"All Systems Go": Schedule of Crew-1 launch countdown events

Katie Ramirez
November 16, 2020

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was sidelined from Sunday's historic Crew Dragon launch at Kennedy Space Center by COVID-19. SpaceX was chosen alongside Boeing by NASA in 2014 to create their respective systems, and SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket became the first to achieve actual human flight certification from NASA earlier this year with the successful completion of its final, Demo-2 test mission, which flew to the ISS with two US astronauts on board.

The event will feature commentary from former astronauts Peggy Whitson, Mike Massimino, and Garrett Reisman, with Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi participating in the launch.

The launch is scheduled for 7:27 PM ET.

In case the weather worsens again, another backup launch date is available at 3:16 p.m. PST Wednesday.

It will be only the second time that the Dragon, and its Falcon rocket, have been used to send people to space.

Six months after launching astronauts for the first time, SpaceX is sending another crew to the International Space Station.

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The first-stage booster is expected to be recycled by SpaceX for the next crew launch.

It is also the culmination of years of collaboration between NASA and the private sector as part of an effort to bring launch capabilities back to US soil and end a dependency on Russian Federation for trips to the International Space Station. During the Demo-1 mission, while all actual launch, docking and landing was handled by SpaceX's fully autonomous software and navigation, astronauts also took over manual control briefly to demonstrate that this human-piloted backup would operate as intended, if required.

Glover is one of 48 active NASA astronauts who are considered "active", meaning that they can get called to a flight assignment at any time. Four of those active astronauts are Black.

Glover, 44, is the fourth Cal Poly alumnus to serve as a NASA astronaut. A three-time graduate of the University of Tokyo, the engineer and longtime Scout became an astronaut in 1996.

Mackenzie Shuman primarily writes about Cal Poly, SLO County education and the environment for The Tribune. She's originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2020.

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