NASA will launch U.S. astronauts on SpaceX's Crew Dragon May 27, the first American-based and -crewed mission since 2011.

Interesting EngineeringBy Brad Bergan


© SpaceX / Wikimedia | NASA, SpaceX Launching Americans Into Space on Crew Dragon on May 27

For the first time since 2011, NASA is launching American astronauts from the U.S., on domestic Falcon 9 rockets from SpaceX, according to a tweet from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The first flight is scheduled for May 27.

NASA to Launch American astronauts from the US

Bridenstine took to Twitter to announce the groundbreaking development: "On May 27, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil! With our @SpaceX partners, @Astro_Dough and @AstroBehnken will launch to the @Space_Station on the @CrewDragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket."
The mission, called Launch America, as detailed in a NASA press release published on Friday.

UPDATE April 17, 1:00 PM EDT: NASA's Launch America

Nearly ten years in the making, NASA is set to launch the first crewed mission to rocket into orbit from U.S. soil since the space shuttle was retired in 2011.
Onboard the Dragon will be NASA astronauts Dough Hurley and Bob Behnken shuttle program veterans who will ride at the top of a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 29A, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the same historic launch facility that the final space shuttle made its last launch.
Liftoff on May 27 is scheduled for roughly 4:32 PM EDT when the Earth's rotational position places the launch pad beneath the orbital plane of the International Space Station.
"Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will verify the spacecraft is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays, and control system and the maneuvering thrusters, among other things," said NASA in a Friday update.
The Crew Dragon will fire Draco thrusters to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station the day following the launch.
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