NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Briefings, Events and Broadcasts

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken practice extraction from a Crew Dragon capsule. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 flight test with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. The mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace industry to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, for the launch of the Demo-2 flight, which will be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft will carry humans to the space station. The launch, as well as other activities leading up to the launch, will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at approximately 11:29 a.m. on Thursday, May 28.

Monday, May 25

Prelaunch Briefing at Kennedy 

Time: Approximately 6 p.m. or one hour after Launch Readiness Review completion

Participants:

  • Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
  • Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program
  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Norm Knight, deputy director, NASA Johnson Space Center Flight Operations
  • Mike McAleenan, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron

A media phone bridge will be available for this event.

Tuesday, May 26

Administrator Countdown Clock Briefing at Kennedy (limited in-person media only)

Time: 10 a.m.

Participants:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Bob Cabana, director, Kennedy Space Center
  • Astronaut representative

Wednesday, May 27

NASA TV launch coverage begins (4:33 p.m. liftoff)

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Administrator Postlaunch News Conference at Kennedy

Time: 6 p.m.

Participants:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program
  • SpaceX representative
  • Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program
  • Astronaut Office representative

Thursday, May 28

Docking, 11:29 a.m. (NASA Television will have continuous coverage from launch to docking)

NASA TV Launch Coverage

NASA TV live coverage will begin no earlier than 12:15 p.m. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit http://www.nasa.gov/live.

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “mission audio,” countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135.

Also on launch day, a “clean feed” of the launch without NASA TV commentary will be carried on the NASA TV media channel. Launch also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz and UHF radio frequency 444.925 MHz, heard within Brevard County on the Space Coast.

NASA Web Launch Coverage

Launch day coverage of the SpaceX Demo-2 flight test will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning no earlier than 12:15 p.m. as the countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the newsroom at 321-867-2468. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at http://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.

The goal of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station, which could allow for additional research time and increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity’s testbed for exploration.

For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog and more information about the mission, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew