Communication Checks Completed, Seats Rotated to Launch Position

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Crew-1 astronauts are strapped in to their seats inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Resilience.

Launch configuration communication checks have been executed, with no issues. The seats have been rotated into position for launch.

The Boarding Process for Resilience is Underway

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NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, left, and Mike Hopkins make their wa;y through the crew access arm in preparation for boarding their spacecraft.

Crew-1 astronauts are now boarding the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Resilience. As the astronauts board, their seats are configured in the upright position; later, prior to closure of the spacecraft’s side hatch, the seats will be rotated into a reclined position for flight.

All astronauts signed the inside of the White Room, an area at the end of the crew access arm that provides access to the spacecraft. The term “White Room” dates back to the Gemini program. To honor tradition, the room is still painted white today.

Here are the seating positions: Commander Mike Hopkins, seat 2; Pilot Victor Glover, seat 3; Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, seat 4; and Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi, seat 1.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Arrive at the Launch Site

NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have arrived at Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, where the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Resilience, is ready for them to climb in for launch. Liftoff is slated for 7:27 p.m. EST.

In the next few minutes, they’ll take the elevator up the pad’s fixed service structure and walk down the air-conditioned crew access arm to the White Room, their final stop before climbing aboard.

Astronauts are on Their Way to Launch Pad 39A

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From left, Crew-1 astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are on their way to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A after departing the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building across the spaceport. They are right on schedule.

Before leaving, they paused to wave and acknowledge the small group of family, friends and support team members who gathered to see them off. Then they climbed into their customized white Tesla Model X vehicles for the 20-minute ride to the pad.

The crew’s vehicle is traveling in the middle of a convoy, including support team members and security personnel. At the launch site, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Resilience by the crew, are ready for the astronauts’ arrival.

Crew-1 Astronauts Ready for their Ride to Launch Pad 39A

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts just walked out of the double doors below the Neil A. Armstrong Building’s Astronaut Crew Quarters and made their way out to the customized Tesla Model X cars that will take them to their spacecraft.

Next stop: Kennedy’s historic Launch Pad 39A.

Astronauts Suited, Ready to Depart for Launch Pad

Crew-1 astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi put on their SpaceX spacesuits and will soon depart the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building and head out to the pad.

Crew-1 Mission Builds on Success of Demo-2

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NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley speak to members of the media after arriving at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20, 2020, ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 3:22 p.m. EDT, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made their way into the history books. The Demo-2 mission was the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

That paved the way for NASA certification of SpaceX’s crew transportation system, which allows the agency to regularly fly astronauts to the space station, and ends sole reliance on Russia for space station access.

For today’s Crew-1 launch, NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for a full duration mission on the space station. It is the first crew rotation flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the space station following the spacecraft system’s official human rating certification.

Crew-1 astronauts will join the Expedition 64 crew of Commander Sergey Ryzhikov, and Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. The arrival of Crew-1 will increase the regular crew size of the space station’s expedition missions from six to seven astronauts, adding to the amount of crew time available for research.

Today’s launch is targeted for 7:27 p.m. EST. There remains a 50% chance of favorable weather conditions at liftoff.

Follow along with launch activities and get more information about the mission at: Learn more about commercial crew and space station activities by following @Commercial_Crew, @space_station, and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the Commercial Crew Facebook, ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

Crew-1 Astronauts Suiting Up for Mission

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Crew-1 astronauts are suited up inside the suit room at Kennedy Space Center’s Neil A. Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building.

NASA astronauts Michael HopkinsVictor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are suiting up for today’s launch to the International Space Station. The Crew-1 crewmates are in the suit room in the Astronaut Crew Quarters inside Kennedy Space Center’s Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building.

A team of SpaceX suit technicians will help them as they put on their custom-fitted spacesuits and check the suits for leaks.

Lunch Time: What the Astronauts Ate This Afternoon

The crew’s scheduled wake-up time today was 11:47 a.m. They ate lunch at 12:15 p.m. Here is what they had:

  • Commander Mike Hopkins: NY steak, medium rare with seasoned fries and dirty rice
  • Pilot Victor Glover: Lamb chops, medium, with mashed sweet potato and a salad
  • Mission Specialist Shannon Walker: Juicy medium hamburger on a brioche bun with sweet potato fries and a salad
  • Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi: Japanese curry rice with chicken and curly fries

Crew-1 Astronauts Handed off to SpaceX

Crew-1 astronauts have received their weather briefing. The NASA team that has worked with Commander Mike Hopkins, Pilot Victor Glover and Mission Specialists Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi throughout their quarantine at Kennedy Space Center has handed over the astronauts to the team of SpaceX suit technicians, who will help them suit up.The SpaceX Crew-1 official crew insignia features a dragon in silhouette, a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the numeral 1 for Crew-1.

Designed for safety and functionality, SpaceX spacesuits also provide modern comfort and style. The spacesuit provides pressurization, protecting from potential depressurization. A port on the suit’s thigh connects to life support systems, including air and power.

The suits also include touchscreen-compatible gloves and a flame-resistant outer layer. The helmet is custom manufactured using 3D printing technology and includes integrated valves, mechanisms for visor retraction and locking, and microphones.

The four astronauts dedicated the official Crew-1 mission patch to their families.