Explained: What is SpaceX Demo-2 mission, set to launch next week

By: Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2020 2:29:30 am NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley, who will be aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 27. (Photo: nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html) On...

Explained: What is SpaceX Demo-2 mission, set to launch next week
By: Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2020 2:29:30 am
SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, NASA, SpaceX, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, Crew Dragon, Commercial Crew Program, Falcon 9, LC-39A, international space station, express explained, Indian express NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Douglas Hurley, who will be aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 27. (Photo: nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html)

On May 27, NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight will lift off for International Space Station (ISS), becoming the first crewed flight to launch from American soil since the conclusion of the space shuttle era in 2011.

What is the mission?

The Demo-2 mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will see astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The craft will lift off from a Falcon 9 rocket, from Florida.