The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27. The STS-135 was the 135th and the final mission of the American Space Shuttle programme that launched on July 8, 2011, and landed on July 21, 2011.
Bob Behnken: Robert "Bob" Behnken is a US Air Force Colonel who is on his third trip to the space, having logged over 708 hours into orbit with over 37 hours of spacewalks. Russian Federation has provided the sole crew transport since the space shuttle's retirement.
The Crew Dragon capsule the rocket is propelling will dock at the station before being used in several months to carry the astronauts back to Earth.
SpaceX's program revolves around reusing key components, including capsules and rockets. Although a capsule* and then exploded, but in the meantime, the "Crew Dragon" passed all the Tests. The astronauts offered their final thoughts before heading to the International Space Station.
Now that the flight readiness review and the static-fire test have been checked off the to-do list, the next big event on the agenda is Saturday's "dry dress rehearsal", which will involve going through the launch-day schedule without fueling up and firing the rocket.
NASA is preparing to utilize knowledge gained in the missions to land the first woman and next man on the Moon's surface in 2024 as part of its Artemis program. (Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images) A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla on February 6, 2018. "We will have a final human rating certification review after Demo-2, before the Crew-1 mission, just to certify the relatively small set of design changes between the Demo-2 system and the Crew-1 system, and at that point, we will deem the system human rating certified".
"Most people three years ago would have said Boeing would be first, but it turns out SpaceX has made steady progress", Logsdon said. Before leaving for Florida, Hurley said: "It's an incredible time for Nasa and the space programme as it again launches United States crews from Florida, hopefully in just a week from now". That final rehearsal, she said, is meant to make sure "everything is working days before the launch".