The rocket is due to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center, launching astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a 19-hour ride aboard the company's newly designed Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The earliest next window for the flight will be on Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET.
Minutes before launch, NASA on Wednesday (local time) called off the most awaited mission that was to be the first to take American astronauts to orbit from American soil in almost a decade. The first manned mission to launch from American soil since 2011 and the first commercial manned launch was called off due to storm conditions. The rocket, meanwhile, should land on a drone ship after launch. Later that evening, he tweeted with the photo of the model rocket by Estes lifting off from a sandy launch pad on Florida's Atlantic coast. Eastern. Launch opportunities are governed by orbital mechanics of the International Space Station's orbit and the capabilities of the Falcon 9, and thus are not available every day.
NASA said the flight test will provide data on "the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Crew Dragon and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, and landing operations".
The astronauts are scheduled to blast off from the same launch pad used in 2011 by NASA's final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were among the attendees in Florida. That's when the space station will be in the desired place relative to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Demo-2's launch site, explained Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance.
Musk, wearing a mask and keeping his distance, chatted with the two NASA astronauts just before they left for the launch pad.
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Depending on weather conditions, it should be easy to catch over the UK, Adrian says. Astronauts have been using Russian Soyuz spacecraft to travel to the space station.
SpaceX is one of two USA companies who have won Nasa contracts to fly astronauts to the ISS and hoped it had beaten the rival Boeing Starliner in the race to put America back in space.
"We envision a future where low Earth orbit is entirely commercialized where NASA is one customer of many customers", said Jim Bridenstine, the agency's administrator. This is not something I ever thought would happen.
The last time NASA launched astronauts into space aboard a brand new vehicle was four decades ago at the outset of the shuttle program. In addition to tuning into the video live stream, you should go outside and see if you can catch a glimpse of the SpaceX-built spacecraft in the sky at 21:50 BST.