Update May 27th, 4:42PM ET: With less than 17 minutes left in the countdown, the launch on May 27th was scrubbed due to weather conditions over the launch site in Florida. The next attempt will take place on Saturday, May 30th, at 3:22PM ET.
For the first time since 2011, a space mission carrying two passengers to the International Space Station will launch from US soil. It will also mark the first time a private spacecraft has carried astronauts into orbit — and you can watch all the action live.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be aboard SpaceX’s capsule (named the Crew Dragon), which will be carried into orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket. The SpaceX mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and it will be a test of NASA’s partnership with the US aerospace industry.
The flight is currently set for 3:22PM ET on Saturday, May 30th. That may change if the weather does not cooperate; it didn’t during the first attempt on May 27th. But weather at the launch site is only part of the equation: NASA and SpaceX will also be monitoring weather across the Atlantic. In the event that something goes wrong during launch, the capsule would make an emergency landing, and officials want to be sure that conditions are clear in any possible landing zone.
NASA will be covering the event as it happens, beginning on Saturday, May 30th, and continuing until the Crew Dragon docks at the space station, which is planned for the following day.
What time is SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch?
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will take off from the company’s launch site on Saturday, May 30th, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Scheduled launch time: New York: 3:22PM / San Francisco: 12:22PM / London: 8:22PM / Berlin: 9:22PM / Moscow: 10:22PM / New Delhi: 12:52AM (May 31st) / Beijing: 3:22AM (May 31st) / Tokyo: 4:22AM (May 31st) / Melbourne: 5:22AM (May 31st)
How to watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch live:
Live stream: NASA is live-streaming the event on YouTube or on its website for desktop viewing. SpaceX will also be live-streaming the event on its YouTube channel.