(ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX is preparing a Falcon 9 rocket for a static fire test before the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission. This test is part of an ongoing series of final tests and checks before SpaceX can embark on its first human-space mission. The test is planned to be conducted today no earlier than 23:33 Moscow time.
Today’s test is the last, when NASA will have to collect data on the SpaceX refueling process, since Demo-2 will be the first flight with the crew on board.
The launch of Demo-2 is currently scheduled for May 27 at 22:33:31 GMT. If there is a problem that requires cancellation of the flight – for example, bad weather or a problem with the rocket – the next available date for launch will be May 30.
The flight will be the first orbital mission with crew from the United States since July 2011, when the shuttle mission was completed. Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon will deliver NASA astronauts Bob Benken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS) for a period of one to four months, depending on the parameters of the Dragon ship in orbit.
But before this happens, one of the last important steps before the flight must take place: a static fire test.
The test consists of a full rehearsal of most events on launch day. SpaceX performs at least one static fire test before each mission to this day – right up to Falcon 1.
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