Wed 5-27 4pm EDT, Launch of Falcon 9 w/astronauts

NASA, SpaceX Launch Live Stream: When, Where To Watch Historic Falcon 9 Launch

By Addy Binoya  

05/22/20 AT 1:57 AM


SpaceX Successfully Launches New Falcon 9 Rocket


  • NASA’s launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will go live as they send astronauts into space for the first time in nine years
  • "Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space" will be a livestream platform covered by both Discovery and Science Channel
  • The live coverage will be followed by a two-hour documentary featuring an inside look at NASA and the SpaceX headquarters

NASA and SpaceX’s rocket is ready to take flight, and viewers can watch the historic event live on television.

For the first time in nine years, the United States is sending astronauts back to space and people will be able to watch the historic event live. NASA’s upcoming launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Capsule will be covered by both the Discovery and Science Channel, who is also in charge of putting out the live footage on May 27.

“Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space” is a multi-platform television event that will officially air at 2 p.m. EDT or 11 a.m. PT. And to celebrate the occasion, the live event will also feature an all-star guest list including Katy Perry, Adam Savage and Mark Rober, NASA’s former engineer, among the many other celebrities slated to appear during the simulcasted footage.

I'm so in

Its weird to me that these things aren't "stop what you are doing and watch" moments for the country.


When: The launch is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 1:33 p.m. PT/4:33 p.m. ET. 

If the weather fails to cooperate or some other factor interferes, SpaceX has reserved backup launch times at 12:22 p.m. PT/3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 30, or at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 31. 

Where: The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule will blast off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The historic launch pad has previously hosted Apollo and space shuttle missions.

Why: NASA's Commercial Crew Program is aimed at ending the US reliance on Russian spacecraft for ferrying astronauts to the ISS. NASA has been buying seats on Soyuz capsules since the end of the shuttle program. 

This is also part of a broader NASA push for commercial partnerships. "By encouraging industry to provide human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA can expand its focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions," the space agency said

The Crew Dragon capsule arrived at the launch site in February 2020 for final preparations.


The spacecraft: The SpaceX Crew Dragon is the human transportation version of the Dragon 2 capsule that has been used to carry cargo to the ISS. While only two astronauts will be on board at the end of May, the capsule can be configured to carry up to seven passengers.

The rocket: SpaceX's proven Falcon 9rocket will escort Crew Dragon through the launch. NASA's iconic throwback "worm" logo is emblazoned on the side of the rocket. Falcon 9s have successfully launched dozens of SpaceX missions.

The Falcon 9 booster is reusable and will attempt to land on a SpaceX droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The crew: NASA assigned astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Crew Dragon back in 2018. Both have been to space on different shuttle missions, with Hurley flying on the final flight of the space shuttle Atlantis in 2011. They will be wearing spacesuits designed in-house by SpaceX.

The goal: If SpaceX passes muster during Demo-2, then NASA will certify Crew Dragon for regular flights back and forth to the ISS. The space agency is already looking ahead to this outcome and has assigned astronauts to the first Crew Dragon operational mission, which could launch before the end of the year if all goes well.






Mountain Medic - 

I'm so in

Its weird to me that these things aren't "stop what you are doing and watch" moments for the country.

They are for me! I'm half hard just reading this.

Scratch that. Fully erect now.




Q: What does launch feel like? What thoughts are running through your mind as you wait to lift off, launch and go through the usual launch procedures? (Pat Pilcher, Wellington, North Carolina)

My crew was strapped in for about three hours before launch, giving the launch team time to complete final preparations with the crew’s participation in the cabin. I had plenty of quiet time during the countdown to think about the job ahead, rehearse mentally my initial duties in orbit, and pray for my own safety, my crew’s success, and my family’s future. My anxieties were not for my personal safety, but were instead worries about my personal job performance when I got to orbit: Would I be up to the tasks ahead of me? On each of my launches, I definitely experienced butterflies in the final minutes of the count.

When the main engines ignited six seconds before liftoff, the entire orbiter rattled and shuddered like a skyscraper in an earthquake. A deep rumble shook the cabin as the main engines came up to full thrust. At T-minus-zero, the solid rocket boosters ignited, giving me a massive kick in the back as they blasted our ship off the pad. The pounding exhaust from the twin boosters shook us continually as we accelerated at 2.5 Gs, ripping through the lower atmosphere under seven million pounds of thrust.

At around 45 seconds the engines throttled down to reduce the stresses on the shuttle’s structure while experiencing “maximum dynamic pressure,” called “Max Q.” When through that milestone, the engines throttled back up to full thrust, with the spine-tingling scream of the slipstream outside the cabin clearly audible. It was the sound of immense power unleashed in barely controlled fury.

Two minutes after liftoff the empty boosters peeled off the external tank with a giant bang, bathing our flight deck in a momentary flash of their separation motors. The three main engines still ran at over a million pounds of thrust—but with almost no vibration—pushing us upward with a comfortable 1G acceleration. We were now above most of the atmosphere, so the slipstream noise was behind us.

As the external tank fed those engines and grew ever-lighter, though, the shuttle gradually accelerated to 3 Gs and kept us there for the final minute of the ride to orbit. That sustained acceleration was an attention-getter. It felt as if two of my friends were standing on my chest and wouldn’t get off! At that point I was just praying that the machine would hold together for the final minute as we ticked off the final mach numbers: 22, 23, 24, and finally, Mach 25. Done! At main engine cut-off, thrust dropped to zero in just a half-second, the pressure on my body vanished, and we were afloat under our straps, in free fall at last. We’d lived to make it to orbit, and to start our mission at last. It was an exhilarating sense of physical and mental relief at the passing of that risky phase of liftoff and ascent to orbit.

Launch experiences on new orbital spacecraft will be similar to the shuttle, but the acceleration levels, time to orbit, and the vibration and sequence of bangs, jolts, and staging events will vary.

Mountain Medic -

I'm so in

Its weird to me that these things aren't "stop what you are doing and watch" moments for the country.


I hope this is a completely safe and successful launch.  Will be hugely influencial for the space industry.

I live about 40 miles inland from there I am debating driving closer. But staying away from most of the madness. Otherwise I’ll just go outside and watch from the driveway. 

Already have an alarm set and will stop whatever I'm doing at 1:33 to watch. IMO, this kind of stuff will be talked about for generations to come. The starting point of becoming multi-planetary 

Mountain Medic -

I'm so in

Its weird to me that these things aren't "stop what you are doing and watch" moments for the country.

They used to be. I don’t think people realize how long it has been since astronauts launched from the US. It’s been almost a decade. This is big. 

Yeah, I'm quite looking forward to this.

Shifting my work schedule to watch. 

Those suits are sleek as fuck.