The weather department of the United States of America green lights tomorrow’s big event. The 45th Space wing predicts a 60% chance for a clear sky tomorrow. This means the big NASA event of “Launch America” is a ‘GO!’. Before tomorrow’s launch, SpaceX will run preflight tests in order to fix functional difficulties if any arise. The space organizations are keeping no stones unturned for tomorrow’s historic moment.
However the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be brought down to a horizontal position before running any tests. The team will also check the ground-side chilled water radiator feed line which helps keep the Crew Dragon capsule cool. The NASA SpaceX commercial crew program will commence its journey with the Demo 2 mission tomorrow. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are ready for liftoff at 4:33 P.M. EDT tomorrow (1:33 A.M. IST on May 28).
Prior to tomorrow's launch, @SpaceX will bring the rocket horizontal to perform more preflight checkouts of the Falcon 9 rocket & Crew Dragon spacecraft: https://t.co/E6HXmwMkny pic.twitter.com/W5V4ohTH1s
— NASA (@NASA) May 26, 2020
SpaceX and NASA: Pre-Flight checkouts before Launch
SpaceX will be trying to keep everything well furnished for tomorrow’s historic launch. The team is going to check all the units of Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon, and the ground systems in order to ensure smooth launching procedures. However everything will be done under proper supervision. This means there will be no effect of the test procedures for the actual event, and “Launch America” will take place on time.
Don’t forget to visit the official website at 10 A.M. tomorrow, as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine discusses the Demo-2 mission with you.
The launch procedures will take place through light precipitation if required. The Falcon 9 rocket can hold flight thorough precipitation, cumulus, and anvil clouds. But do let us know what you think about tomorrow’s mission in the comments section below!
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