NASA and SpaceX will soon be making their first operational launch of the new Crew Dragon capsule, which will ferry astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station. You can watch the drama and the beauty of the launch live, as it will be shown on NASA TV and we have all the details on how to watch.
When is the Crew Dragon launch?
The launch is scheduled for 4:49 p.m. PT on Saturday, November 14. It will take place from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
After launch, the Crew Dragon will spend around 20 hours on the journey to the International Space Station, and it is scheduled to dock at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 15.
What to expect from the Crew Dragon launch
This is the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon, following the first crewed test flight of the spacecraft this summer. The personnel aboard the Crew Dragon for the operational flight, known as Crew-1, are NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, plus Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
These four astronauts are headed to the International Space Station to join the Expedition 64 crew there, including astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA and Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos. While there, the crew will take part in various spacewalks and perform scientific research, as well as overseeing the docking of various uncrewed spacecraft including the Northrop Grumman Cygnus and the next generation of SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft.
The crew will also oversee the arrival of the Boeing Starliner on its uncrewed test flight. Boeing hopes that eventually its Starliner will be used for transporting crew to the International Space Station along with the SpaceX Crew Dragon. However, there have been a variety of issues in the Starliner’s development so progress has been slow.
How to watch the Crew Dragon launch
The launch of the Crew Dragon will be shown on NASA TV, which you can watch either on NASA’s website or using the video embedded at the top of this page. Coverage of launch activities begins at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, November 14, with the launch scheduled to be shown at 4:49 p.m. PT.
There will be continuing coverage of the event through Sunday, November 15, and coverage of the docking of the Crew Dragon with the International Space Station is scheduled for 1:20 a.m. PT on Sunday. The opening of the hatch and the welcoming of the crew aboard the space station is scheduled for 4 a.m. PT on Sunday.