NASA/SpaceX DM-2 TODAY! (Take 2)

Liftoff of the first crewed :rocket: launch from the US in 9 years is scheduled for 7:22:00 PM from Historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

Live coverage from NASA and SpaceX:

Docking is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:27 PM and hatch opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:45 PM

Backup launch opportunity: Sunday, May 31, 2020 7:00 PM

Crew: Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken
Rocket and spacecraft: Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon
More info:


I’m driving through Nebraska and Wyoming today, hoping to get to Cheyenne in time for the launch later. How is the weather looking at Cape Canaveral this time around?

50% POV (Probability Of Violation):

(Edited per @Billfred)

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For the newbies or the people who don’t click: POV is Probability Of Violating Weather Constraints. So, lower is better.


Timed a bike ride to make sure my dad and I would both be able to watch–back in plenty of time.

I ain’t gonna miss this one if I have a chance to watch it.

Curious thing - Dragon is designed for a crew up to seven, as was the shuttle IIRC*. Is this some really optimal point, or perhaps inspired by a Star Trek episode?

* There was at least one flight with eight, but the normal crew size was indeed five to seven according to NASA.

Theoretically, it would allow a single Dragon to disembark the entire station crew in one go, or easily carry a couple tourists.

I’m not sure what the actual reason is.

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Weather is now go!


And I’ve got one of several Dragon shirts on now…

Yup, me too. Fortunately, I invested in (and ultimately chaired) an SF convention with a dragon mascot a few decades ago…

We’re showing the NASA/SpaceX Launch! Come chat with this watch party! After we will have the SECOND Robotics Competition All-Star Event!

See my profile pic. I actually just nailed my team with a picture INSIDE Dragon.

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I guess I don’t know what I’m looking at. I just see lots of white and goldish stripes.

And they’re off!

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In orbit!


Congrats to Bob and Doug and everybody involved!

In orbit! Ok, who can tell me why they have about a half dozen delta vees for docking with ISS, when my schooling taught me that two delta vees was optimal for transfer from one orbit to another?

If I had to guess…

They’re doing a thorough checkout, and they also need to exactly match orbits with ISS which will be a bit on the interesting side. Going to be a fun 19 hours for the crew. Future launches may have fewer delta-Vs.

Anybody catch what they named the capsule? They were going to release that somewhere around launch.