This Weekend’s Launch of SpaceX CrewDragon Will Usher in a New Era

Sunday, 15 Nov, 2020

The upcoming launch is the real deal, and the beginning of regular crew flights to the ISS from America.

Musk announced Thursday night, on his platform of choice, that he'd been tested four times in one day for COVID-19 after not feeling very well for a few days, and being his typical self this was all couched as "something extremely bogus is going on" because he had two negative results and two positives.

The Dragon and SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket won NASA approval for regular crewed missions this week, making them the first vehicles the USA has certified to carry humans since the Space Shuttle, which was retired in 2011.

The first commercial fully-crewed spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) was scheduled to launch from Launch Complex 39A, which was built as part of the Apollo program.

The Livestream will begin on 16 Monday at 1.45 am IST (15 November at 3.15 pm EST) but the launch of the astronauts is scheduled to take place at 16 Monday at 5.57 am IST (15 November at 7.27 pm EST).

The rehearsal concluded with the go and no-go poll for Falcon 9 propellant loading, which normally occurs 45 minutes before launch.

The mission, also known as #LaunchAmerica, is a historical fulfillment of NASA's plan to launch humans right on the country's home soil.

'The history being made this time is we're launching what we call an operational flight to the International Space Station, ' NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference at Kennedy Space Center.

Officials said contact tracing by SpaceX found no link between Musk and any personnel in close touch with the four astronauts, who remain cleared for flight.

The first operational flight of the privately-developed space capsule was planned for Saturday, November 14.

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Beyond becoming the USA space agency's first regular commercial launch, the Crew-1 mission is also the first NASA-staffed mission licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. This will be its first flight, but the capsule is designed for reuse, and has been tested extensively.

Due to high winds and rough seas churned up by tropical storm Eta, the OCISLY droneship took an exceptionally tedious 7-day journey hugging the eastern coast of the United States to return to Port Canaveral.

The crew slated for launch on Sunday includes three NASA astronauts - Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker - and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut from Japan's space agency, JAXA. The crew will stay aboard for 6 months.

"We are ready for this launch".