SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew mission passes flight readiness review

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On Saturday (May 23), for example, mission teams will run through a "dry dress" exercise, which will simulate numerous activities that NASA and SpaceX will perform in the leadup to launch on Wednesday.

Top officials at the USA space agency and Elon Musk's company had been meeting since Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final checks of the Crew Dragon space capsule ahead of its maiden May 27 crewed mission.

The work, Lueders said, won't stop with the Demo-2 launch itself, scheduled for 4:33 p.m.

Trump told reporters on Thursday that he may go to Florida to watch the launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon, which will carry two NASA astronauts, CBS News reports. "In the end it was a very, very clean review", he said.

The review, which began Thursday and resumed Friday morning, was one of the last hurdles to be cleared before the launch.

The launch still could be delayed by weather or any number of last-minute mechanical glitches.

There are still a few boxes to check over the next few days, however.

She added that "we are trying to identify any risks that are out there, and continue to look at risk, and buy them down". Eastern May 27. "Human spaceflight is really, really tough".

"There'll be lots more data, lots more reviews in the next few days", said Benji Reed, SpaceX's director of crew and mission management.

Images from NASA and footage from SpaceX show the Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft in position on the launch pad as preparations continue for Demo-2 a week before the historic launch.

Behnken and Hurley have been in quarantine for more than a week, a normal procedure for astronauts going to space.

Kirk Shireman, NASA ISS program manager, said SpaceX made an unspecified change to the spacecraft after the Demo-1 mission to fix a "very, very remote" possibility of a spacecraft failure that could damage the station. Behnken and Hurley will suit up for the dry dress, agency officials said.

"Agency and SpaceX managers gathered at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to focus on the readiness of the Crew Dragon and systems for the Demo-2 mission; the readiness of the International Space Station Program and its international partners to support the flight; and the certification of flight readiness", a NASA blog noted.

"He likes solitude", Hurley said.

"We had a very successful flight readiness review, in that we did a thorough review of all of the systems and all the risks, and it was unanimous on the board that we are go for launch", NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk, who led the review, said at a briefing at the Kennedy Space Center about an hour after its conclusion.

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