SpaceX manned spacecraft launch next week: Astronauts complete final training before ‘flying sky’

Two NASA astronauts climbed into their SpaceX spacecraft on May 23, local time, in preparation for their final pre-flight rehearsal for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 International Space Station mission, which will be launched into orbit next week. Astronauts Bob Becknan (right) and Doug Hurley (left) and NASA and SpaceX’s mission team are understood to have conducted a “pre-training” test of the upcoming test flight on SpaceX’s crew of the Dragon capsule.

SpaceX manned spacecraft launch next week: Astronauts complete final training before 'flying sky'

The first manned space launch by NASA on u.S. soil since 2011 will be launched Wednesday (May 27) at 4:33 p.m. EST (2033 GMT) from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Ahead of today’s launch rehearsal, Behnken tweeted Friday: “Exciting days at NASA Kennedy!

“It’s great for the crew to arrive in Florida, it’s an epic feat to watch our ship roll all the way to 39A, watching our SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage rocket come to light again, our mission is not done, and I still have a smile on my face!”

Behnken and Hurley arrived at KSC on May 19, and SpaceX successfully test-fired their crew, the Dragon Falcon 9 booster, yesterday.

In today’s drill photo, astronauts in SpaceX spacesuits drive a white Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle emblazoned with the words “ISSBND” (International Space Station) and NASA logo from the Neal a. Armstrong Operations and Testing Building to the launch pad.

The astronauts then entered the “crew dragon” of the 39A launch pad and rehearsed as much of the launch day without taking off.

“So, it’s going to be a rehearsal for the launch day,” Hurley said. “

SpaceX manned spacecraft launch next week: Astronauts complete final training before 'flying sky'