Separation Confirmed! Crew Dragon Leaves Behind Second Stage

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi, separates from the second stage.

Resilience has separated from the second stage.

The spacecraft is traveling at approximately 27,000 kilometers per hour.

Stage 1 Successfully Lands on Drone Ship

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Stage 1 of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lands on the company’s drone ship for reuse.

Stage 1 of the rocket completed its descent and landed on SpaceX’s drone ship.

Shutdown of the Second Stage Engine

Shutdown of the second stage engine occurs right on time. “A nominal orbit insertion,” which are great words to hear.

Second Stage Engine Continues to Burn

The second stage engine continues to burn. About eight minutes into flight, all is well.

Crew-1 Reports Trajectory Nominal

The call came in from Crew-1 Commander Mike Hopkins that trajectory is nominal. The first stage has started its descent.

First Stage Main Engine Cutoff, First and Second Stages Separate

The rocket has reached first stage main engine cutoff (MECO). The first and second stages have separated.

Rocket Reaches Max Q

Max Q, or the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket, has been reached.

Liftoff! Crew-1 Astronauts on Their Way to the Space Station

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Above and below: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, with astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi aboard the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, blasts off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience lit up the Florida Crew-1 liftoff from 39Aearly evening sky, lifting off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 7:27 p.m. EST! Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi have started their 27.5-hour journey to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission.

Max Q (the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket) will happen during the next minute.

Dragon is in Terminal Count

Two minutes to lifoff, and all looks good for the Crew-1 launch!

Commander Mike Hopkins: ‘Now it’s Time to do Our Part’

Crew-1 mission Commander Mike Hopkins just uttered the following words: “To all the people at NASA and SpaceX, by working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation, the world — and in no small part — the name of this incredible vehicle, Resilience. And now it’s time for us to do our part. Crew-1 for all.”