SpaceX CREW DRAGON DEMO, Demo-1 (this test is unmanned).

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming pre-launch and launch activities for the SpaceX Demo-1 flight test to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. Aerospace industry to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:48 a.m. EST Saturday, March 2, for the launch of the company’s un-crewed Demo-1 flight, which will be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for humans will launch to the space station. The launch, as well as other activities leading up to the launch, will air on NASA Television (NASA TV) and the agency’s website.

Full Demo-1 coverage is as follows. All times are EST:

Friday, Feb. 22

(No earlier than) 6 p.m. – Post-flight readiness review briefing at Kennedy, with the following representatives:

William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, NASA Human Exploration and Operations

Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program

Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX

Astronaut Office representative

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Thursday, Feb. 28

TBD  To   Be   Decided

Pre-launch briefing at Kennedy, with the following representatives:

Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program SpaceX representative

Astronaut Office representative

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Saturday, March 2

2 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins for the 2:48 a.m. lift-off

5 a.m. – Post-launch news conference at Kennedy, with the following representatives:

Steve Stich, NASA launch manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program

Kirk Shireman, manager, International Space Station Program SpaceX representative

Astronaut Office representative

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Sunday, March 3

3:30 a.m. – Rendezvous and docking coverage

8.45 a.m. – Hatch opening coverage

10.30 a.m. – Station crew welcoming ceremony

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Friday, March 8

12:15 a.m. – Hatch closing coverage begins

2:30 a.m. – Undocking coverage begins

7:30 a.m. – De-orbit and landing coverage

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TBD  To   Be   Decided

Post-landing briefing on NASA TV, location TBD, with the following representatives:

Steve Stich, deputy manager, NASA Commercial Crew Program International Space Station Program representative

SpaceX representative

Astronaut Office representative