In a few days, save for further delays that we can not now foresee, Nasa and SpaceX will launch the first test launch of the Crew Dragon capsule, the one that will in future allow crew to be transported to the International Space Station and for other future projects.
The Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission will start on March 2, will not bring astronauts on board but will be of particular importance because it will represent the first launch from 2011 of a spacecraft designed for humans and built on American soil. During the event there will be several live events that will culminate with coverage on NASA Live TV and probably also on the SpaceX page.
On February 28, NASA will hold a pre-launch press conference to make a briefing on the situation, the launch is scheduled two days later at 02:48 in the Eastern Time (ET) time zone – from us will be (more comfortably) 8:48 of the morning. March 3 is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station station after a journey of about 27 hours. Unlike the SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicles that require robotic arm action to get in touch with the station, the Crew Dragon is designed to act independently and attach itself to the ISS. A welcome ceremony will celebrate the success of the operation and, since empty travel would have been a waste of resources, there will also be a payload of about 180 kg with supplies and equipment for the crew of the ISS. The Crew Dragon spacecraft will remain docked 5 days before returning to Earth on Friday 8 March.
This will be the first unmanned flight test of NASA’s commercial crew program and will provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as operations in orbit, docking and landing.
The flight test will also provide valuable data on life support and crew transport, in anticipation of the important next step. The Demo-2 test flight of SpaceX, which for the first time will fly NASA astronauts to the space station, is scheduled for launch in July 2019. For more details, refer to the article available in SOURCE