(ORDO NEWS) — The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will deliver American astronauts to the International Space Station from US territory for the first time in nearly a decade, completed a milestone before launch.
Standing on the launch pad at launch site 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the rocket launched nine first-stage Merlin engines in seven seconds for this critical but routine test.
NASA astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley will fly to a space station aboard the Crew Dragon during a flight test called Demo-2.
This mission will serve as a comprehensive test of the SpaceX crew delivery system, which will enable NASA to certify this system for regular flights with the crew to the ISS as part of the NASA commercial crew program. The launch is scheduled for May 27, 2020 at 23:33 Moscow time.
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