At 7:27 PM EST or 00:27 UTC NASA and SpaceX launched the Dragon 2 capsule named Resilience from Cape Kennedy into a successful orbit heading to the ISS later on Monday with three NASA astronauts and one Japanese JAXA astronaut on Sunday 11-15-20.
The Schedule was:
3:27 PM Crew suit-up
4:05 PM Crew Walk Out
4:32 PM Arrive at launch pad
5:32 PM Hatch closure
6:52 PM Fueling
7:27 PM Liftoff! The 26th launch from Cape Kennedy this year!
The crew walked out of the Neil Armstrong O & C building to a greeting by their families and media in a socially distanced manner.
As they rode to the pad in two Teslas Souchi Noguchi waved from an open window in the right rear passenger side of the car. The cars license plate read L8RERTH ( Later Earth).
After liftoff the first stage booster B-1061.1 successfully landed on the autonomous drone ship Just Read The Instructions JRTI down range in the Atlantic ocean. This booster landing is important because it will be reused for Crew-2 six months from now.
Crew-1 astronauts from NASA are Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins. Souchi Noguchi is from Japan.
After Dragon successfully separated from the 2nd stage booster and a good orbit was confirmed NASA held a post launch press conference.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the following: “This is a great day for the United States of America, and a great day for Japan, and we look forward to many more years of a great partnership… All the way to the moon”.
” It is not over. This was a beautiful launch… but remember this is a six month mission and it’s the first of many “
Article and Photos by Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu, space-news.es