NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS

CNET | 2/20/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule gets ready ahead of an uncrewed test flight.

Delays and space flights are close companions. NASA has pushed back the launch date for the SpaceX Demo-1 uncrewed test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule several times already, but new details make it sound like March 2 could finally be go time.

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NASA shared details of the mission on Wednesday, including a launch-time target of 11:48 a.m. Pacific. "The uncrewed test flights will be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for humans will launch to the space station," the agency says.

The Crew Dragon capsule will lift off with an assist from a Falcon 9 rocket and head to the International Space Station. It's scheduled to dock at the ISS on March 3 very early in the morning. Though it won't have any humans on board, it will be stocked with 400 pounds of crew supplies and equipment.

SpaceX - Mission - Time - Capsule - Falcon

SpaceX has looked ready to get going on this mission for quite some time. The capsule and Falcon 9 are already in position on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX...
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