Human spaceflight begins anew on American soil with the launch of the NASA Demo-2 mission next month, which will launch aaircraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA has scheduled three press conferences on Friday, May 1, to discuss how the entire mission will progress, and space nerds can watch every minute of it.
The preview begins at 8:00 AM PT with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell and NASA program managers outlining the mission, with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley making the first crewed flight of a SpaceX vehicle .
A second press conference, scheduled at 9:30 a.m.PT, will consist of NASA and SpaceX program managers who go into more detail about the mission, and the last event, scheduled at 1
Demo-2 is part ofdesigned to return astronaut launches to the US with the help of private space companies. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, the only way to access the International Space Station was aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA selected the Space Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner for the program; so far, only the Crew Dragon has been certified to transport astronauts.
Although Demo-2 is technically a test mission for Crew Dragon, as soon as it transports the two astronauts to the International Space Station, they will join the crew of the ISS. The pair will remain in orbit for an indefinite period before driving the dragon back to Earth.
We will report more on Friday's events, but you can watch live yourself by returning to this page and streaming our live feed above.