Prelaunch Broadcast Begins for SpaceX Demo-1

Dan Huot: You are looking at a live view of
SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket awaiting liftoff in just
under an hour from now as part of the first crew demonstration mission to the International
Space Station for NASA. Good evening, and good morning, and welcome
to the live broadcast of NASA and SpaceX’s first crew demo mission to the space station. My name is Dan Huot, and I’m a public affairs
officer with NASA, and I’m really excited to be here at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne,
California, for today’s launch. Lauren Lyons: Dan, it is so awesome to have
you here. Dan: It’s awesome to be here. Lauren: Thank you for coming. My name is Lauren Lyons, and I’m a senior
flight reliability engineer here at SpaceX, and as you can see, NASA and SpaceX have partnered
on both the Demo-1 mission and today’s broadcast. We’ll be bringing you live coverage from
not only here at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, but also NASA’s Kennedy Space
Center in Florida, as well as the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Dan: As many of you probably already know,
the purpose of today’s mission is to demonstrate the ability of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
and the Crew Dragon vehicle to carry people safely to and from the International Space
Station. Today’s mission is a test flight, while
there are no actual humans on board, we’re going to be executing every step of this mission
as if there were. Lauren: It’s worth noting that for the purposes
of this broadcast, we’ll be using the terms Crew Dragon and Dragon interchangeably to
refer to this next iteration of this spacecraft. The Dragon we fly for our CRS missions has
already made 16 visits to the International Space Station, but this is the first time
that Crew Dragon is making that journey. Dan: From start to finish, this mission will
last approximately six days. It’s going to start with liftoff just under
an hour from now. Once Flacon 9 has lifted Dragon into orbit,
the spacecraft will make its way to the space station for a period of approximately 27 hours. This time period is a little bit longer than
we anticipate once people are actually on board, but for this mission, it allows ample
time to conduct all the necessary testing and demos prior to SpaceX’s first docking
of Crew Dragon with the space station. Lauren: Once Dragon arrives at station, it’s
expected to stay for about five days, during which time it will undergo a series of checkouts
of many of the new systems as well as the ISS interfaces. While it’s docked, it will deliver some
cargo to space station that we’ve launched, but it will also bring some cargo back that
the crew will pack up in Dragon on the way back home. At the end of that five-day dock period, Dragon
will depart the ISS for its splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean, where it will be met by
recovery crews and transported back to our site at Cape Canaveral. Dan: For everybody watching and following
along at home, if you have a question about this mission or any of the upcoming crewed
missions, we’d love to answer them later in this broadcast. You can send them in using the hashtag ask
NASA on Twitter. Lauren: This is such an awesome and exciting
day for the teams, both at NASA and SpaceX. And with just under an hour to liftoff, let’s
check in with the team over in Florida, broadcasting live from Kennedy Space Center.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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