Crew Dragon Launch from Kennedy Space Centre
“It’s tremendously exciting”: NASA astronauts counting down to historic launch aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon”
Opening a new chapter in human spaceflight, two veteran space shuttle fliers will blaze a fresh trail to orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Wednesday, weather permitting — the first launch of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil since the space shuttle’s final flight nearly nine years ago.
The historic mission, the first orbital flight of a new piloted spacecraft in 39 years, is the culmination of a six-year, multibillion-dollar NASA drive to end the agency’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft for transportation to and from the space station.
Dr Mike Barratt WEM Faculty and Medical Lead for the launch for the NASA talks about how the space community are overcoming the challenges of bringing in a new era of human spaceflight exploration in the middle of a global pandemic.