CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Weather chances remain at 50% ‘GO’ for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch that is scheduled to liftoff at 3:22 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from Space Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
All systems go for Crew Dragon’s test flight with @NASA astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug. Teams are keeping an eye on weather. Webcast will go live at ~11:00 a.m. EDT → https://t.co/bJFjLCilmc pic.twitter.com/AXDGNfqv0K
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
Launch Weather 50% ‘GO’
According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, the primary launch weather concerns are flight through precipitation, as well as the anvil and cumulus cloud rules associated with the afternoon convection.
Proceeding with countdown today, weather cancellation risk ~50%
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2020
Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Live Online
SpaceX will broadcast the Demo-2 launch live online via YouTube.
U.S. Return To Human Spaceflight
NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission will be the first time astronauts have launced from U.S. soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
Astronauts Behnken and Hurley remain in quarantine, a routine part of prelaunch preparations for astronauts journeying into space. On Saturday, they took part in a full dress rehearsal of launch day, including suiting up and climbing aboard the Crew Dragon at Launch Complex 39A.
Upon arriving at the International Space Station, Behnken and Hurley will join the Expedition 63 crew to conduct research as well as support station operations and maintenance.
While docked to the station, the crew will run tests to ensure the Crew Dragon spacecraft is capable on future missions of remaining connected to the station for up to 210 days.
Although the Crew Dragon being used for this flight test can stay in orbit about 110 days, the specific mission duration will be determined once on station based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch.
Upon conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the two astronauts on board, depart the space station and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Upon splashdown just off Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by SpaceX’s Go Navigator recovery vessel and return to Cape Canaveral.
NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Mission Animation