The path to regaining US domestic crew launch capability passed another major milestone on Friday, with the Demo-2 mission approved at the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) level during a two-day meeting at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Approval at the FRR provided the mission with NASA’s Certification Of Flight Readiness (CoFR).
With Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon currently sat on Pad 39A in preparation for a Static Fire test later on Friday, officials worked on the final paperwork requirements to approve the path to next Wednesday’s launch date.
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The data from the Static Fire test of the integrated Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon stack will feed into the final review of the flow, known as the Launch Readiness Review (LRR) – which will ultimately confirm the launch date.
The FRR, however, has historically been the most important meeting on the path toward the launch of a crewed mission. Such reviews were a major element of approving the Space Shuttle for upcoming missions.
The DM-1 FRR process followed a similar path, with numerous reviews taking place ahead of the main FRR. This path would have been followed this ...