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NASA, SpaceX Look to Hit Multiple Milestones during Critical Test

19 Jan 2020, 15:25 UTC
NASA, SpaceX Look to Hit Multiple Milestones during Critical Test
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and uncrewed Crew Dragon capsule is scheduled to lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 10:30 a.m. EST.
We are now just a few minutes from NASA and SpaceX’s 10:30 a.m. EST in-flight abort test. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket and uncrewed Crew Dragon capsule is scheduled to lift off from Launch Complex 39A. The six-hour test window opened at 8 a.m. EST.
Here are the main milestones, including approximate times after launch:

+1 minute, 24 seconds — Crew Dragon separation
+2 minutes — Crew Dragon trunk deploy
+4 minutes — Drogue/main parachute deploy begins
+10 minutes — Crew Dragon splashdown

Follow along here on the blog, or tune in to live coverage of the event on NASA TV and the agency’s website, which started at 10:12 a.m.
A post-test news conference is planned for noon. That also will be broadcast on NASA TV and the agency’s website. Participants include:

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
Kathy Lueders, manager, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
SpaceX representative
Victor Glover, astronaut, Commercial Crew Program
Mike Hopkins, astronaut, Commercial Crew Program

Next up is liftoff!

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