Weather Looks Good for SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch on Saturday

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon at Launch Complex 39A. (Credit: NASA)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — SpaceX is set to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, the first launch of a space system designed for humans built and operated by a commercial company through a public-private partnership, on a flight test to the International Space Station (ISS) at 2:49 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 2.

For a launch Saturday, meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing are predicting an 80 percent chance of favorable weather. Weak high pressure in advance of a front moving southeast into the area is expected during the launch window with a low probability for rain and weak surface winds and only slight concerns of any cumulus cloud or thick cloud rule violations during the instantaneous launch window.

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  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Awesome, feel’s like I’ve been waiting forever for this. Wonder what kind of “odd” items Musk will put inside it?
    If it was me, I would put a hamster in it, in a small plexiglas container in front of a window, with a camera on it. With badass shots of a hamster floating in space, with the Earth behind it. lol, sure you would get some backlash from PETA and others, but it would be worth it. 🙂

  • 76 er

    Yes, and it’s another stay-up-late launch. Cool idea about the hamster. The ISS folks would have a new pet and they could call the little guy ‘Zero G’.

  • Paul451

    Wonder what kind of “odd” items Musk will put inside it?

    It’s an ISS flight, so every single item will have to be screened by NASA. They might treat it like an extra cargo flight though.

    (As for “weird”, given those limits, my vote would be for two dummies in full IVA suits strapped in like astronauts, but convince NASA to not tell the ISS crew. Then when they open the hatch… Argh! Stowaways!)

  • redneck

    I can be one of the dummies..

  • ThomasLMatula

    SpaceX already announced that it will carry a mannequin in a suit as part of the demonstration flight.

  • duheagle

    It was also announced that it will be carrying a fair amount of freight – details unspecified. So Elon probably has a certain amount of latitude to include some “Easter eggs.”

  • ThomasLMatula

    True, but everything going to the ISS has to be cleared by NASA to be safe, which makes sense in terms of the ISS.

  • Jeff2Space

    Mannequin in a suit as well as cargo will be on board (according to what was reported at the NASA TV – SpaceX DM-1 Post Flight Readiness Review Press Conference).

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Go Dragon, Go Falcon, please pleas please everything work this year in the Commercial Crew program. Best of success to Space X, Boeing, and NASA.

  • duheagle

    Quite. I think the degree of playfulness embodied by “Easter eggs” among the freight might serve as a good read on the degree to which friends or foes of SpaceX within NASA now have the upper hand anent CC. I’d like to think it’s the friends. Kathy Lueders was certainly in previously uncharacteristically feisty form at the post-readiness review press conference, while the usual purveyors of anti-SpaceX shade seemed more subdued.

  • duheagle

    Well, to the good guys at NASA anyway.

  • Robert Sutton

    More Cheese

  • Robert G. Oler

    I think it works this year

  • duheagle

    Maybe. But the last time it was cheese, the Dragon 1 carrying it didn’t dock at ISS. The SpaceX workers ate the cheese when it came back. Certain kinds of cheese are – how to put this nicely? – flatulence-inducing. Not sure one wants to send such a thing to a closed environment.