Stage 2 completion of the Dragon SpaceX with crew successfully in orbit.
T-minus twelve minutes till lift off and the crew is good to go for the SpaceX company’s first launch of a human crew to space. Lebanon native Astronaut Michael Hopkins confirmed all systems are go as liquid oxygen is loaded on to the spacecraft.
With t-minus 42 minutes to launch, the crew access arm is retracted and completed. Once this process is complete they will arm the launch escape system.
With t-minus 1 hour a 13 minutes till lift off and the SPACEX Crew-1 is on the timeline for launch. The hatch close was successfully closed after running a 2nd five minute leak check. The close out team has left the crew access arm.
The new SpaceX spacesuits received a five-star rating from NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken who were the first humans to wear the suits in space on the Demo-2 Mission. The innovative upgrades of the SpaceX spacesuits include being fitted to the individual astronauts body, and were easier to mobilize during zero G.
SpaceX’s custom-tailored suits route the communications and cooling systems and protect the crew in the event of cabin depressurization https://t.co/RXP3uusxub
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 15, 2020
NASA Crew-1 astronaut Shannon Walker was born in Houston, Texas. At the age of 55, Shannon joins the NASA Crew-1 team being assigned to the NASA Crew-1 mission in February 2020. Walker will be the only female aboard NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission. From a young age Shannon Walker had her sights set on space.
Tomorrow, SpaceX’s first four-astronaut launch for NASA is scheduled to take place. After SpaceX and NASA delayed the Crew-1 astronaut launch to Sunday due to unacceptable winds for the rocket booster’s recovery at the Falcon 9’s offshore landing zone, NASA has scheduled the take off for tomorrow, Sunday evening. NASA and SpaceX are targeting 7:27 p.m. EST from the Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA Television launch coverage will begin at 3:15pm Eastern Time with over 30 hours of continuous coverage following the launch including the docking, hatch opening, and the welcome ceremony at the International Space Station. There is also a planned news conference following docking activities.
Watch the Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission to the International Space Station