The Crew-1 mission is scheduled to launch on Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Television will broadcast protection starting at 3:15 p.m. Or you’ll be able to watch it within the video participant on the prime of this web page.
In its newest climate forecast issued on Sunday morning, the U.S. Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron offers a 50 p.c likelihood of favorable situations on the launchpad. The administrator of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, stated on Twitter Sunday simply earlier than 6 p.m. Eastern time that climate situations have been favorable for an on-time liftoff.
SpaceX and NASA are additionally protecting watch farther out within the Atlantic Ocean. The climate and waters there have to be pretty calm in case one thing goes unsuitable throughout the ascent to orbit and the Crew Dragon must make an emergency splashdown (adversarial climate situations led to a postponement of the sooner Saturday launch date).
As is customary for Falcon 9 rocket launches, the primary stage or booster is to return to Earth and land on a floating platform, and that too requires that the ocean waters to not be too tough. The Crew-1 booster is to refurbished and reused for the following launch of astronauts, scheduled for subsequent spring.
If Sunday’s launch is delayed, there’s a backup alternative on Wednesday.