NASA recently announced the date of SpaceX’s Demo-2 flight test and details of its first flight since the completion of its last space shuttle mission on July 8, 2011,media reported. It will be the full return of manned space launch capabilities to the United States, the first time a U.S. astronaut has boarded a U.S. rocket and spacecraft since NASA’s last space shuttle mission in 2011.
The grand launch will take place in mid-to-late May. Most importantly, all conditions must be optimal for a space launch of this size, as well as the ESA and the Russian Space Agency’s decision to postpone its outer Mars mission until 2022.
NASA SpaceX’ Demo-2 flight test opens to the media today. This is an important step towards the launch of the actual event — and it will take effect in the coming weeks. While media activity may change due to the new corona outbreak, international media with no U.S. citizenship are required to submit their applications by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 17, 2020, and U.S. media by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
The launch is scheduled for late May, but is likely to be later. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will send NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to a manned Dragon spacecraft. They will launch from the 39A launch site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This will be the second demonstration mission of the manned Dragon spacecraft, part of SpaceX’s manned space system, and the last flight test of the entire system, which will eventually be certified as NASA’s operator to and from the International Space Station.