Crew Dragon Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Complex for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2, First Crew Spaceflight from U.S. Soil Since 2011

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived at Launch Complex 39A at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 15 for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission, the first crew spaceflight from the U.S. soil since 2011.

The spacecraft arrived at the launch complex after making the trek from its processing facility at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Arrival
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrives at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, transported from the company’s processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday, May 15, 2020, in preparation for the Demo-2 flight test. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

On the Demo-2 flight test, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon launched by a Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 4:33 p.m. EDT.

Demo-2 will serve as an end-to-end flight test to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, and is the final flight test for the system to be certified for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). This will be the first launch of American astronauts on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station since the final flight of the space shuttle in 2011.

This Wednesday, Behnken and Hurley will fly from their home base at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to the Florida spaceport. The agency Flight Readiness Review begins at Kennedy the following day.

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