How To See SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Сhasing The ISS In The Sky

( You can find up-to-date information about Crew Dragon’s location in the sky in astronomical applications Star Walk 2 and Satellite Tracker by Star Walk as soon as the spacecraft is launched. )

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launch

Weather permitting, SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft with two NASA astronauts to the ISS on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 3:22 p.m. EDT (19:22 UTC). Crew Dragon will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

What is Crew Dragon?

Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon 2) is the first private spacecraft to carry a crew into low-Earth orbit. It is an upgraded, crewed version of SpaceX’s original Dragon capsule, which is an unpiloted spacecraft that has been used many times to deliver cargo to the ISS since 2012.

How and where to see it in the sky?

You can find up-to-date information about Crew Dragon’s location in the sky in astronomical applications Star Walk 2 and Satellite Tracker by Star Walk as soon as the spacecraft is launched. These apps also contain everything for real-time tracking of the ISS and other satellites all over the world. If on launch day the ISS is flying over your location and viewing conditions are favourable, you have a good chance of seeing SpaceX’s Crew Dragon pursuing the ISS in the night sky.

About the mission

SpaceX’s first crewed mission to send astronauts to the ISS is called Demo-2. The crew of Demo-2 consists of two veteran NASA astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. They have been training for the past four years tо fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.

History

American astronauts have not flown to orbit aboard an American spacecraft or from an American launch pad since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. That year, NASA decided to entrust private companies to deliver cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station to focus on other, more ambitious projects.

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