The SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon capsule which will execute the Demonstration Mission-1 (DM-1) test flight have rolled out to Pad 39A for fit checks ahead of launch. The rollout is a strong indicator that SpaceX is nearly ready to perform the much anticipated DM-1 mission – an uncrewed certification flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The flight will be the first for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon aboard the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Consequently, SpaceX has decided to perform additional fit checks with the fully integrated stack prior to launch.
Preparations for the rollout began during the first half of December, with the Crew Dragon capsule being moved to the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Pad 39A for integration with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
On December 20th, the Transporter Erector (T/E) – used to both transport and launch the rocket – went horizontal after picking up the reaction frame at the base of the launch pad. This is one of the final steps required before the rocket is integrated with the T/E for transport to the launch pad.
The 39A T/E being prepared for rollback to the HIF – from Micheal Baylor for NSF
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