This Saturday, the SpaceX Crew
Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex
39A at NASA’s Space Center in Florida for the SpaceX Demo-1 (DM-1) flight test.
DM-1, an uncrewed mission, will test the rocket and spacecraft that SpaceX will
use to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.
Catch all the excitement of the
launch—and activities leading up to it—on NASA TV and the agency’s website. NASA and SpaceX are targeting 1:48
a.m. CST Saturday, March 2, for the launch, which will be the first time a
commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for
humans will launch to the International Space Station.
The Crew Dragon is scheduled to
dock to the space station at approximately 4:55 a.m. Sunday, March 3.
The flight test will provide
valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceX’s crew transportation system for
carrying astronauts to and from the space station. SpaceX’s Demo-2 test flight,
which will fly NASA astronauts to the space station, is targeted to launch in
This illustration depicts the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image Credit: SpaceX
Full DM-1 coverage is as follows.
All times are CST:
Saturday, March 2
- 1 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage
begins for the 1:48 a.m. liftoff
- 4 a.m. – Post-launch news
conference at Kennedy with the following representatives: Steve Stich, NASA
launch manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program; Kirk Shireman, manager,
International Space Station Program; SpaceX representative; and Astronaut
Sunday, March 3
- 2:30 a.m. – Rendezvous and
- 7:45 a.m. – Hatch opening
- 9:30 a.m. – Station crew
Friday, March 8
- 11:15 a.m. – Hatch closing
- 1:30 a.m. – Undocking coverage
- 6:30 a.m. – Deorbit and landing
- TBD – Post-landing briefing on
NASA TV with the following representatives: Steve Stich, deputy manager, NASA
Commercial Crew Program; International Space Station Program representative; SpaceX
representative; and Astronaut Office representative
For launch countdown coverage,
NASA's launch blog and more information about the mission, visit:
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon at Launch Complex 39A.