Shutdown of the second stage engine occurs right on time. “A nominal orbit insertion,” which are great words to hear.
The second stage engine continues to burn. About eight minutes into flight, all is well.
The call came in from Crew-1 Commander Mike Hopkins that trajectory is nominal. The first stage has started its descent.
The rocket has reached first stage main engine cutoff (MECO). The first and second stages have separated.
Max Q, or the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket, has been reached.
The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience lit up the Florida early 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.
Two minutes to lifoff, and all looks good for the Crew-1 launch!
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.”
Fuel loading is complete on the second stage, and liquid oxygen loading has begun. Everything remains on target for the 7:27 p.m. EST launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Weather conditions remain 80% favorable.
Right on schedule — at T-minus 35 minutes — RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading and first stage liquid oxygen loading has begun.
Liftoff is scheduled for 7:27 p.m. EST.