Update: In a day for the history books, Falcon 9 has successfully launched the Crewed Dragon, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into LEO. They will now pilot the capsule for 19 hours before connecting to the International Space Station.
SpaceX has a live-feed of the launch and all of its preparations going on Youtube. Over a million people have tuned in so far to see history made in a couple of hours.
After standing down from launch on Wednesday May 27, SpaceX is now targeting Saturday, May 30 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States.
If this flight doesn’t get the go-ahead, then the next rain-check is tomorrow, May 31, at 3 pm.
The last opportunity was scrubbed only 16 minutes before launch, after static in the atmosphere and clouds made the operation in violation of launch rules.
The launch will be the first time in history that a private company has launched humans into orbit, and will herald a new era of space travel.
This comes only a day after SpaceX’s Starship prototype exploded during a test. Not to be confused with this rocket, which is a battle-tested design that has been painstakingly looked over for weeks in preparation for this launch.
Currently SpaceX is predicting a 50/50 chance of weather holding for launch.