Pre-launch briefing held ahead of SpaceX capsule launch

SpaceX Crew Capsule

In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo provided by SpaceX, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are positioned inside the company’s hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ahead of the Demo-1 unmanned flight test. SpaceX rockets closer to human spaceflight with this weekend’s debut of a new capsule […]

The liftoff of CrewDragon will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:49 PM (ET). A pre-launch briefing was held Thursday. Many NASA representative spoke to the press to answer questions before the launch. 

This launch will attempt to send a spacecraft designed to transport astronauts into orbit. Something that hasn’t been attempted since 2011. 

The Crew Dragon will not carry any people. Instead the mission will have a mannequin dressed with sensors to simulate human responses and environmental changes. They will be testing life-support, so that later this year they can begin transporting astronauts to and from the international space station.

The Crew Dragon doesn’t include all the features that were originally envisioned, and the launch is over three years late. However, NASA is still concerned if the capsule will shield the astronauts from orbital debris and micrometeoroids. 

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