How to Watch the Upcoming NASA SpaceX Rocket Launch Live

Katie Ramirez
May 22, 2020

"Discovery and Science Channel have spent over a year documenting SpaceX's race to become the first private company to launch American astronauts into space", Discovery executive vice president Scott Lewers said in a statement.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who greeted Behnken and Hurley at the runway along with Center Director Bob Cabana, noted how next week's launch will be the fifth time the US will launch American astronauts on a brand new vehicle.

While Florida's Space Coast has seen plenty of launches since the shuttle's farewell tour in 2011 - even at the height of the coronavirus pandemic - they were for satellites, robotic explorers and space station supplies.

According to the recent reports from our space agency, there were two veteran astronauts has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center located in Florida today ahead of a must anticipated test flight on a SpaceX spaceship due for the next week.

The event marks the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from US soil since 2011.

It is the first program to be carried out as a public-private partnership - with SpaceX producing the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Boeing producing the Starliner.

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This long streak will come to an end with the launch of SpaceX's Demo-2 on May 27 from historic launch pad 39A.

While appointing Loverro in October, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine had called Loverro "a respected strategic leader in both civilian and defense programs" who "will be of great benefit to NASA at this critical time in our final development of human spaceflight systems for both Commercial Crew and Artemis". "In an effort to celebrate the class of 2020, from kindergarten to graduate school, SpaceX and NASA are inviting students from around the world to submit their photo to fly on America's first human space flight in nearly a decade, "said SpaceX". They have also been working with SpaceX to develop the spacecraft systems.

Before joining NASA, Behnken was a flight test engineer for the U.S. Air Force. Investments made, and innovation brought forward, have drawn SpaceX to within a rock's throw of restarting the clock on American crew flying from American soil, with an anticipated delta of 8 years, 11 months, 22 days and approximately 17 hours.

Crippen also wants the shuttle replacement to look more futuristic and land on an airstrip.

A capsule is generally simpler, and therefore safer, than a winged spaceship like the shuttle, Hurley and Behnken noted.

But it's still just the second flight of the crew capsule, and "the statistics will tell you that's riskier than the 15th flight or 20th flight of the vehicle", said Hurley, a former fighter pilot.

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