48 p.m. Pacific. As per the agency, this non-crew test flights will be the first commercially constructed and operated American spacecraft which is designed for the crew to send them to the space station. With the help of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Crew Dragon capsule will take off and then head towards the International Space Station. The spacecraft is slated to reach at the International Space Station on March 3. This spacecraft won’t be having any Cosmonauts on board but it will be loaded with 400 pounds of equipment and crew supplies.
SpaceX has seemed to be ready for the mission for quite a long time. The Falcon 9 rocket and the capsule are already set on the launch pad in their respective positions. The launch pad is located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Jan. 24, SpaceX has tweeted an intense static test fire and at that time SpaceX was targeting a February launch. For five days the Crew Dragon will be hanging out at the International Space Station and then it will be headed back to Earth with research samples. If everything goes well then the capsule will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery. The prelaunch events will be covered by NASA TV starting on Feb. 22 and it will then follow the main launch.
The Crew Dragon launch will make history in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. This program features both Boeing and SpaceX which are working together to bring the launches back to the soil of the United States.