A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil. The Demo-2 mission is the second test flight of Crew Dragon, and the first flight with crew onboard. It will carry NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station for an extended stay (the specific mission duration will be determined once on station based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch). They will perform tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew. As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit. The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station. Current Mission Status: After a successful ride to orbit and stay at the International Space Station, the Dragon Spacecraft successfully made its way back to Earth. Capsule successfully landed in the Gulf of Mexico waters on 3rd August 2020 at 18:48 UTC.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
The Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is a human spaceflight program operated by NASA, in association with American aerospace manufacturers Boeing and SpaceX. The program conducts rotations between the expeditions of the International Space Station program, transporting crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon capsules, in the first crewed orbital spaceflights operated by private companies.
The first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon will dock to the International Space Station as part of its last test mission : DM-2 (Demonstration Mission 2). Aboard the spacecraft will be NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.
The first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon has successfully splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after its departure from the International Space Station on August 1. Aboard the spacecraft are NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken. Timeline (EDT): •1:51 pm – Trunk Separation •1:56 pm – Deorbit burn •2:32 pm – Maneuver to entry attitude •2:44 pm – Drogue parachute deploy •2:45 pm – Main chute deploy •2:48 pm – Splashdown
The first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon will undock from the International Space Station on August 1. Aboard the spacecraft will be NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken. It will then reenter the Earth's atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.