Making History: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space

>>> AND THERE IT IS. YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE AMERICAN-MADE ROCKET ASK SPACECRAFT THAT WILL RETURN AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FROM AMERICAN SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE RETIREMENT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE LAST FLOWN NEARLY NINE YEARS AGO. TODAY WE ARE GIVING IT ANOTHER SHOT WITH OUR PARTNERS AT SpaceX. WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ATTEMPT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO THE WILD WEATHER. IF ALL GOES WELL TODAY WELET MARK A FIRST IN NASA’S STORIED HISTORY AND USHER IN THE FIRST COMMERCIAL CREW OF SPACE FLIGHT. AT 3:32 EASTERN TIME THIS AFTERNOON DOUG HURLEY AND BOB BEHNKEN WILL LIFTOFF FROM PAD 39A ATOP A FALCON 9 ROCKET. TODAY WILL MARK SpaceX’S FIRST FLIGHT WITH CREW AND THE BEGINNING OF A NEW CHAPTENER HUMEON SPACE FLIGHT. GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME BACK TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTER HOME OF THE WILD FLORIDA WEATHER, CHO SEUNG-HUI ARE INSIDE AGAIN SIDE. >> I’M A SENIOR DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER AT SpaceX AND JOINING US IS RETIRED ASTRONAUT AND MEAT BALL LOVER, LEYLAND. >> THE WEATHER WAS WILD LAST TWO-DAYS AGO, THREE DAYS AGO? >> YES, IT FEELS LIKE YESTERDAYS DEPENDING HOW MUCH YOU SLEPT, COULD BE THE SAME DAY.I THINK IT WAS WEDNESDAY. >> DOWN TO T-MINUS 17 AND THE TEAMS MADE THE RIGHT CALL. WE DIDN’T WANT TO GO THROUGH THE WEATHER AND HAVE SOMETHING HAPPEN. WE ARE BACKS TO THE HALLOWED GROUND, PAD 39A. MY TIME WAS 2008, 2009 AND NOW DOUG AND BOB CAN LAUNCH CREW DRAGON AND GO TO AN ASSEMBLY-COMPLETE SPACE STATION. >> WE WERE LOOKING AT IT LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING AND TEAMS CONTINUE TO MONITOR THINGS AND IT IS TOUCH-AND-GO, BUT IT WAS A 50-50 CHANCE AT LAST LOOK. HOPEFULLY THOSE ODDOOSE ON I DON’T KNOW IF THEY WILL IMPROVE, BUT 50-50 IS NOT BAD. IT COULD BE WORSE. WE HAVE TEAMS ALL OVER THE ACTION COVERING THE ACTION IN CALIFORNIA, MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON AND OUR SOCIAL MEDIA DESK IN WASHINGTON. OF COURSE, RIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA. >> TODAY’S MISSION WILL BE CREW DRAGON’S SECOND TEST FLIGHT AND FIRST TEST WITH HUMANS ON BOARD. WE ARE A LITTLE MORE THAN FOUR HOUR AWAY FROM LIFTOFF AND BOG B AND DOUG HAVE HAD LUNCH AND MEDICAL CHECKS. IN ABOUT 50 MINUTES THEY WILL TURN IT OVER. THE FIRST IS SUIT UP. IT IS LOCATED IN THE NEIL ARMSTRONG ONC AND THEY WILL HELP THE ASTRONAUTS PUT ON THEIR SUITS AND PERFORM KEY SUIT CHECK OUTS.THE NEXT STEP IS CREW WALK OUT. ASTRONAUTS WILL LEAVE THE BUILDING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY BEFORE THEY HEAD TO THE LAUNCHPAD. >> FOLLONG FINAL GOODBYES THEY WILL GET IN A TESLA AND BEGIN THE ROUGHLY 29 MINUTE DRIVE TO PAD 39A. THEY WILL ASCEND THE FIXED SERVICE STRUCTURE TO BOARD THE SPACECRAFT IN A PROCESS CALLED CREW INGRESS. THE SpaceX TEAM WILL RUN A SERIES OF CHECKS TO MAKE SURE THE SUITS, SEATS AND INTERACTIONS ARE FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. >> AFTER THAT IS COMPLETED THE TEAM WILL CLOSE DRAGON’S HATCH WITH BOB AND DOUG INSIDE. THIRTY MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH THE CREW ACCESS ARM, THE LONG SUSPENDED WALK WAY THE ASTRONAUTS WILL USE TO BOARD DRAGON WILL RETRACT AWAY, FOLLOWED BY THE ARMING OF THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. >> ONCE THE ARM IS RETRACTED, LOADING WILL BEGIN FIVE MINUTES BEFORE LIFT OFTEN AND CONFIGURED FOR TERMINAL COUNT. ON BOARD COMPUTERS TAKE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE 62 AT T-0 IF ALL GOES WELL AND THE WEATHER COOPERATE, CREW DRAGON AND FALCON 9 WILL LIFTOFF FROM PAD 39A CARRYING ASTRONAUTS BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY.ITINGLY ENTERACTIVATION PHASE AND USE ON BOARD PROPULSION SYSTEM TO CARRY BOB AND DOUG TO THEIR DESTINATION, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. BOB AND DOUG ARE JUST FINISHING UP THEIR LUNCH AND WE ARE CURRENTLY AWAITING THEIR ARRIVAL TO THE SUIT UP ROOM. >> YOU WILL NOTICE OVER THE COURSE OF THE BROADCAST WE DO NOT HAVE CROWDS GATHERED AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND THAT IS PART OF OUR PROTOCOL TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR TEAM. WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GUESTS HERE TO VIEW THE LAUNCH. EVEN THOUGH WE COULDN’T HAVE A LOT OF GUESTS HERE, YOU CAN JOIN US THROUGH EVERY STEP THE HISTORIC MISSION FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE.WE HAVE A TEAM DEDICATED TO SOCIAL MEDIA. >> HEY EVERYONE OUT THERE. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE 4.9 MILLION TUNING IN ON WEDNESDAY, WE ARE SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN F. YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO WITNESS THE PRE-LAUNCH ACTIVITIES ON WEDNESDAY, YOU ARE IN LUCK, I’M HERE TO BRING YOU ALL THE EXCITEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AROUND THE NATION THIS. IS A BIG DAY FOR NASA AND SpaceX AND WE ARE READY FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF IT. WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE ENGAGED ON WEDNESDAY AND WE WANT TO SEE IF WE CAN TOP THAT ENERGY TODAY.WE’LL SHARE YOUR PHOTOS AND THOUGHTS LIVE ON AIR DURING TODAY’S BROADCAST. DON’T HOLDBACK, AND SHOW US HOW YOU ARE GETTING READY FOR LIFTOFF. YOU CAN JOIN THE CONVERSATION USING THE # LAUNCHAMERICA ON NASA’S FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND LINKED IN. I WILL HOST YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. AND IF YOU TUNED IN BEFORE, WE HAVE NEW POLLS, SO HEAD OVER TO NASA TWITTER TO CAST VOTES. YOU ARE TUNING IN FROM HOME BUT YOU CAN CHECK OUT NASA’S INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK FOR THE AUGMENTED REALITY FILTERS TO PLACE YOU AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND YOU CAN SEE THE FALCON 9 ROCKET LIFTOFF IN A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES.HEAD OVER TO NASA’S FACEBOOK TO JOIN THE GROUP. WE HAVE NEW SOCIAL BADGES AND A NICE FRESH PHOTO AND Q & As WITH SPECIAL GUESTS AND BEHIND THE SCENE TOURS WITH THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN FLORIDA AND AN AWESOME COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE EXCITEED TO WITNESS THIS MOMENT. SO JUST RIGHT HERE IN TRAINING GETTING READY FOR THE LAUNCH AMERICA.IF YOU ARE JUST TUNING IN, TO GET US STARTED WE HAVE A POLL FOR YOU ON TWITTER RIGHT NOW. WE WANT TO KNOW: HEAD OVER TO NASA’S TWIT TORE CAST VOTES — TWITTER TO CAST THOSE VOTES. LET’S GO BACK TO LAUEREN. >> THANK YOU. I DON’T WANT TO SWAY THE VOTE, BUT I’M ALL ABOUT THE WORM. >> MEAT BALL! >> THE MAIN PURPOSE OF TODAY’S DEMONSTRATION MISSION IS TO PUT CREW DRAGON THROUGH THE FINAL OPERATION TESTS TO OFFICIALLY CERTIFY THE VEHICLE FOR HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. THE SpaceX AND NASA TEAMS HAVE PUT YEARS OF WORK IN DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING AND TRAINING TO GET US HERE TODAY AND WE ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM SEEING FALCON 9, CREW DRAGON AND BOB AND DOUG LIFTOFF FOR FIRST TIME AND DOING IT FROM THE SAME HISTORIC LIFT PAD THAT FIRST SENT HUMANS TO THE MOON MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. >> IT IS GOOD WE ARE INSIDE. I’M READY TO RUN ACROSS AND TRY TO HITCH A RIDE TO SPACE ON THE CREW DRAGON.THE BEAUTIFUL VEHICLE NASA AND SpaceX HAVE DONE TOGETHER TO CREATE THIS BEAUTIFUL ROCKET. IT MAKES ME WANT TO GET OUT THERE. >> YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE TODAY. BUT YOU HAVE BEEN NOMINATED BY A LOT OF FOLLOWERS TO FLY ONE OF THE FUTURE MISSIONS OF CREW DRAGON. >> YEAH! >> YEAH, LET’S DO THAT. OKAY! >> WE ARE JUST ABOUT 3 MILES FROM LAUNCH COMPLEX 39 AUTHORITY A, DON’T GET IDEA, IT’S NOT THAT FAR. THAT IS WHERE LIFTOFF WILL HAPPEN IN A LITTLE OVER FOUR HOURS. WE WANT TO GO TO WHERE THEY ARE KEEPING AN EAR ON OPERATIONS. GOOD MORNING.>> GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. #TEAMWORM. I AM DAN HUGHET. WE ARE HERE FOR ROUND TWO FOR THIS HISTORIC LAUNCH. >> WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK AND HOPEFULLY THE WEATHER IS IN OUR FAVOR AND IT LOOKS SUNNY AND NICE. FINGERS CROSSED. I’M JESSE ANDERSON AND I’M A LEAD MANUFACTURING ENGINEER AND WE ARE SO PROUD TO BE NASA’S PARTNER IN RETURNING ASTRONAUTS TO SPACE. WE SENT THE DRAGON ON ITS FIRST FLIGHT AND I CAN SPEAK FOR ALL OF US AT SpaceX WHEN I SAY WE COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED TO FINALLY BE SENDING HUMANS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> THIS IS KNOWN AS DEMONSTRATION MISSION 2 OR DEMO-2. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A COMMERCIALLY BUILT SPACECRAFT WILL LAUNCH PEOPLE TO THE SPACE STATION. IT IS AN END TO END FLIGHT-TEST FROM LAUNCH TO TOUCH DOWN AND FLASH DOWN IN THE ATLANTIC. THIS IS THE LAST TEST FOR NASA TO CERTIFIES SpaceX FOR FLIGHTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. ON THE SpaceX SIDE THEY HAVE TEAMS PERFORMING FINAL LAUNCH DAY CHECK OUTS TO MAKE SURE DRAGON IS HEALTHY AND GOOD TO GO. >> AT LIFTOFF WE’LL TRANSFER TO MISSION CONTROL TO HAWTHORNE.THEY WILL HAVE INSIGHT AND COMMAND OF DRAGON SYSTEMS FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE UPCOMING MISSION. SINCE DRAGON IS A HIGHLY AUTON MOUSE VEHICLE, OUR TEAMS WILL BE CONTINUALLY MONITORING THROUGH THE DURATION OF THE SKWROURPB JM LIFTOFF UNTIL DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN ON EARTH. >> THE MISSION DIRECTOR IS THE ONE IN CHARGE AND WHERE THE SpaceX CORE, CREW OPERATIONS RESPONSIBLE ENGINEER IS THE VOICE TALKING TO ASTRONAUTS.>> DRAGON AND FALCON 9 TOGETHER HAVE YEARS OF OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCE OR WHAT WE REFER TO AS FLIGHT TERITAGE. 22 FLIGHTS WITH DRAGON INCLUDING 21 TRIPS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. TO GET US WHERE WE ARE TODAY, NOT ONLY HAVE WE CONDUCTED THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF TESTING, BUT WE HAVE ALSO ENHANCED AND ADDED A NUMBER OF SAFETY FEATURES TO DRAGON. >> ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SAFETY FEATURE CITIZEN LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. THE HUGE ADVANCEMENT IN THE SAFETY OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT AND SpaceX COULD DEMONSTRATE IN TWO IMPORTANT TEST, THE FIRST IN 2015 WITH THE PAD ABOARD TEST WE ARE WATCHING VIDEO FROM. AND MORE RECENTLY LAST JANUARY OF THIS YEAR THE INFLIGHT ABOARD TEST. THE DRAGON ESCAPE SYSTEM HAS SIX SUPER DRACO ENGINES TO ALLOW IT TO SEPARATE FROM FALCON 9 AND CARRY ASTRONAUTS TO SAFETY WHETHER ON THE LAUNCHPAD ALL THE WAY UP TO ORBIT.>> SpaceX HAS COMPLETED OVER 80 PARACHUTE TESTS, WHICH INCLUDES NEARLY 30 TESTS OF JUST THE UPGRADED PARACHUTES ON THE VEHICLE TO ENSURE A SAFE LANDING ON EARTH IN THE UNLUBELY EVENT ONE OF THE FOUR MAIN PARACHUTES FAILS. >> WE CAN’T FORGET THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR FIRST DEMONSTRATION MISSION JUST LAST YEAR BUT WITH NO ACTUAL HUMANS ON BOARD. LET’S GO TO SpaceX INTEGRATION ENGINEER FOR OUR FIRST STATUS UPDATE. >> GOOD MORNING FROM SpaceX HEADQUARTERS IN HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA. I WILL BRING YOU STATUS UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTDOWN. WE ARE INSIDE T-MINUS 4 HOURS 9 MINUTES. THE FIRST ATEMPT WAS SCRUBBED ON THE 27th. IN ATTEMPT THE TEAM PROCEEDED DEEP INTO THE COUNTDOWN AND WHEN THERE WAS NO CHANCE OF WEATHER IMPROVING THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR STOPPED IT INSIDE TMINUS 17 MINUTES AND IT WAS SCRUBBED SCR. SINCE THE SCRUB, FALCON 9 HAS REMAINED VERTICAL ON THE PAD AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE MONITOR AND REMAINED POWERED UP.THE LAUNCH CREW REPORTS NO SIGNIFICANT ISSUES ON THE FALCON 9. MINIMAL ACTIVITY O DRAGON AND IT WAS TOPPING OFF OXYGEN AND NITROX. WE HAVE A 50% CANC OF VIOLATING CONDITIONS AND 50% GOOD CONDITIONS. THE CONCERN IS RAIN AND CLOUDS IN REHRAEUGSZ TO LIGHTNING. — RELATION TO LIGHTNING. WE ARE WATCHING A SERIES OF WEATHER PATTERNS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO BE GOOD. WE ARE CONTINUING INTO THE COUNT RIGHT NOW. COMING UP AT T-MINUS 4 HOURS THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR WILL VERIFY THE CONDITIONS ARE SAFE AT THE PAD TO OPEN IT UP TO JUST THE SUPPORT CREW. THE SUPPORT TEAM WILL ENTERTHE AREA AND BEGIN PREPARATIONS FOR THE ASTRONAUTS AT T-MINUS 3 HOURS. THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR WILL HAVE A COUNTDOWN STATUS BRIEFING AND WE MAY HEAR THAT. AS THE CLOCK CONTINUES COUNTING DOWN WE’LL CHECK WITH GARY JORDAN WITH THE FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM AT NASA’S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON. HOW ARE THE TEAMS LOOKING THERE, GARY? >> THANK YOU, JOHN. WELCOME EVERYONE TO MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON. THE ROOM BEHIND ME IS ONE OF THREE FLIGHT CONTROL ROOMS AT THE JOHNSON FLIGHT CENTER, KNOWE ALL THE OPERATIONS ARE MONITORED.IT IS STAFFED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR. TODAY THE TEAM IS FOCUSED ON MONITORING TODAY’S LAUNCH OPERATIONS AND MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR BOB AND DOUG TO DOCK WITH THE STATION TOMORROW MORNING AO*EUFPLT JOINED REMOTELY BY AN ASTRONAUT ON THE LAST NIGHT FROM AMERICAN SHORES NINE YEARS AGO WITH DOUG HURLEY. REX FLEW ON TWO SHUTTLE MISSIONS BEFORE THAT AND IS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND MISSION ASSURANCE AT THE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER.REX, THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME. >> MY PLEASURE. >> WE ARE CLOSING IN ON THE SUIT UP PROCESS FOR BOB AND DOUG. WHAT WERE THOUGHTS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD AS PART OF THE CREW SUITING UP FOR A FLIGHT. >> YOU PRACTICE IT MANY TIMES, BUT THIS IS FOR REAL. YOU NEVER KNOW FOR SURE WHETHER IT IS FOR REAL. WE ONLY HAD A 30% CHANCE OF LAUNCH ON OUR LAUNCH DAY.YOU THINK IT’S PRO NOT GOING TO HAN. WE HAVE TO BE READY FOR GAME DAY. YOU GET SUITED UP AND YOU WALK OUT THE STORIED CORRIDORS WHERE NEIL ARMSTRONG WALKED OUT BEFORE HE WENT TO THE MOON AND HEAD OUT TO THE LAUNCHPAD. >> AS I RECALL THE WEATHER WAS NOT SO FAVORABLE FOR STS-135 IN THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY AND STARTED LOOKING BETTER TOWARD LAUNCH TIME AND YOU GOT OFF THE PAD AND YOU HAD TO SCRUB A FEW TIMES BUT IT SEEMS TO BE A NOWHERAL THING FOR HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. >> YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LAUNCH DAY AND YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED WHETHER THE VEHICLE MAY HAVE ISSUES OR THE WEATHER MAY NOT COOPERATE.YOU GET READY AND DO THE COUNTDOWN. IT DIDN’T LOOK VERY GOOD. WE HAD ONLY A 30% CHANCE OF GO AND GOT STRAPPED IN AND WEREN’T SURE IF IT WAS GO OR NOT AND OUR COMMANDER SAID I HAVE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS. THE BAD NEWS, IT’S RAINING, THE GOOD NEWS IS IT LOOKS LIKE IT CLEARING TO THE WEST. SURE ENOUGH THEY BROUGHT TO T-MINUS 9 AND CHECKED THE WEATHER AND DECIDED TO GO AND BROUGHT IT DOWN TO 31 SECONDS AND THE CLOCK STOPPED.AND WE ARE LOOKING AROUND AND HEARD LAUNCH WAS HALTED DUE TOE A MALFUNCTION. WE THOUGHT WHAT KIND? WE ARE NOT GOING ON LAUNCH FOR SURE. 31 SECONDS FROM LAUNCH AND HAVE A MINUTE HOLD TIME AND YOUR MOOD GOES DOWN & IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE IT WOULD BE IT, BUT THE TEAM KNEW WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE GASEOUS OXYGEN ARM HAD MOVED OUT THE WAY SO IT COULD LAUNCH AND TOOK US TO COUNT. HOLY COW, NOW WE REALLY ARE GOING. IT DOESN’T GIVE YOU A LOT OF TIME TO COLLECT THOUGHTS. T-MINUS 6 ENGINES STARTS UP AND THEN THE BIG JOLT AND IT’S TODAY. YOU GET READY FOR THE MISSION. >> HERE’S TO HOPING FOR THE BEST TODAY. ASTRONAUT REX WALHEIN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> HEY, REX, IT WAS SO GREAT TO FLIGHT WITH YOU IN STS-122. I REMEMBER YOU TURNING TO ME SAYING IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT, YOU ARE GOING TO DO GREAT AND YOU MADE ME FEEL SO GOOD ABOUT LAUNCHING INTO SPACE AND I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND KINDNESS.THAT WAS A GREAT MISSION AND I APPRECIATE YOU, MAN. >> IT WAS GREAT FUN, LEYLAND. YOU ARE A BIG GUY AND YOU DIDN’T LEAVE A LOT OF SPACE SITTING NEXT TO YOU ON LAUNCH FOR YOUR BUDDY. I HAD TO SCRUNCH MYSELF TO THE SIDE. I REMEMBER THAT ONE THING WHERE WE PUT OUR SPACE SUITS ON AND GOT ALL STRAPPED IN AND YOU BEING A FORME NFL PLAYER, THERE WASN’T A LOT OF ROOM. I REMEMBER SAYING TO OUR COMMANDER, HEY, STEVE, NEXT TIME WE FLY WITH A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE PICK A JOCKEY. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO FLY WITH YOU. >> I WAS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND REMEMBER A NIGHT LANDING AND I SAID — YOUR SON SAID HI, DAD. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FAMILY AND YOU DID SUCH A GREAT JOB FLYING WITH DOUG ON THE LAST SHUTTLE MISSION. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE. WE WILL GO LIVE TO CREW QUARTERS IN A MINUTE AND SEE DOUG AND BOB SUITING UP. >> THANK YOU, REX. MY TAKE AWAY FROM WHAT REX HAD TO SAY IS YOU ARE TELLING ME THERE IS A CHANCE. A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE, ACTUALLY.FIFTY%, IN FACT. THE — 50%, ININ FACT. AND BOB AND DOUG HAVE BEEN LIVING IN CREW QUARTERS FOR 10 DAYS THIS. ROOM WAS 50 USED AS A SUIT UP ROOM FOR APOLLO SEVEN IN OCTOBE. FOR EVERY MISSION SINCE THEN SERVING 400 DIFFERENT ASTRONAUTS ON A TOTAL OF 150 MISSIONS, THIS IS THE ROOM WHERE ARMSTRONG, ,ALDREN SUITED UP AND FOR EVERY SHUTTLE FLIGHT OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS. EVERY FLIGHT TO THE MOON AND LAB AND SOYUZ AND SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT STARTED IN THAT ROOM.I KNOW MANY OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME FORM OF QUARANTINE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS BUT TWO WEEKS IN QUARANTINE IN PREPARATION FOR SPACE FLIGHT ISUN LIKE ANY OTHER TIME IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT ARE SOME TRADITIONS. >> WE WOULD SIT DOWN AND TELL JOKES AND MAKES THE MOOD LIGHTER AND REVIEW NOTES AND BRIN OUR FAMILIES IN AND HAVE A CREW MEAL WITH OUR FAMILIES. IT WAS TOUCHING. AND GAMES AND GETTING READY TO GET READY FOR THE ICONIC MISSION TO SPACE. >> EVERYTHING PRIOR WAS PREPARATION AND EVERYTHING AFTER IS THE MISSION. AND PRIOR TO WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ATTEMPT WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE SUIT UP ROOM WAS USED FOR THE LAST SHUTTLE FLIGHT IN BETWEEN .WE WANT TO SHOW YOU A PICTURE OF THE CREW FROM THE LAST AMERICAN SPACE FLIGHT LAUNCHING FROM AMERICAN SOIL. YOU SEE DOUG HURLEY. HE WAS THE PILOT FOR STS-135. TODAY HE IS THE COMMANDER OF DEMO-2, THE SPACECRAFT COMMANDER. SUITING UP WAS CHRIS FERGUESON, SANDY MAGINOUS AND REX WALHEIM WE JUST HEARD FROM. WE ARE STANDING BY TO GO IN THE SUIT UP ROOM. IT IS JUST BEGINNING NOW. THERE IS OUR FIRST LOOK IN THE ROOM. THERE IS ASTRONAUT DOUG HURLEY GETTING INTO HIS SPACE SUIT AND BEING HELPED BY ONE THE SUIT TECHNICIANS. THIS IS OUR FIRST LOOK IN THE ROOM. DOUG HURLEY HAS FLOWN INTO SPACE TWO TIMES BEFORE AND WAS A POI LO — PILOT. BOB IS TO THE RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN. AND HE WAS — HE ALSO FLEW ON TWO SHUTTLE MISSIONS. BOB IS A NATIVE OF ST. ANNE, MISSOURI, IF YOU ARE WATCHING, WAVE HI, THERE IS BOB.AND DOUG IS FROM APPALACHIAN NEW YORK AND CONSIDER ITS HIS HOMETOWN. I KNOW A LOT. PEOPLE FROM THERE, IF YOU ARE WATCHING FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK, SHOUT OUT TO YOU TOO. THIS MUST BRING BACK MEMORIES. >> IT DOES. IT’S DIFFERENT THAN WHEN I WAS SUITING UP. THEY WERE APOLLO-ERA LAZY BOYS AND NOW THESE INCREDIBLE SLEEK SUITS AS THE SEATS ARE THE SAMEET ZOOS IN THE CREW DRAGOB — SAME SEATS IN THE CREW DRAGON VEHICLE AND THAT’S AMAZEING.>> THEY ARE GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT SEATS AND THE SAME IN THE VEHICLE PRETTY MUCH. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS STRAPPING THE CREW INTO THE SEATS TO PREPARE FOR THE TWO BIG CHECK OUTS THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW. THEY WILL DO A COMS CHECK, A BI-DIRECTIONAL COMS CHECK AND MAKE SURE THE MICRO PHONES IN THE HELMETS THE CREW ARE WEARING, THEY CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND DO A LEAK TEST, A PRESSURE TEST WITH A PRESSURIZED SPACE SUIT. THE SUITS ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST FUTURISTIC OUT FITS AND LOOK LIKE THEY COME FROM A SCI-FI MOVIE.THEY PROVIDE COMMUNICATION, COOLING AND THE ABILITY TO PRESSURIZE IF NECESSARY. A MOMENT AGO YOU MAY HAVE SEEN ONE OF THE SUIT TECHNICIANS ATTACHING A BIG WHITE UMBILICAL TO THE LEG OF THE SUIT. THAT IS THE WAY IN WHICH THE COMMUNICATIONS AND THE AIR FLOW, ALL OF THAT IS HAPPENING THROUGH THE UMBILICAL, WHICH IS CONNECTED TO THE SEAT. RIGHT NOW AS YOU CAN SEE, WE ARE GETTING, THE TEAM IS GETTING THE CREW ALL BUTTONED UP IN THEIR 5-POINT HARNESSES AND GETTING READY FOR CHECK OUTS. >> THERE IS THAT WORM AGAIN RIGHT FRONT AND CENTER.HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? >> JUST GREAT. [LAUGHING] WE HAVE A LOT OF HERITAGE WITH THE MEATBALL BUT I’M ABLE TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE NOW. THEY ARE GETTING READY. THEY HAVE HAD BREAKFAST, CHANCES TO TALK TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. IT IS GETTING REAL AGAIN. A 50-50 CHANCE I’M STAYING POSITIVE ON 50% CHANCE OF GOING. SEEING THE SUIT TECHS AROUND THEM WITH THE FUTURISTIC LOOKING FLIGHT SUITS VERSUS THE WHITE SUITS IN THE PAST, IT’S A TRANSITION FROM THE OLD LEGACY TO THIS NEW ERA IN SPACE TRAVEL.I THINK WORKING WITH NASA AND SpaceX WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE TEAM LIKE WE DO IN SPACE, WORK TOGETHER AS AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM TO GET THINGS DONE. >> THAT’S RIGHT AND THE TEAM GETS TO KNOW EACH OTHER WELL. A WAVE AND THUMBS UP FROM DOUG. THAT’S SO COOL TO SEE. THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM GET TO KNOW BOB AND DOUG REALLY WELL BECAUSE THEY HAVE REHEARSED IT SO MANY TIMES, ESPECIALLY THE SUIT TEXAS. TECHS. THEY MAKE SURE EVERY DETAIL WITH THE FIT AND FUNCTION IS JUST PERFECT BEFORE THEY GET READY TO LAUNCH.>> THE SUIT TECHS ARE THE DESIGNERS. THE SUITS. ALL THE TRAINING SUITS AND EVENTS IN HAWTHORNE WHERE THE CREW IS IN THE CAPSULE SIMILATER. AND THE DUMMY THAT FLEW — >> MANNEQUIN. >> SORRY. THE POINT BEING THEY HAVE BEEN WITH THE SUITS FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE AND HAVE BEEN WORKING SO CLOSELY WITH BOB AND DOUG. >> MAKING SURE EVERYTHING LOOKSES GOOD. OVER ALL DRAGON IS HEALTHY AND READY FOR CREW INGRESS. >> THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE. THIS CONCLUDES THE COUNTDOWN BRIEFING. >> YOU JUST HEARD IN THE BRIEFING THEY ARE CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD TOWARD LAUNCH. AS WE GET A VIEW OF DOUG HURLEY ADJUSTING HIS VISOR, HE IS THE SPACECRAFT COMMANDER FOR DEMO-2. WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A CLOSER LOOK AT THE VETERAN MARINE CORPS FIGHTER PILOT AND SPACE FLIGHT PIONEER.>> EXCITED? >> VERY EXCITED. YEAH. VERY EXCITED. I THINK WE ARE READY. I THINK WE ARE CERTAINLY READY. >> JOINING THE SpaceX DEMO-2 TEST, HE IS A MARINE CORPS COLONEL AND TEST PILOT AND SELECTED IN 2000 AND PILOTED SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR AND STS- 135. INTRODUCING NASA ASTRONAUT DOUG HURLEY. [CHEERING] >> IT’S A LIFE-CHANGING PROCESS IN SO MANY WAYS TO FLY INTO SPACE. IT’S OFFER WHELMING IN SOME ASPECTS. JUST THE SENSATIONS, THE RUMBLING, THE SHAKING, THE ACCELERATION. WHEN THE ENGINES SHUT OFF AND YOU GO FROM THE 3 G TO ZERO G INSTANTANEOUSLY, THINGS START FLOATING.I REMEMBER THINKING WHAT JUST HAPPENED? TO SEE A ROCKET LAUNCH IN PERSON IS A PRETTY EMOTIONAL EVENT. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I SAW A SHUTTLE LAUNCH AND IT WAS AMAZING. AND THEN WHEN I SAW A SHUTTLE LAUNCH WITH MY WIFE ON IT, THAT IS QUITE THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. I AM DOUG HURLEY AND I’M THE SPACECRAFT COMMANDER FOR THE DEMO-2 MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> WE ARE DOING THE FIRST CREWED FLIGHT FOR NASA AND FOR SpaceX.THIS IS THE TEST FLIGHT TO PROVE END TO END FROM LAUNCH TO DOCKING TO ISS OPERATIONS AND ENTRY, DESCENT AND LANDING. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THE DRAGON HAS HAD A CREW ON BOARD. THERE IS A MYRIAD OF OBJECTIVES WE WANT TO ACHIEVE FOR THIS MISSION. SpaceX HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGN AND ESSENTIALLY MAKING THIS VEHICLE WHAT IT IS. WHAT THE ASTRONAUTS BRING TO THE TABLE IS THE CREW VEHICLE INTERFACE. WHAT WOULD WORK ON ORBIT, WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK, WHAT WOULD DEFINITELY WORK TO BE ABLE TO JUST HAVE THE ENTIRE INTEGRATED TEAM THAT IS GOING TO SUPPORT US GETTING TO AND FROM SPACE STATION TALKING TOGETHER AND WORKING THROUGH THE CHALLENGES CHALLENGESTHAT SIMULATORS THROW.IT IS AN INCREDIBLE UNDER TAKING TO SEE WHERE WE HAVE COME IN JUST THE LAST FIVE YEARS BOB AND I HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS AND BE SHORTLY FLYING TO THE STATION STATION WITH THE CREW DRAGON. IT OVERWHELMS YOU TO THINK ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN SOME WAY, SHAPE OR FORM HAVE TOUCHED THIS PROGRAM AND THIS VEHICLE TO GET US TO THIS POINT. WE ARE THE LUCKY ONES THAT GET TO FLY IT. BUT WE CERTAINLY NOT FOR ONE SECOND TAKE FOR GRANTED THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAD TO PUT INTO THIS TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL.>> DOUG HAS WORKED SO HARD. THROUGH HIS ENTIRE LIFE TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. AS A TEST PILOT THIS WOULD BE A DREAM TO FLY A NEW VEHICLE. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO SEE HE GETS TO BE PART OF THIS MISSION AS SPACECRAFT COMMANDER AND I’M GLAD TO SEE HIS HARD WORK AND HIS DREAM COME TRUE FOR THAT. >> IT’S BEEN A LONG ROAD IN A LOT OF WAYS FOR NOT ONLY US, BUT CERTAINLY FOR ALL THE FOLKS WHO WORK IN THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM AND SpaceX NOUR CASE, JUST WORKING — IN OUR CASE, JUST WORKING TO GET TO THIS POINT. IT IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF SACRIFICE AND TIME AWAY FROM HOME BUT THE FRUITS OF OUR HRAEUB ARE ON ARE COMING TO FRUITION. >> WE ARE GETTING CLOSER TO WHEN WE EXPECT TO SEE THE CREW COMPLETE THEIR SUIT CHECKSES AND WALK OUT OF THE NEIL ARMSTRONG OPERATIONS AND CHECK OUT BUILDING. >> BEFORE THEY DO, HERE IS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE JOINT OPERATIONS COMMANDER FOR DEMO-2.YOU SEE FORMER AIR FORCE FLIGHT-TEST ENGINEER BOB BEHNKEN. >> WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE LAUNCH DAY PREPARATION, THERE ARE A LOT OF MOMENTS THAT STAND OUT TO YOU. ONE IS THE CELEBRATORY PIECE OF IT, THAT YOU ARE WALKING OUT OF THE SUIT UP ROOM AND GETTING IN THE VEHICLE THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE LAUNCHPAD. WHEN YOU CLOSE THE HATCH, THAT’S REALLY WHEN DOUG AND I ARE IN THE VEHICLE AND IT’S OUR VEHICLE AND WE ARE IN CONTROL OF THE MISSION AT THAT POINT. >> TEST PILOTS, THEIR TASK PROVED THAT MAN COULD FLY INTO ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH AND RETURN LIVE AND WELL TO TALK ABOUT IT. >> THERE IS ALWAYS A BALANCE OF MANAGING RISK AS YOU GO FORWARD TO EXECUTE A TEST POINT AND FIGURING OUT A WAY TO COLLECT THE DATA. WE HEAR A SOUND, IS THAT SOUND AN EXPECTED SOUND? OR WE SEE A LIGHT, IS IT AN EXPECTEDGHT? WHAT IS THE SOURCE? DOES IT SYNC UP WITH SOMETHING ELSE OR NOT? DISSECTING THAT IN REAL TIME IN YOUR HEAD IS A LOT OF THINGS HAPPEN HRAOEUBS THAT ON LAUNCHING OF A VEHICLE.>> FROM ST. ANNE, MISSOURI, A FLIGHT-TEST ENGINEER AND FLU ABOARD ENDEAVOR TWICE, INTRODUCING NASA ASTRONAUT BOB BEHNKEN. >> MY CAREER AT NASA HAS SPANNED A COUPLE OF DECADES AT THIS POINT. I ARRIVED WITH THE CLASS OF 200E TRAINING PROGRAM FOCUSED ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND LEARNING THOSE SYSTEMS AND HAVING LUNCHED A COUPLE OF TIMES ON VEHICLES THE SECOND TIME WAS DIFFERENT THAN THE FIRST TIME. CAN FEEL G, SHOULD I STUDY ONE MORE THING? IS THERE ONE MORE PIECE OF INFORMATION I SHOULD GET? AM I REALLY PREPARED OR NOT? IT THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE FROM MY FIRST FLIGHT AND WHERE I AM NOW. IT IS REALLY INTERESTING FOR MY WIFE AND I HAVE TO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF SEEING EACH OTHER LAUNCH IN SPACE.I HAVE SEEN HER TAKE THAT RISK AND I HAVE DONE THAT TO HER. THERE ISING AND DIFFERENT ABOUT WATCHING A ROCKET LAUNCH WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE ON BOARD AND YOU FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THE PIT OF YOUR STOMACH. I CAN ONLY TELL YOU IT IS MULTIFLIED SIGNIFICANTLY WHEN IT IS SOMEBODY YOU KNOW AND A FAMILY MEMBER IT IS MULTIPLIED MORE.>> FOR ME, PERSONALLY AS A SPOUSE, WATCHING EVERYTHING BOB HAS PUT INTO THIS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE DEDICATION HE HAS SHOWN AND PERSEVERANCE IS PRETTY SPECIAL. FOR BOTH OF US THE WAY OUR MINDS WORK, IT WON’T BE UNTIL THE MISSION IS COMPLETE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO SAVOR IT AND THIS SIA HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR AN FAIR FORCE FLIGHT — AIR FORCE FLIGHT-TEST ENGINEER TO BE IN THE MISSION OF A NEW VEHICLE. IT WILL BE AMAZING. >> WITHOUT A PARTNER THAT HAS THAT SAME APPRECIATION, IT CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR SOME FOLKS. THERE IS A LOT OF WORK AND TYPE THAT TAKESES FROM FAMILY MY SPOUSE APPRECIATES AND I LOVE HER FOR THAT. REALLY, MY ROLE ON THE DEMO-2 MISSION IS TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS VEHICLE TESTED AND EVALUATED SO THAT WE CAN MOVE ON TO MORE OPERATIONAL MISSIONS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE HAVE A LOT OF OBJECTIVES ON BOARD THE VEHICLE WE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH TO REALLY MAKE SURE IT IS GOOD TO GO.WE’LL MAKE SURE THE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING DURING THE TEST FLIGHT SO FUTURE MISSIONS HAVE THEM EVEN IF THEY DON’T PLAN TO UTILIZE THEM. THROUGH YEARS OF THE NASA TEAM HELPING SHARE THE EXPERIENCE AND TEACHING THEM THE LESSONS FROM GOING THROUGH THIS, THERE IS ANOTHER CAPEABILITY IN THE U.S. BESIDES NASA TO OPERATE ESTIMATION OF THIS MAGNITUDE. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME AMERICANS LAUNCHED IN A NEW VEHICLE? IT’S BEEN SEVERAL DECADES. NOW WE ARE IN A TIME WE HAVE MULTIPLE VEHICLES UNDER DEVELOPMENT. IT’S A GREAT TIME FROM A SPACE EXPLORATION TIME FRAME TO SEE IT HAPPENING AND IT’S BECAUSE OF THE NURTURING OF THE THE SRAOEUFRPLT TO BRING IN A WIDER GROUP OF PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT.IT’S A SUPER COOL TIME. ON A DEEPLY PERSONAL LEVEL, I’M EXCITED MY SON IS GOING TO GET A CHANCE TO SEE ME LAUNCH INTO SPACE. BEING AN ASTRONAUT HAS BEEN A BIT OF AN ABSTRACTION THING FOR HIM. HE HAS SEEN IT IN OLD VIDEOS BUT HASN’T SEEN ME DO IT FOR REAL AO*EUFPLT EXCITED FOR HIM — I’M EXCITED FOR HIM TO SEE THIS LAUNCH. I WANT TO THANK THE COMMERCIAL PROGRAM TEAM THAT WORKED TOGETHER TO GET TO THIS POINT WHERE WE HAVE VEHICLES READ TO HEAD TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> AND HERE IS A LIVE LOOK AGAIN IN THE SUIT UP ROOM AND THE NEIL ARMSTRONG OPERATIONS AND CHECK OUT BUILDING.NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE IS CHECKING OUT OPERATIONS AND WE ARE REALLY LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU THIS VIDEO LIVE AS THEY ARE SUITING UP. YOU DON’T HEAR THE AUDIO BECAUSE THAT’S, WE TRY TO GIVE THE CREW A LITTLE PRIVACY AND SO BEING ABLE TO TALK FREELY AND SHARE WHAT IS ON THEIR MINDS WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT WHO IS LISTENING IS PART OF THE REASON YOU DON’T HEAR AUDIO IN THERE. JIM BRIDENSTINE THERE TALKING TO THE CREW AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE ADMINISTRATOR IS ALSO IN THE ROOM TO THE RIGHT OF YOUR REEN. >> THESE ARE GREAT MOMENTS TO GET A LAST CHANCE TO TALKS TO THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP OF NASA AS THEY ARE ABOUT TO GO OFF AND LAUNCH INTO THE COSMOS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT HOW BOB AND DOUG COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER AND HOW THE SpaceX SUITS COMPLEMENT THE ASTRONAUTS TOO BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE FORM FITTED AND CUSTOM MADE.THEY ARE GOING TO DO THE REAL DEAL. I THINK THE INTEGRATION OF THE SUIT AND VEHICLE AND THE SEATS IS JUST REALLY, REALLY IMPRESSIVE HOW Y’ALL AT SpaceX DID THAT. >> IT’S A PRESSURE SUIT. THE DRAGON CAPSULE IS ALREADY PRESSURIZED AND EVEN IN THE VACUUM OF SPACE THEY ARE SAFE. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF AN ANOMALY WE CAN FLOW OXYGEN OR NITROX INTO THE SUIT AND KEEP THEM PRESSURIZED IN FLIGHT. IT HAS FORM AND FUNCTION AND SOME STYLE AS WELL. >> FOR THE KIDS OUT THERE THAT HAVE 3D PRINTERS OR HAVE PRINTED THE HELMETS WERE MADE BY 3D PRINTING.>> I’M CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT CONVERSATION MIGHT BE GOING ON. IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS LIGHTHEARTED. YOU CAN SEE DOUG LAUGHING THERE. I KNOW MR. BRIDENSTINE HAS SAID BOB AND DOUG, IF YOU WANT TO BACK OUT NOW IT’S NOT TOO LATE. HE MAY HAVE SAID THAT AGAIN. THEY ARE EAGER AS CAN BE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY HAVE ANOTHER VISITOR, NO THE ADMINISTRATOR IS BEING PASSED SOMETHING THERE. >> IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, WE HAVE TRAINED FOR SO LONG, WE HAVE GONE TO THE MALFUNCTION PROCESSES. [LAUGHING] THE SELFIE. >> HAVE TO DO THE SELFIE. >> I WONDER IF HE HAS THE INSTAGRAM FILTER TO PUT THE GLASSES ON. >> YOU CAN TWEET AT HIM AND FIND OUT. >> I WILL HAVE TO DO THAT. THIS IS A GREAT, LIGHTHEARTED MOMENT TO GET THE GUYS IN A GOOD MIND SET TO GO OFF IN SPACE IN A VERY CALM AND COOL AND COLLECTED WAY. I THINK HE IS TAKING PICTURES OF SOME OF THE SUIT TECHS, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.IT’S ABOUT BRINGING THE FAMILY AND TAKEN TOGETHER MAKING EVERYBODY FEEL COMFORTABLE ON FLIGHT DAY AND GET TO SPACE SAFELY. >> OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS MISSION. YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE TOO MUCH LIGHT OF IT AND YOU MENTIONED WEDNESDAY, WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO JOKE AROUND AND KEEP THINGS LIGHT AS YOU GET READY TO GO TO THE LAUNCHPAD. >> WHEN I WENT UP ON 122 WITH REX, WE WERE IN THE CARAVAN GOING TO THE LAUNCHPAD AND MAKING JOKES. AS WE WERE SUITING UP WE WILL LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND HIGH 5 AND SAY ARE YOU READY? LET’S GO AND DO THIS. YOU HAVE ALREADY TRAINED AND KNOW HOW TO DO THIS.YOU HAVE DONE IT MANY, MANY TIMES. THE LIGHTHEARTEDNESS IS GOOD. WHEN YOU GET IN THE VEHICLE THE 3, 2, 1 LIFTOFF IS WHEN YOU ARE READY TO GO. >> THERE ARE THE VISITORS MAKING THEIR WAY OUT OF THE ROOM. AS WE MENTIONED DOUG HURLEY AND BOB BEHNKEN TWO OF THE FINEST AT WHAT THEY DO AND IT IS STARTING TO SINK IN THE MISSION IS ON AS YOU SEE THEM IN THEIR SPACE SUITS. >> SEEING THE SUIT SYSTEM SO INSPIRING TO ME FROM THE FIRST TIME I SAW THEM AT HAWTHORNE DURING TRAINING.IT IS LIKE A SCI-FI FILM BUT UNLIKE A MOVE I THAT HAS TO LOOK COOL, THEY ARE DESIGNED TO MAXIMIZE SAFETY AND FUNCTIONALITY AND MAINTAINING STYLE. HERE ARE TWO MEMBERS OF OUR SPACE SUITS TEAM TELLING US ABOUT HOW THE SUIT CAME TO BE. >> I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS IMPORTANT IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUIT WAS TO MAKE IT EASY TO USE, SOMETHING THE CREW HAS TO LITERALLY PLUG IN WHEN THEY SIT DOWN AND IT TAKES CARE OF ITSELF FROM THERE. THE SUIT IS ONE PART OF THE BIGGER DRAGON SYSTEM. IT IS PART OF THE VEHICLE. WE THINK OF IT AS KIND OF A SUIT-SEE THE SYSTEM WANT THE SEAT THE CREW IS IN AND THE SUIT IN A LOT OF WAYS ARE WORKING TOGETHER. IT MADE SENSE WE WERE DRAGON TO DESIGN THE SUIT. >> IT WAS COMPLETELY DESIGNED IN-HOUSE. IT IS IN HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA. THE SPACE SUIT IS CUSTOM MADE FOR EACH CREW MEMBER AND THAT IS TO OPTIMIZE THE FIT FOR THE CREW MEMBER. >> WE DEFINITELY WANTED TO INNOVATE AND WANTED IT TO LOOK INSPIRING.FIRST AND FOREMOST WE WANTED IT TO BE SAFE AND RELIABLE. THE SUIT’S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO PROTECT THE CREW IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THE CABIN DEPRESSURIZES. IT PROVIDES COOLING AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE CREW INSIDE THE SUIT AND HEARING PROTECTION. THE OUTER LAYER IS FLAME RESISTANT AND PROVIDES FLAME PROTECTION AS WELL. WHEN THE CREW GETS IN THE CAPSULE AND GET IF THEIR SEATS AND PLUG THE SUIT INTO THE UMBILICAL OF THE SEAT AND IT PROVIDES EVERYTHING THE SUIT NEEDS, THE ELECTRONICS FOR COMMUNICATIONS, PROVIDING THE AIR TO COOL THE SUIT AND IT ALSO PROVIDES GAS NEEDED TO PRESSURIZE THE SUIT. IT IS REALLY A SINGLE POINT THAT LETS THE SUIT DO ALL THE THINGS IT NEEDS TO DO. WE DESIGNED THE HELMET IN-HOUSE. IT IS PROTECTING THE CREWS’ HEAD AND ALSO HOUSES THE MICRO PHONES AND THE VALVES REGULATING PRESSURE IN THE SUIT.WE HAD DESIGNED THE GLOVES SO THEY WOULD WORK WITH THE TOUCH SCREEN. THEY DO A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS LIKES THE SUIT. ALL THING HIS TO COME TOGETHER. IT WI BE AMAZING TO SEE BOB AND DOUG IN THEIR FLIGHT SUITS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS COOL ABOUT THE SUIT IT’S NOT JUST A PIECE OF HARDWARE AND A SUIT, IT’S PERSONAL, IT’S BOB’S SUIT AND DOUG’S SUIT. SEEING THE TWO OF THEM USING THEIR SUITS IN FLIGHT WILL BE AN AMAZING THING. >> YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A. THAT IS CREW DRAGON ATOP A 2-STAGE FALCON 9 ROCKET THAT WILL HAVE 9 MILLION POUNDS OF THRUST AT LIGHT OFF. WE KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED THE WEATHER COOPERATES. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL NOW BUT THUNDERSTORMS ARE ROLLING IN LATER AND WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE WEATHER.WE WILL HEAD TO HAWTHORNE FOR AN OPERATIONAL UPD >> WE ARE HERE IN HAWTHORNE. THAST MOTTES HAVE A CREW TRAINING FACILITY EQUIPPED WITH A COCKPIT SIM YOULA >> THE SpaceX TEAM SHARED THE SAME ISS SIMULATOR SO YOU CAN TRY YOUR HAND AT DOCKING THE ISS. IF YOU HEAD OVER TO ISS-SIM.SpaceX.COM, YOU CAN TRY YOUR HAND AT DOCKING WITH THE SPACE STATION. I HAVE TRIED IT ONCE BEFORE.IT WAS REALLY DIFFICULT. IT LOOKS WAY — IT IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT ACTUALLY IS, I THINK. >> IT IS DECEIVING. JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING REALLY SLOW AND EVERYTHING IS OKAY, THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU ARE CAREENING INTO THE SPACE STATION. IT IS WAY HARDER. YOU HAVE TO GO WAY SLOWER THAN YOU THINK. IT MAY TAKE A COUPLE OF TRY, BUT IT IS DOABLE. >> YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT AND SEE IF YOU CAN DO IT. LET’S CHECK FOR A QUICK UPDATE ON DRAGON AND FALCON 9. >> ALL CONTINUES TO GO WELL FOR TODAY’S LAUNCH.ON THE LAUNCHPAD FALCON 9 IS POWERED ON AND CHECKSES LOOKED GOOD. THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE IS NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO TALK ABOUT ON THE ROCKET RIGHT NOW. ON TOP OF FALCON 9 IS THE DRAGON SPACECRAFT BEING PREPARED FOR THE CREW. THE PROPELLANT SYSTEM WAS PRESSURIZED AN HOUR AGO AND WE HAD THE SUPPORT TEAM ARRIVE IN T-MINUS 4 HOURS AND WE ARE WAITING FOR THE CREW TO WALK OUT OF THE BUILDING AND THEY SHOULD ARRIVE AT T-MINUS 3 HOURS. ALL SYSTEMS ARE CURRENTLY GO. THE AIR FORCE RANGE REPORTS NO ISSUES AT THIS TIME. THE RANGE WILL BE MAINTAINING AIR AND SEA SPACE CLEARANCE AROUND THE LAUNCHPAD AND SUPPORT THINGS LIKES PUTTING THE ROAD BLOCKS UP TO PREVENT ACCESS TO HAZARD AREAS AT LAUNCH SITE 39A AND AROUND THE CAPE. THE BIG QUESTION IS THE WEATHER BUT SOMETHING WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT.IT’S 50% PROBABILITY OF GOOD CONDITIONS. WE WILL WATCH FOR THE CLOUD, LIGHTNING, THUNDERSTORMS. THE SEA BREEZE IS NOT AS STRONG TODAY AND THAT WILL NOT HELP PUSH ALL THAT BACK OVER CENTRAL FLORIDA. RIGHT NOW THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD WITH FALCON 9 AND DRAGON AS WE COUNTDOWN TO LIFTOFF. WE WANT TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE FOLLOWING TODAY’S LAUNCH FROM AND WE WILL GO TO TAHIRA AT OUR SOCIAL DESK. >> THANK YOU, JOHN.SO GLAD TO HEAR THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR THIS LAUNCH. REALLY HOPE IT STAYS THAT WAY. WE JUST TOOK A LOOK AT NUMBERS OF VIEWERSHIPS AND THERE ARE 500,000 OF YOU TUNING IN FOR TODAY’S BROADCAST. WELCOME, GUYS. WE ARE SO EXCITEED TO HAVE YOU. WE HAVE THE TOP CITIES RIGHT NOW TUNING IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA; HOUSTON, TEXAS; LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK AND ORLANDO. THE EAST COAST IS PULLING TODAY’S VIEWERSHIP. LAST TIME CALIFORNIA CAME IN AND STOLE THE WHOLE SHOW AWAY. LET’S SEE WHAT IS BEING SHARED ON LINE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE THIS FUTURE ASTRONAUT AND I DON’T KNOW WHO HE HAS TO CALL BUT HE IS IN A SpaceX SUIT AND TESLA GETTING READY FOR ROUND TWO. LET’S TAKE A SECOND LOOK. WE HAVE A FRENCH BULL DOG TAKING BOB’S PLACE FOR LAUNCH RIGHT NOW. THIS IS SO FUNNY. WE LOVE TO SEE YOU, GUYS.FOR THOSE OF YOU TUNING IN, USE THE # LAUNCHAMERICA ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHOW US HOW YOU ARE GETTING READY FOR LIFTOFF. EARLIER IN THE SHOW WE POLLED USERS TO SEE WHICH NASA LOGO YOU ARE SPORTING. THE RESULTS ARE IN: THE WORM IS FALLING A LITTLE BEHIND BUT NOW THAT IT IS BACK MAYBE YOU WILL SPORT IT MORE OFTEN. LET’S GO BACK TO MARIE. >> THANK YOU. WE HAVE SPIRITED REACTIONS HERE. WE ARE LOOKS AT THE WALK OUT DOORS. LEYLAND THREW UP HIS ARMS IN VICTORY SEEING MORE PEOPLE SPORTING THE MEATBALL.LAUEREN LOOKS LIKES SOMEONE KID NANNED HER DOG. >> I’M SHOOK. >> GO AWAY WORM. >> OH, WOW. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T PREDICT, YOU KNOW — THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY OF OPINIONS. >> AND TRADITION IS A CAR GAME CALLED POSSOM’S FARGO AND YOU HAVE TO PLAY ENOUGH SO THE COMMANDER LOSES BEFORE WE WALK OUT. THEY ARE GETTING READY TO HAVE DOUG LOSE HIS HAND AND COME OUT AND GET IN THE SPACE SHIP. >> WE ARE GIVING THEM THAT MOMENT IN PRIVATE.I WANTED TO ASK YOU TOO, WE HAD A SCRUB LATE IN THE COUNT YESTERDAY AND GOT JUST UNDER T-MINUS 17 MINUTES AND IT WAS A COLLECTIVE GROAN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH A DELAY ONCE YOURSELF ON A SHUTTLE FLIGHT. WHAT DOES IT TAKES TO RE-FOCUS YOURSELF ON DAY TWO? DO YOU GO THROUGH THE SAME PREPARATIONS? IS THERE SUPERSTITION INVOLVED? >> NOT REALLY. WE TRY TO KEEP EVERYTHING THE SAME WAY. WE HAVE PRACTICED THIS WAY AND NOW WE ARE IN THE REAL DAY AND PLANNING THIS WAY. IF YOU STAY IN THE SAME FORM AND FUNCTION YOU HAVE DONE BEFORE, NOTHING ELSE HOPEFULLY WILL HAPPEN THAT IS OUT OF CHARACTER TO YOUR MISSION. I THINK WE JUST TRY TO STAY THE SAME WAY. >> YEAH. THAT’S GOOD INSIGHT. I KNOW, YOU KNOW, BOB AND DOUG, WE HEARD THEM ON THE COMS AFTER THAT AS THEY WERE DETANKING FALCON NINE AND WAITING FOR THEM TO GET OUT OF DRAGON AND THEY WERE COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED THANKING THE TEAMS FOR DOING A GOOD JOB. NOBODY IS GETTING LAUNCH FEVER. THEY WILL DO THE SAME THING TODAY.THEY WOULD MAKE THE SAME CALL AS IF NOBODY WAS PAYING ATTENTION. >> ON MY FIRST MISSION THERE WS A MISTAKE AND HE SAID HE HAD TO GET BACK TO GRACE UNDER PRESSURE TO NOT MAKE A THIRD MISTAKE. WE TRY TO DO EVERYTHING THE SAME WAY AND BE DELIBERATE BUT GRACEFUL, NOT REALLY TRY TO OVER THINK SOMETHING, BUT TRY TO STAY SAFE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> AND CALM. >> YEAH. THAT’S SO KEY. NASA TOP OF MIND FOR ALL OF SpaceX AND NASA TEAMS WORKING ON THIS TODAY. WE ARE JUST STANDING BY. WE EXPECT THE CREW IS GOING TO BE LEAVING THE SUIT UP ROOM IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES. WE ARE GIVING THEM THE LAST FEW MINUTES IN PRIVATE. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE PAD HERE. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT STRUCK ME, WE WATCHED THE VIDEOS ABOUT BOB AND DOUG.WHEN I WENT HOME ON WEDNESDAY, BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO WERE WATCHING AND MAY BE WATCHING AGAIN TODAY, SAW THE VIDEOS ABOUT THEM AND LEARNED ABOUT THEIR MILITARY BACKGROUND. MY HUSBAND IS A MARINE AND IS SUPER PUMPED ABOUT DOUG. DOUG TWEETED SEMPER FI. THEY ARE SUPER PUMPED AND AIR MEN WATCHING BOB, HE IS REPRESENTING THE AIR FORCE. IT’S A COOL MOMENT FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILY AND AS A MILITARY SPOUSE I FEEL SOME OF THAT PROUD. >> I SAW CHARLIE COMING FROM THE RESTAURANT AND EXCITED ABOUT DOUG AS A MARINE. HE IS A MARINE.SEMPER FI WAS SOMETHING HE SAID. GOD SPEED, SEMPER FI, GO CREW DRAGON. OUR MANAGEMENT PEOPLE ARE HELP BE WITH LAUNCH AND RECOVERY AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION. >> ABSOLUTELY. WE WANT TO TURN OUR ATTENTION BACK TO THE NEIL ARM STKROPBG AG OPERATIONS AND CHECK OUT BUILDING. THOSE ARE THE DOORS AT THE BACK OF THE CREW QUARTERS BUILDING WHERE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA CAN SHARE ONE FINAL MOMENT WITH THE CREW BEFORE LAUNCH.THE WALK THROUGH THE DOORS SIGNALS FOR THE LAUNCH SINCE 1968. IT IS IMMORTALIZED ON FILM AND VIDEO FOR FOREHUNDRED DIFFERENT ASTRONAUTS FROM APOLLO THROUGH SPACE SHUTTLE SERVING 150 TOTAL MISSIONS AND SOON THE IF THE WEATHER COOPERATES, MISSION 151 WITH THE FIRST TWO COMMERCIAL CREW ASTRONAUTS. THE DOORS CARRY A LEGACY OF PURPOSE AND ACTION AND TODAY THEY WILL AMOUNTAINS TO ALL OF US THE — ANNOUNCE TO ALL OF US THE SpaceX DEMO-2 MISSION.>> YOU SAW MY WALKS OUT FROM STS-129, MY LAST MISSION. I REMEMBER HAVING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY OUT THERE. MY CHEMISTRY TEACHER THAT WAS IN THE CROWD AND GOT ME TURNED ON TO SCIENCE AND HELPED ME BECOME AN ASTRONAUT. I REMEMBER HER BEING IN THE CROWD SAYING GO LEYLAND! IT WAS JUST A MEMORABLE MOMENT FOR ME AND MORE ROCKET FUEL IN MY VEINS. >> WE ARE LOOKING AT AA LIVE PICTURE WHERE WE CAN SEE SOME FOLKS GATHERED, THE IMMEDIATE FAMILIES. A SMALL CONTINGEIENT OF MEDIA THERE. NORMALLY IT WOULD BE JAM-PACKED WITH AS MANY AS WE COULD TO CAPTURE THAT MOMENT. WE HAD TO SCALE BACK TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. THERE IS AN EXCITING GROUP OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.>> SO COOL TO SEE THEIR FAMILIES THERE AND THEY HAD THE MOMENT WITH THEM PRIOR TO GETTING INSIDE THE TESLAS. SEEING THAT THE LAST TYPE WE MADE THE ATTEMPT WAS AN INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL MOMENT. I KNOW IT WILL BE EMOTIONAL AGAIN. YEAH, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IS GOING THROUGH THEIR HEADS IN THAT MOMENT WHEN THEY ARE WAVING GOODBYE FOR THE LAST TIME BEFORE FLYING. I MEAN, LEYLAND, LIKE, WERE YOU NERVOUS? >> YOU KNOW, AT THAT MOMENT WE WERE, WE HAD BEEN JOVIAL AND THE SUIT UP WALK OUT.I THINK AT THAT MOMENT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT OUR FAMILIES AND AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS INCREDIBLE THING FOR HELPING ADVANCE OUR CIVILIZATION. WE ARE WORKING AT A TEAM. ALL THE OTHER TEAMS WITH SpaceX AND NASA AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD REALLY, YOU KNOW, RECOVERY AND ALL THESE THING, HELPING US GET TO SPACE TO ADVANCE OUR CIVILIZATION. THOSE MOMENTS ARE REALLY HEART FELT FOR US, A TEAM OF PEOPLE HAVE HELPED US GET TO THIS POINT. >> ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE LOOKING AT A LIVE PICTURE OF BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY AND THE ASTRONAUT CREW QUARTERS. WE SAW DOUG WAVE AT THE SCREEN. THEY ARE TURNING THE CORNER AND GETTING IN THE ELEVATOR. YOU CAN’T SEE IT FROM HERE, THERE IS A BANNER HANGING.YOU CAN SEE IN THE BACK A BANNER HANGING ON THE WALLING OF THE ELEVATOR WITH THE SIGNATURES OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THIS MISSION. IT IS A REALLY IMPORTANT STEP TO HANG IT UP IN THERE SO BOB AND DOUG COULD SEE IT. >> WE SEE IT AND THE SIGNATURES OF PEOPLE WHO HAPPENED US THROUGH TRAINING, THROUGH FIT CHECKSES, THROUGH ALL THE MOMENTS AND GETTING READY FOR THE COMMISSION AND IT FEELS THEY ARE GOING ALONG WITH US ON THE RIDE. >> ABSOLUTELY. AS WE WAIT FOR THE CREW, WE WILL PAUSE TO HONOR TODAY’S EFFORTS WITHER NATIONAL ANTHEM. KELLY CLARKSON BLUE US AWAY WEDNESDAY AND HERE SHE IS — BLUE US AWAY WEDNESDAY AND HERE SHE IS AGAIN. OH, SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING.AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAGWAS STILL THERE. OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? >> I GOT GOOSE BUMPS HR-FRBING LISTENINGTO THAT. >> SHE WAS GOING. >> AMACESING.AMAZING. >> WE ARE WAITING FOR THE ASTRONAUTS TO WALK OUT OF THE NEIL ARMSTRONG OPERATIONS AND CHECK OUT BUILDING ANY MINUTE NOW.WE WILL BE READY TO CUT TO THAT SHOT JUST AS SOON AS WE GET THE WORD THEY ARE READY TO WALKS OUT THE DOORS. IT HAS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL START TO THE DAY O CAPE CANAVERAL. IT LOOKS IFFY GETTING INTO THE AFTERNOON LATER TO LAUNCH TIME WHICH IS 3:22 THIS AFTERNOON. >> IT BLOWS ME AWAY WHEN I VISIT FLORIDA, ONE HOUR IT IS A BEAUTIFUL, CLEAR, GORGEOUS DAY AND AN HOUR LATER IT IS A THUNDERSTORM. >> YOU SAID IT. WELCOME TO OUR WORLD.>> AN HOUR LATER BACKS TO CLEAR. >> YEAH. SIMILAR TO LAST ATEMPT. 15-20 MINUTES LATER IT WAS GOOD TO GO. >> IT HURT MY SOUL. WE HAVE THIS INSTANTANEOUS LAUNCH WINDOW. WE HAVE A SINGLE SECOND TO GET THIS OFF THE GROUND. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE JUST RIGHT AND THE CONDITIONS HAVE TO BE GREEN AT THIS MOMENT. >> MOTHER NATURE SHOWING SHE IS IN CHARGE. >> ABSOLUTELY. WE JUST HEARD WE ARE ABOUT LESS THAN 302NDS FROM SEEING THE CREW WORK — 30 SECONDS TO WATCH THE CREW WALK OUT THOSE DOORS AND WILL SHOW YOU THAT MOMENT LIVE.A LIVE LOOK AT THE WALK OUT DOORS. >> I THINK MY STS-129 PATCH IS STILL OVER TOP OF THE DOOR. A BUNCH OF PATCHES OVER THERE, UNLESS THEY HAVE REMOVED THEM AND PUT SPACE STATION PATCHES UP THERE. THIS IS A VERY SOLEMN MOMENT FOR WALKS OUT FROM A STORIED LEGACY. AND GETTING BACK TO U.S. ASTRONAUTS LAUNCHING FROM U.S.SOIL AND WALKING THROUGH THE DOORS AGAIN. INOCCURREDIBLE MOMENT IN THE — INCREDIBLE MOMENT IN THE ERA OF SPACE TRAVEL. >> BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS WHEN THEY WALKED OUT ON WEDNESDAY AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THOSE AGAIN. I WAS PERUSING THE DIFFERENT DIT NEWSPAPERS AND STORIES ON LINE — THE DOORS ARE OPENING. >> HERE THEY COME. >> THERE THEY ARE. NASA ASTRONAUTS — [CHEERING] >> BIG CHEERS. >> NASA ASTRONAUTS BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY, DOUG ON THE LEFT, BAB ON THE RIGHT. WAVE — BOB ON THE RIGHT. WAVING TO THE CROWD TO CHEER THEM ON. [CHEERING] THERE ARE THEIR FAMILIES RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. >> THE VIRTUAL HUGS. A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT. FIST BUMPS. >> ARE YOU GOING TO LISTEN TO MOMMY AND MAKE HER LIFE EASY? [LAUGHING] [CHEERING] >> BYE, GUYS. >> NOW THEY ARE GETTING INTO THE TESLA MODEL X TO TAKE THEM TO THE LAUNCHPAD. BEING STRAPPED INTO THEIR SEATS. THEIR SUIT TECHS ARE ATTACHING THEIR UMBILICALS. THESE ARE NOT JUST ANY TESLA YOU CAN BUY OFF THE WEB OR AT A TESLA DEALERSHIP.THEY HAVE BEEN OUT FITTED WITH COOLING UNITS AND THE WHITE UPBILLICAL SIMILAR TO THE SUIT ROOM IS CONNECTED TO THE SUITS TO PROVIDE COOLING AIR ON THE WAY TO THE PAD. AND THOSE FALCON WING DOORS ARE CLOSING. SUPER SLEEK. >> A RAPID DEPARTURE FROM THE ASTRO VAN. >> I WOULD SAY SO. >> THE FLIGHT TURGEON IS IN THE FRONT SEAT TAKING THE JOURNEY WITH THEM — FLIGHT SURGEON IS IN THE FRONT SEAT TAKING THE JOURNEY WITH THEM. >> THIS IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT, THE FAMILIES COMING TOGETHER, SUPPORTING THE FAMILY, WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO MAKE SURE THEY GET UP THERE SAFELY AND BACK HOME SAFELY FOR THEIR FAMILIES.>> I COULDN’T HEAR EVERYTHING THEY WERE SAYING, YOU BUT I DID CATCH BOB TELLING HIS SON TO BE GOOD FOR MOM AND MAKING HER LIFE EASY. AS A PARENT I APPRECIATE THAT. [LAUGHING] [CHEERING] >> AS WE WATCH THE CONVOY BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TO PAD 39A TO OUR SpaceX AND NASA FAMILY WHO MADE THIS MISSION A REALITY AND WORKED THIS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO THIS POINT, WE HAVE YOU HERE IN OUR THOUGHTS WISH EVERY ONE OF YOU COULD BE HERE TO SEE THIS UP CLOSE. BUT WE WANT YOU TO BE PART OF THIS JOURNEY REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU CALL HOME AND WHERE YOU ARE WATCHING FROM TODAY. FOR THE NEXT FEW MINUTES WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THE CONVOY, BUT HIGHLIGHT THOSE WHOSE WORDS AND HANDS AND THOUGHTS BUILD ALL THAT WE SEE HERE TODAY.WE HOPE ALL OF YOU WATCHING CAN FEEL THE PRIDE EACH OF THESE NASA AND SpaceX TEAM MEMBERS HAS FOR THIS DRIVE OUT TO THE PAD. >> WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS HISTORICAL DAY. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING A PART OF THE VERY FIRST MISSION FOR HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT COMMERCIAL HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT EVER. WE ARE BEHIND YOU BOB AND DOUG [CHEERING] >> CONGRATULATIONS TO SpaceX FOR HITTING ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE AND SAFE TRAVELS TO BOB AND DOUG. [CHEERING] >> BOB AND DOUG, WE HAVE A LOT OF LAUNCH VEHICLE TEAM HERE TO WISH YOU A WONDERFUL AND SAFE RIDE IN THE FALCON 9. WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR YOU. LAUNCH AMERICA, IT’S TIME TO LAUNCH. LET’S GO. [CHEERING] >> WE WANT TO WISH BOB AND DOUG A SAFE TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. GO DRAGON! [CHEERING] >> NINE YEARS IN THE MAKING.THIS IS SUCH A HISTORIC TIME AND OUR TEAM HAS WORKED SO HARD AND WE ARE VERY EXCITEED TO BE HERE. >> GO BOB AND DOUG! [CHEERING] >> GO BOB AND DOUG, GO NASA AND GO SpaceX [CHEERING] >> BOB AND DOUG, WISHING YOU A GREAT FLIGHT. WE WANT TO TELL YOU GOOD LUCK. [CHEERING] >> WE ALL WANT TO WISH BOB AND DOUG SAFE TRAVELS AND GOD SPEED. YOU ARE BOTH AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. LET’S GO OUT THERE AND LAUNCH AMERICA. LET’S DO IT, COME ON! [CHEERING] >> I LOVE SEEING THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE. I MEAN, WE SAW ALL THE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF FOLKS FROM NASA AND SpaceX FROM ALL DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE THAT HAVE COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. THAT WAS JUST A SMALL FRACTION OF THEM. LOOK AT THAT SHOT. THAT IS SO COOL. >> WOW. THUMBS UP FROM BOB.>> YEAH, YOU KNOW, IT TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF CREATIVITY TO GET THIS SHOT TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE A CHASE VEHICLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD THAT IS SHUT DOWN TO GET A CAMERA IN THERE AND FOLLOW THEM OUT. WE ARE REALLY THANKFUL TO KENNEDY SPACE PROTECTIVE FORCES FOR HELPING US MAKE THAT HAPPEN TO SEE BOB AND DOUG ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE LAUNCHPAD. >> MY RIDE OUT WAS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING IN THIS TESLA.WE HAD THE ASTRO VAN HAD BENCH SEATS ON EACH SIDE AND COULD LOOK ACROSS AT EACH OTHER AS DRIVING OUT. IT WAS, YOU KNOW, MOMENTS WHERE WE WOULD TELL JOKES BUT SOMETIMES JUST LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND HAD SUCH GRATITUDE FOR HAVING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LAUNCH INTO SPACE AND THINK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAD A HAND IN HELPING US GET IN THAT VEHICLE TO DRIVE OUT TO THE LAUNCHPAD, TO GET READY FOR THIS MOMENTOUS MOMENT.I THINK THAT IS PROBABLY, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE SITTING SIDE BY SIDE, I THINK THEY ARE PROBABLY THINKING OF THE GRATITUDE AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HELPED THEM GET HERE SO THEY CAN BE ON THE POINTY END OF THE ROCKET TO GET A CHANCE TO GO UP TO SPACE. IT’S JUST A MOMENTOUS MOMENT. >> THEY ARE LISTENING TO TUNES TOO I HEARD, RIGHT? >> YEAH, YEAH. AT LEAST THREE SONGS ON THEIR PLAY LIST THAT ARE SUPER INTERESTING. THE FIRST IS ACDC BACK IN BLACK. YOU KNOW THAT ONE. >> WHO DOESN’T? >> THE OTHER IS THE ELEVATOR MUSIC FROM THE BLUES BROTHERS FILM THE GIRL FROM IPANENA. AND, OF COURSE, THEY ARE LISTENING TO THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER THE ARMY FRENCH HORNS VERSION. >> WE DIDN’T HAVE TUNES IN THE ASTRO VAN. >> NO? >> I KNOW THE TESLA HAS A REALLY KICKING STEREO SYSTEM. >> I HAVEN’T BEEN IN THIS TES TESLABUT I’M SURE IT IS PRETTY . >> FOR SOME PERSPECTIVE, YOU KNOW, THEY LEFT THE OPERATIONS AND CHECK OUT BUILDING A MINUTE AGO.IT’S ABOUT A 9-MILE DRIVE FROM THERE TO THE LAUNCHPAD. IT TAKES AROUND 20 MINUTES AND DEPENDS ON HOW QUICKLY THEY ARE TRUCKING. >> THE OTHER THING YOU HEAR AS YOU ARE IN THE CONVOY IS THE HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD. YOU THINK MILITARY, YOU ARE THINKING REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS AND IT IS A MOMENT THAT ALSO SOLIDIFIES IN YOU SOMETHING BIG IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. .THAT WHOO, WHOO, WHOO OF THE HUEY IS IN YOUR HEAD AND YOU THINK OF THE PEOPLE HELPING YOU GET THERE.>> I WAS TALKING AND I THINK I HOPE THAT’S WHAT I THINK IT IS. >> IT WAS PRETTY LOW, PRETTY LOUD. >> YOU COULD FEEL IT. >> I COULD. I COULD FEEL IT. >> I TOOK THIS DRIVE YESTERDAY IN MY RENTAL CAR. IT WASN’T IN A MODEL X AND I’M NOT AN ASTRONAUT. DRIVING TO 39A AND IMAGINE MYSELF IN THAT HEAD SPACE, IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME. I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET ON FALCON 9. >> WE ARE ALL ASTRONAUTS. YOU JUST HAVE TO GET ON THE ROCKET. >> THERE IS A BIG GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT WANT YOU THERE. >> I THINK WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM. [LAUGHING] >> I’M ALL FOR IT.WE SHOULD MAKE THAT A POLL QUESTION. >> WE SHOULD ALL MAYBE GO TO SPACE. >> I AM ON BOARD. NOT LITERALLY RIGHT NOW. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO BE ON BOARD. >> WOULD YOU GO WITH US? >> ABSOLUTELY. >> OKAY. POLL QUESTION. >> WE HAVE SO MANY WATCHING ON-LINE, SENDING WELL WISHES TO BOB AND DOUG. IT STARTED EARLY THIS WEEK AS WE WERE RAMPING UP FOR WEDNESDAY AND I FEEL IT HAS BEEN THIS BUILD UP OF MOMENTUM BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE WERE FOLLOWING ALONG WEDNESDAY AND NOW WE ARE ALL FOLLOWING ALONG SATURDAY AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WATCHING FROM HOME THAT HOPEFULLY DON’T HAVE TO WORK TODAY AND CAN REALLY TUNE IN TO WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.>> AND WE, YOU KNOW, AS ASTRONAUTS TRULY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT, ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA FEET FEEDS AND THINK ABOUK ABOUT OUR FAMILIES. WE SAW MEGHAN AND KAREN WITH THEIR SONS WISHING DOUG AND BOB ABOUT WELL WISHES AND GOD SPEED AS THEY HEAD OFF IN THE TESLAS TO 39A THAT LAUNCHED THE APOLLO ASTRONAUTS. IT IS JUST ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS WHERE EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY IS COMING TOGETHER TO WISH THEM WELL TO GET THEM TO SPACE SAFELY.IT’S A REALLY GREAT DAY. >> THEY ARE JUST NOW ON SATURN CAUSEWAY AND MADE THE RIGHT TURN ON SATURN CAUSEWAY. THAT IS THE OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT BUILDING TWO AND ON THE LEFT IS OUT OF VIEW RIGHT NOW, THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING THAT PROCESSED THE SPACE SHUTTLE AND SATURN 5 ROCKETS. >> WHERE THE MOBILE TRANSPORTER USED TO TAKE OU THE APOLLO ROCKETS. >> IF WE WERE TO RUN OUTSIDE, WE COULD WAVE. WE ARE OFF TO THE RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN AT THE PRESS SITE WHERE YOU SEE A GROUP OF MEDIA THERE. THEY STILL HAVE ABOUT 3 MILES TO GO FROM HERE. >> I’LL SEE YOU GUYS LATER. I’LL BE BACK IN A MINUTE. >> GOING TO GO HOP IN? AND IT’S NOT JUST BOB AND DOUG’S TESLA. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CARS IN THE CONVOY PROTECTIVE SPACE FORCES AND SpaceX SECURITY AND SPACE SURGEON WITH THEM. WE HAVE SEEN A SPRINKLE OF FOLKS ALONG THE WAY. NORMALLY WE WOULD HAVE A WHOLE LOT PEOPLE OUT HERE WATCHING THIS.WE APPRECIATE YOU WATCHING ON-LINE AND FROM HOPE. WHEREVER YOU ARE. AT THE BEACH. WATCHING ON YOUR PHONE, TABLET AND WE’LL WATCH IT AND TAKE YOU THROUGH IT MOMENT BY MOMENT. THERE IS THE WORM. >> THE SECOND PLACE WORM. >> LEYLAND WHEN I DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD ON THE WAY TO 39A ON THE LEFT THERE IS THAT AREA WHERE THE CRAWLER USED TO DRIVE.COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CRAWLER? >> RIGHT THERE YOU CAN SEE THE KIND OF THE GRAVEL WHERE THE CRAWLER ACTUALLY CRUSHES THE GRAVEL INTO ALMOST SAND IT IS SO HEAVY. THE APOLLO 5, SATURN 5 ROCKET WOULD GO OUT AND THIS THING MOVES AT A GLACIAL RATE TO GET OUT THERE. IT HAS A HUGE ROCKET OR SHUTTLE ON IT. AND I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THAT WHEN MY SHUTTLE WENT OUT AND IT WAS AN ENORMOUS TRACKS AND VEHICLE. YOU GUYS DO IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY. YOU DON’T GO OUT OF THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING, YOU HAVE YOUR OWN.>> WE HAVE A HANGAR ON THE PAD WHERE WE ROLL IT UP THE HILL. >> LIKE A SOYUZ WHERE YOU RAISE IT FROM HORIZONTAL TO VERTICAL. >> AND WE DON’T NEED A LARGE BUILDING. WHEN YOU PIN INTO THE PAD AT THE TOP OF THE HILL YOU RAISE IT VERTICAL WITH THE TRANSPORTER ERECTOR. >> ALL THE EFFICIENCIES CAN GET PEOPLE TO SPACE FASTER AND SAFER. THIS WILL BE THE FUTURE OF SPACE TRAVEL. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NASA AND SpaceX WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO GET PEOPLE UP. >> AT THIS POINT THE CONVOY IS APPROACHING PAD 39A. THEY ARE ENTERING WHAT IS THE BDA OR BLAST DANGER AREA. BEFORE ANY PAD TECHNICIANS, ENGINEERS OR ASTRONAUTS ENTERTHAT AREA AROUND THE LAUNCHPAD THE SpaceX AND NASA TEAM DOS AN INTERNAL GO-NO GO POLL TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CLEAR.>> THIS STORIED LAUNCHPAD THE BEGINNING FOR SO MANY FIRSTS IS THE PERFECT BACK DROP FOR A NEW ERA IN HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. >> HERE IS A VIEW FROM THE GANTRY NEAR THE LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A. ANOTHER VIEW OF THE CONVOY GOING BY HERE. TO COUNT UP ALL THE CAMERAS WE HAVE I WILL BE HERE ALL DAY. >> TH IS A BEAUTIFUL SHOT LOOKING AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND MERITT ISLAND AROUND US AND LAUNCH THE ROCKETS OFF TO SPACE SAFELY. >> THIS IS A NATIONAL WILD LIFE RETPAOUPBLG. REFUGE. I PASS TURTLES ON THE WAY TO THE CAR.>> WE WOULD HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES AND ALLIGATORS. >> WE HAD ONE THAT LIVED AT 39A. AN ALLIGATOR. >> TWEET AT US IF YOU SEE ANY. >> DID YOU NAME HIM WORM? >> OOH. >> AHEAD OF MY TIME. >> I DON’T KNOW HOW AN ALLIGATOR WOULD FEEL BEING CALLED WORM. >> YEAH, WELL. [LAUGHING] >> W HAVE A TON YOU FOLLOWING ALONG O SOCIAL MEDIA. ANOTHER COMMENT: GOD SPEED AND GOOD LUCK ASTRO-BEHNKEN AND ASTRO-DOUG. YOU SEE THE SpaceX HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION FACILITY. WE SAW THE FRONT FROM THE OTHER ANGLE. I’M ARE SOY, THERE IT IS. I WAS — I’M SORRY, THERE IT IS. I GOT MY BUILDINGS MIXED UP. >> THE OTHER ASSEMBLING WHERE OUR OFFICES ARE.>> THANK YOU FOR THE CORRECTION. >> THERE IS THE HANGAR. THERE ARE BOOSTERS IN THE HANGAR AND THE ROCKET AND DRAGON ON THE PAD RIGHT NOW PUT TOGETHER OR FINALLY INTEGRATED INSIDE THE HANGAR AND ROLLED OUT TO THE PAD TO GO UP VOTERICAL. >> THERE — VERTICLE. >> THERE IT IS. THE SHOT GIVES YOU THE SCALE OF THE FALCON 9 ROCKET. THE TESLAS LOOK TINY. WE WILL THROW IT OVER TO HAWTHORNE WHERE JESSY AND DAN ARE WATCHING THE ACTION. >> THANK YOU, MARIE. REALLY COOL WATCHING THE TESLAS PULL UP, DRIVING ON THE LAUNCHPAD JUST A FEW FEET AWAY FROM THE VEHICLES. GETTING REALLY EXCITED OVER HERE. AND WITH US LOOKING AT THE LAUNCHPAD RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HAD TO DO A NUMBER OF UPGRADES NOT ONLY TO THE LAUNCHPAD, BUT SpaceX MADE CHANGES TO FALCON STKPHAO*EUPB DRAGON TO ENABLE — FALCON 9 AND DRAGON.IT IS THE HIGHLY RELIABLE LAUNCH SYSTEM CARRYING CREW TO SAFETY AT ANY POINTURE TKAOING THE ASCENT OF THE ROCKET. >> ANOTHER KEY UPGRADE IS THE DRAGON’S NEW LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM. FLYING HUMANS KEEPING A HABITABLE ENVIRONMENT THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT AND PROVIDING BREATHING AIR, KEEPING THE CAPSULE AT A SAFE PRESSURE AND FREE OF CONTAMINANTS AND REMOVING CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE AIR AND REGULATES TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY AND THE WASTE COLLECTION SYSTEM, A.K.A. IS THE TOILET. >> THAT SOUNDS IMPORTANT. IT WAS SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL FOR HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. THEY HAD TO PROVE A HIGH DEGREE OF FAULT TOLERANCE MEANING SMALL FAILURES WOULD NOT LEAD TO MISSION FAILURE. IT WAS ALREADY ABLE TO HANDLE ENGINE FAILURE BUT NEW EMPHASIS ON ANY FAILURE THROUGHOUT THE PHASE OF LAUNCH WOULD NOT MEAN MISSION FAILURE. >> WITH THE ASTRONAUTS ON LOCATION AT PAD 39A WE SWING IT RIGHT BACK. TAKES US THROUGH THE CREW MAKING FINAL STEPS TOWARD THE DRAGON SPACECRAFT. >> SURE THING. WE ARE LOOKING AGAIN AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A. JUST A FEW SECONDS AGO WE SAW THE TESLA CARRYING BOB AND DOUG PULL UP TO THE LAUNCHPAD.THIS IS A SITE OF SO MUCH HISTORY WITH PARKSOLO AND SATURN 5 ROCKETS TOOK ASTRONAUTS FROM. THIS PAD HAS SO MUCH HISTORY. YOU LAUNCHED FROM THERE, LEYLAND. WHAT IS IT LIKE SEEING FALCON 9 AND DRAGON WITH THE PAD AND CHANGES MADE. WHAT EMOTIONS DOES IT STIR UP IN YOU? >> WHEN WE GOT OUT OF OUR ASTRO VAN WE LOOKED UP TO SEE THIS VEHICLE AND IT WAS CREEKING AND GROANING AND MAKING — CREEKINGG AND GROANING AND YOU TAKE A PICTURE SOMETIMES AND YOU STAND THERE AND LOOK THERE AND THINK ABOUT THE TRAINING YOU HAVE DONE AND THE PREPARATION AND AGAIN, ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HELPED YOU GET THERE. IT’S JUST A SOLEMN AMAZING MOMENT FOR ALL OF US. >> THERE IS ANOTHER AMAZING DRONE SHOT. YOU EXPLAINED THIS EARLIER ABOUT HOW SpaceX BRINGS THE ROCKET AND CAPSULE VERTICAL. CAN YOU EXPLAIN IT AGAIN FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT IN. >> OF COURSE. DRAGON IS PROCESSED A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD AT AREA 59 OR DRAGON LAND AS WE CALL IT.WE PUT IT ON A TRUCK AND DRIVE IT TO THE HANGAR WHERE THE ROCKET IS. AND SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS WE WILL THEN BREAK, WE CALL IT BREAK OVER, WHERE THE VEHICLE IS VERTICAL AND TURN IT SIDE WAYS BECAUSE IT BEING PROCESSED HORIZONTAL AND LIFT IT AND ROLL UP THE HANGAR DOORS AND ESSENTIALLY PULL THE VEHICLE IN THE TRANSPORTER ERECTOR, THE BIG WHITE TRUSSED STRUCTURE YOU SEE THERE. ALL THE FLUID LINE, ELECTRICAL LINES ARE CONNECTED TO THE VEHICLES VIA TE, TRANSPORTER ERECTOR AND ROLL IT UP THE RAILS. YOU CAN’T REALLY SEE THEM. THE RAILS ROLL THE ENTIRE TE ROCKET DRAGON ASSEMBLY TO THE TOP FROM THE PAD & THEN ROLL IT UP VERTICAL. >> WE ARE ABOUT T-MINUS 2:57:49 TO GO. WE WILL HEAR A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT THEY ARE AT THE PAD.WE SAW THE TESLAS PULL UP. THEY HAVE GOTERN OUT OF THE CAR AND — GOTTEN OUT OF THE CAR AND TO THE ELEVATOR THAT WILL CARRY THEM UP TO THE 255-FOOT LEVEL AND HAVE A COUPLE STEPS TO GET UP TO THE LEVEL WHERE THE CREW ACCESS ARM IS. >> I HAVE THE AC/DC SONG IN MY HEAD AS THEY WERE WALKING UP TO. >> I WAS JAMMING OUT TO Z Z-TOP’S SHARP DRESSED MAN. >> THERE THEY ARE TAKING IN THE SIGHT. CRANING TO SEE THE TOP OF THE FALCON 9 ROCKET. IT IS 230 FEET TALL IF YOU ROUNDUP. THE CREW DRAGON IS ANOTHER 27 FEET FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE TRUNK TO THE TOP OF THE NOSE CONE. WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE IN PERSON, IT IS REALLY HARD TO DESCRIBE JUST HOW LARGE IT IS. >> LOOK AT THEM GETTING EXCITED. THEY ARE READY TO GET IN THE VEHICLE AND GET IN THE ELEVATOR AND MAKE IT TO THE TOP. PICKING UP FOREIGN OBJECT DEBRIS. >> APPRECIATE THAT. >> WEARING FOD COVERS ON THEIR SHOES BY THE WAY. DON’T WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY TRACK OUTSIDE INSIDE THE DRAGON.THEY WILL REMOVE THE COVERS OFF THEIR BOOTS OBSERVE THEY ENTER. >> YOU TAKES FOR GRANTED ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS LIKE THAT. ALL THE THOUGHT AND PREPARATION THAT HAS TO GO INTO LITERALLY EVERY PIECE OF THIS OPERATION. >> I LOVE THE MAKE OVER OF PAD 39A WITH THE SLEEK BLACK WITH THE WHITE TICKING AND THE LINES. IT IS A VERY FUTURISTIC LOOK FOR THIS ICONIC LAUNCHPAD. YOU THINK WHAT HAS BEEN THERE BEFORE AND NOW THE SpaceX CREW DRAGON GETTING READY TO LAUNCH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.ROCKET FUEL STILL GOING THROUGH MY VEINS. >> THERE THEY ARE. A REALLY FAST ELEVATOR. >> YEAH. >> IT JUST TOOK THEM UP 255 FEET IN A MATTER OF SECONDS. >> THEY ARE REMOVING THEIR FOD COVERS? >> CHECKING SOMETHING ON HIS BOOT OR LEG. >> WE SHOULD HEAR A CALL ANY MOMENT THE CREW HAS ARRIVED AT THE PAD AND ARE HEADED TO THE CREW ACCESS ARM NOW. THERE IS THE WORM AGAIN. POPPING. >> YOU KNOW IT. >> MEATBALL. [LAUGHING] >> DON’T WORRY THERE IS A MEATBALL ON CREW DRAGON. >> THE WHITE A YOU SEE ARE ESSENTIALLY ELIMINATING THE WAY — ILLUMINATING ANYONE UP THERE TO FIND THE ESCAPE BASKET IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY THAT WOULD REQUIRE THEM TO GET FAR AWAY FROM THE ROCKET AND PAD. >> THERE IS A PHONE HERE AND I CAN’T TELL IF IT IS BOB OR DOUG USING THE PHONE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT? THE SAME PHONE DURING THE SHUTTLE DAYS.>> YOU GET A CHANCE TO TALK TO FRIENDS OR FAMILY IF THEY COULDN’T COME TO THE LAUNCH. IN THIS CASE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE. JUST TO HAVE THE LAST MOMENT TO TALK TO SOMEONE BEFORE YOU GET IN THE VEHICLE. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL VIEW. >> AND WE ARE WATCHING THE CREW. WHEN THEY ARE DONE USING THE PHONE THEY WILL MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE CREW ACCESS ARM. COMING UP AT T-MINUS 2:35 THE ASTRONAUTS WILL INGRESS, A WARDD WE USE TO DESCRIBE CLIMBING INTO DRAGON. THE TIME COULD BE FLEXIBLE. IT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SUIT TECHS AND THEY WILL GET STRAPPED INTO THEIR SEATS. SO WITH THAT COMING UP WE’LL HEAD OVER TO HAWTHORNE FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THE FUTURE IN SPACE TRAVEL.JESSIE? >> THANK, MARIE. SHORTLY AFTER WE BEGIN TO REGULARLY FLY NASA ASTRONAUTS TO AND FROM THE SPACE STATION, SpaceX WILL FLY PRIVATE PASSENGERS TO STATION AND BEYOND. >> NASA IS ENABELING TWO PRIVATE ASTRONAUT MISSIONS TO VISIT THE STATION EACH YEAR. IT IS ONE OF THE MANY WAYS NASA IS WORKING TO OPEN ACSTOWS OUT I SPACE FOR COMPANIES TO PH-FRBER PRODUCTS IN — MANUFACTURE PRODUCTS IN MICRO GRAVITY AND TO ENABLE MORE PEOPLE TO EXPHRO*ER EXMORE THESTARS FIRSTHAND. >> AND THE CLOSER WE BECOME TO BE A MULTI-PLANETARY SPECIES. LET’S TAKES A PEEK INSIDE THE SPACECRAFT ITSELF. [NO AUDIO] >> TO KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO DO AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT IN TIME. >> WHEN I THINK ABOUT COMFORT FOR THE ASTRONAUTS IT IS EVERY ASPECT OF HOW YOU COULD INTERACT WITH THE SPACE SHIP THAT COMES TO MIND. WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT SEATSIZES ASK MOLD THE FOAM AROD THE ASTRONAUT’S BODY SO THERE ARE NO PRESSURE POINTS AND IT IS A NICE JOURNEY TO SPACE. IT’S ABOUT SAFETY AND RELIABILITIES. WE DESIGNED IT SO ANY TWO THINGS COULD FAIL.I COULD LOSE A FLIGHT COMPUTER AND THRUSTER AND STILL BRING THE CREW HOME SAFELY. WE ADDED A LAUNCH SYSTEM. IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG THEY CAN GET AWAY FROM FALCON AND GET PICKED UP SAFELY. I HAVE WORKED ON DRAGON SINCE 2012. WHEN I SEE DRAGON LIFTOFF I WILL FEEL A BUILD UP OF EMOTION OF EIGHT YEARS OF WORKING WITH SOME OF THE BEST ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT PUT THEIR HEART AND MIND INTO MAKING THIS INCREDIBLE MOMENT HAPPEN FOR EVERYBODY. >> ALL RIGHT. THAT WAS A DETAILED LOOK INSIDE DRAGON. HERE IS A LIVE LOOK AT THE TWO ASTRONAUTS ABOUT TO GET IN. YOU ARE WATCHING DEMONSTRATION MISSION 2 OR DEMO-2. THEY WILL SEND AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS FROM U.S. SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS. THEY ARE JUST ABOUT READY FOR THEIR RIDE UP TO SPACE. >> YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE ALREADY ARRIVED AT PAD 39A, WHERE FALCON 9 WILL LIFTOFF FROM AT 3:22:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME TODAY. THEY HAVE ASCENTED THE TALL STRUCTURE TODAY NEXT TO THE ROCKSET AND CALLED THE FIXED SERVICE STRUCTURE AND HAVE WALKED DOWN THE CORRIDOR, THE CREW ARM, WHAT THEY ARE STANDING IN NOW.>> AS THEY PREPARE TO BOARD DRAGON, THEY HAVE THE ONE FINAL STOP AND THAT IS THE WHITE ROOM. THE WHITE ROOM IS LITERALLY A ROOM AT THE END OF THE CREW ARM THAT HAS AN OPENING INTO DRAGON. IT IS THE LAST PLACE ON PLANET EARTH BOB AND DOUG WILL STAND BEFORE THEY STEP INTO DRAGON FOR THEIR RIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> THE TERM WRITE ROOM WAS USED DURING THE GEMINI MISSION WHEN THE ROOM WAS PAINTED WHITE. WE HAVE CONTINUED THE TRADITION PAINTING OURS WHITE AS WELL. THEY STARTED A NEW TRADITION SIGNING THE WALL IN THE WHITE ROOM. OODLE A FAIRLY SMALL — IT’S A FAIRLY SMALL AREA WITH ROOM FOR THE CREW AND A FEW GROUND SUPPORT MEMBERS. AND CREW INGRESS AT T-MINUS 2:35 COMING UP SHORTLY. INGRESS IS HOW WE REFER TO THE CREW BOARDING DRAGON.>> INSIDE THE WHITE ROOM IS A MOVABLE PLATFORM THAT IS EXTENDED OUT TO THE CAPSULE TO MAKE THE BOARDING PROCESS FOR THE CREW TO CLIMB INTO DRAGON. IT IS ENVIRONMENTALLY CONTROLLED. YOU CAN SEE A BIG SEAL AGAINST THE SIDE HATCH. THAT IS DONE SO DRAGON CAN BE OPEN WHILE KEEPING ALL THE DUST, DIRT AND FLORIDA HUMIDITY OUT OF THE CAPSULE MAKING SURE IT IS PRISTINE FOR THE CREW.IT WILL STAY IN PLACE UNTIL THEY RETRACT IT AND GET THE ARM TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AND THE HATCH WILL BE CLOSED. >> THE WHITE ROOM HAS LOTS OF TOOLS IN ORDER TO OPEN THE SIDE HATCH, COMPLETE CREW INGRESS AND PREPARE FOR ANY CONTINGEIENCY OR EMERGENCY ENCOUNTERED. >> THEY ARE IN THE WHITE ROOM AND GETTING A FINAL BRIEFING. YOU CAN SEE THEM WITH PAD TECHNICIANS. EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM HAS A SPECIFIC JOB. SOME ARE SUIT SPECIALISTS TO HELP THEM GET BOB AND DOUG CONNECT TO THE SEATS AND OTHERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CLOSING THE HATCH. AND WE ALSO TYPICALLY HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THERE TO CAPTURE THESE MOMENTS AS THE CREW GETS READY. RIGHT NOW WE ARE WATCHING AND WE CAN SEE THEM START TO LINEUP THERE. WE’LL SEE BOB OR DOUG HURLEY GO IN FIRST. HE WILL BE THE FIRST THROUGH THE CAPSULE AND BE INGRESSING. THAT’S OUR TERM FOR ENTER. YOU WILL HEAR THESE TERMS AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY UP TO ORBIT, INGRESS GETTING IN, EGRESS GETTING OUT.THEY ARE DOING THE FINAL FOD CHECKS, MAKING SURE THE CREW DON’T HAVE FOREIGN OBJECTS DEBRIS, DUST, DIRT OR ANYTHING THAT CAN INTERFERE WITH THE SYSTEMS ON DRAGON BEFORE THEY GET IN. >> AS MENTIONED EARLIER, THEY DO HAVE STUFF ON THEIR SUITS TO PROTECT FROM FOD. AND THEY HAVE FOD COVERS ON THEIR BOOTS AS WELL AS ON THEIR UMBILICAL PORT ON THEIR SUITS AND NEEDS TO BE REMOVED BEFORE THEY CAN INGRESS. LISTENING AND HEARING UPDATES LIVE. ONCE THE FOD CHECK IS COMPLETE, THEY CAN ENTER, WHICH IS HAPPENING LIVE ON YOUR SCREEN RIGHT NOW. AND AS THEY CLIMB INTO DRAGON, THEY WILL BUCKLE THEMSELVES IN AND ATTACH THEIR UMBILICALS TO THEIR SUITS. THE SUIT TECHS ARE THERE TO HELP THEM GET BUCKLED AND SETTLED INTO THE SEATS.AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE BROADCAST THE SUIT’S PRIMARY FUNCTION IS TO PROTECT THE CREW IN EVENT OF A CABIN DEPRESSURIZATION. IT KEEPS THEN COOL AND DELIVERS NITROX IN CASE THERE IS A SUIT DEPRESSURIZATION. >> AS WE GO THROUGH THIS, WE SAW DOUG HURLEY GO IN FIRST, THE COMMANDER FOR THE MISSION. HE IS CLOSEST AND BOB BEHNKEN IS NTO HIM. THEY WIL GET ASSISTANCE FROM THE SUIT TEXAS. THERE ARE FOUR SEATS AND NUMBERED 1-4 LOOKING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE SUIT TEXAS IN THE HATCH FROM RIGHT TO LEFT. DOUG HURLEY IS IN SEAT 2, THE COMMANDER SEAT AND BOB BEHNKEN IS IN SEAT 3 FOR CREW DRAGON IS THE PILOT SEAT.WE DON’T HAVE ANYBODY IN SEATS . CREW DRAGON IS DESIGNED TO CARRY FOUR ASTRONAUTS ON FUTURE MISSIONS AND WE’LL SEE THAT ON CREW 1 WITH 3 NASA ASTRONAUTS AND ONE FROM OUR PARTNER AGENCY. ONCE THEIR SEATS GET ROTATED THE THREE DISPLAYS THAT THEY WILL USE THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT. THAT GIVES THEM INSIGHT INTO ALL OF DRAGON’S SYSTEMS AND AYOU LOS THEM TO TAKE — ALLOWS THEM TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND MANUALLY FLY IT HOPEFULLY WE ONLY SEE TWICE. DRAGON IS AUTONOMOUS BUT THEY CAN TAKE OVER IF THEY NEED TO.>> THE SEATS ROTATE BACK FOR LAUNCH POSITION TO EASILY ACCESS THE DISPLAYS. COMING UP NEXT THE CREW WILL DO A COMCHECK WHEN THEY ARE ALL SETTLED IN. THAT’S SO THEY HAVE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN HEAR MISSION CONTROL AND AFTER THAT THEIR SEATS WILL BE ROTATED INTO POSITION. LET’S CHECK WITH JOHN FOR THE LATEST ON THE HEALTH OF BOTH VEHICLES. WHAT IS THE STATUS UPDATE TODAY? >> WE TISSUE-MINUS 2:43 AND COUNTS DOWN FOR THE LAUNCH OF FALCON 9 WITH DRAGON TO THE SPACE STATION.THEY HAVE ARRIVED AT THE PAD AND GOT THERE SHORTLY AFTER T-MINUS 4 HOURS. OPENED THE SIDE HATCH ON DRAGON AND GOT READY FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE ASTRONAUTS. WE SAW THE CREW COME UP THE ELEVATORS, WALK OVER AND ENTERDRAGON. AND THEY ARE NOW GETTING SITUATED INSIDE THE CAPSULE. THE FLIGHT TEAM IS MONITORING DATA FROM DRAGON AND THEY HAD COMPLETED A COMMAND AND TELEEM TREE CHECK OF THE RADIO FREQUENCY AND THE TRACKING AND DATA RELAY NETWORK.THERE ARE NO ISSUES. WE WATCH THEM GETTING SITUATED IN THEIR SEATS IN THE DRAGON SPACECRAFT. THE FALCON 9 TEAM IS PREPARING FOR FINAL CHECK OUTS AND PROPELLANT LOAD. TELL BEGIN AT 2-MINUS TWO HOURS WHEN THE LAUNCH CREW OFFICIALLY GETS ON THE FIRING ARMAMENT ALL SYSTEMS ON FALCON 9 ARE CURRENTLY GO. THE RANGE CONTINUES TO BE GREEN ON THE SUPPORT SIDE. THE AREA AROUND THE PAD OBVIOUSLY CLEAR EXCEPT FOR THE FOLKS DOING THE ENTRY INTO THE CAPSULE. AIR AND SEA SPACE ARE CHLOR CLEAR AND WE HEAR A HELICOPTER TPR* TIME TO TIME. THE BIG CONCERN IS THE WEATHER FORECAST. WE ARE CONTINUING RIGHT NOW AT A 50% PROBABILITY OF VIOLATION. THE BIG CONCERNS ARE THICK CLOUD, PRECIPITATION, POSSIBILITY OF LIGHTNING.I MENTIONED EARLIER NORMALLY YOU GET A STRONG SEA BREEZE FROM THE OCEAN THAT PUSHES INLAND AND KEEPS THE CLOUDS FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA FROM BUILDING UP. TODAY THE SEA BREEZE IS FAIRLY WEAK AND WE EXPECT THE THUNDERSTORMS WILL GET CLOSER TO LAUNCHPAD. WE ARE CHECKING DOWN RANGE CONDITIONS. IF THERE IS A CONTINGEIENCY SPLASH DOWN OF DRAGON WE ARE LOOKING AT ESSENTIALLY THE WAVE HEIGHTS, LIGHTNING, RAIN ALONG THE TRAJECTORY. RIGHT NOW IT IS MARGINAL, BUT IT IS STILL GO.WE EXPECT THAT TO IMPROVE DURING THE DAY. FINGERS CROSS THE DOWN RANGE WEATHER LOOKS GOOD. RIGHT NOW AT T-MINUS 2:41 THE CLOCKS CONTINUES TO COUNTDOWN, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GOING FOR LAUNCH. >> THANK YOU, JOHN. AS WE WATCH BOB AND DOUG GET BUCKLED IN I’M JOINED BY JESSICA JENSEN. WALKS THROUGH EVERYBODY WHAT MADE DRAGON A 21st CENTURY SPACECRAFT. THANK YOU FOR COMING IN TODAY. I KNOW YOU HAVE TO COME IN FOR A LAUNCH. THAT’S ALWAYS TOUGH. >> OF COURSE. >> WALKS THROUGH DRAGON’S LIFE HISTORY. WE HAVE ONE IN A CLEAN ROOM BEHIND US. HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY TO HAVE BOB AND DOUG CLIMBING INTO THE SPACECRAFT. >> SURE. SpaceX WAS FOUNDED TO MAKE LIFE INTER-PLAN TERRY. WE WERE A SMALL COMPANY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. WE HAD TO LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO HEY, HOW DO YOU GO FROM BEING A SMALL COMPANY TO PUTTING PEOPLE INTO ORBIT? WHEN NASA CAME OUT WITH THE NEED TO FLY CARGO TO AND FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, WE JUMPED ONT. WE SAID HEY, FIRST NOT ONLY IS CARRYING CARGO TWO AND FROM THE SPACE STATION COOL, I BET WE COULD FLY PEOPLE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.HEY, FOR EIGHT YEARS NOW WE HAVE BEEN FLYING CARGO AND THEN NOW WE HAVE TRANSITIONED TO FLYING CREW AND CARGO TOGETHER. THAT IS BASICALLY THE EVOLUTION OF DRAGON AND IT’S BEEN AWESOME. >> I KNOW WHEN WE SEE FALCON 9 WE GET TO TALKS ABOUT REUSABILITY AND EVERYBODY IS FAMILIAR WITH THE FIRST STAGE COMING DOWN AND HOW COOL THAT LOOKS. DRAGON IS DESIGNED WITH REUSABILITY. YOU HAVE FLOWN DRAGON MULTIPLE TIMES TO THE SPACE STATION. HOW DOES REUSABILITY FACTOR IN? >> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BOTH. ONE THING I THINK EVERYONE THINKS ABOUT REUSE ABLTS AND IT SAVES MONEY OR THAT’S GREAT. BUT IT ACTUALLY IMPROVES RELIABILITY. WHEN WE GET FALCON BACK AND DRAGON BACK EITHER AFTER ONE MISSION OR MULTIPLE, WE CAN DO ALL THE DETAILS INSPECTIONS ON THEM.THAT’S SUPER IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN YOU FLY A VEHICLE YOU CAN ONLY HAVE SO MANY SENSORS ON IT. YOU CAN’T PUT A SENSOR EVERY INCH OF A ROCKET OR SPACECRAFT. >> AND ALREADY WAY MORE THAN ANYBODY REALIZES. >> EXACTLY. FOR ROCKETS THAT WIND UP IN THE OCEAN, SOME DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THEY ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH. THE FACT WE GET ALL THE HARDWARE BACK AND WERE ABLE TO INSPECT LITERALLY EVERY SQUARE INCH OF IT AND MAKE SMALL DESIGN CHANGES THAT IMPROVE RELIABILITY FOR THE WHOLE FLEET. EVEN THOUGH BOB AND DOUG ARE ON A BRAND NEW ROCKET AND A BRAND NEW SPACECRAFT, THOSE SPACECRAFT ARE MORE RELIABILITY BASED ON THE KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE LEARNED FROM REUSABILITY. >> WE HAVE WALKED PEOPLE THROUGH A LOT OF THE NEW SYSTEMS ON DRAGON. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COOL THINGS THAT ARE BENEATH THE SURFACE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT WITH DRAGON.>> ONE OF THE COOL THING IS THE AUTONOMOUS DOCKING SYSTEM. WHAT THAT IS, WE HAVE YOU KNOW, GPS SENSORS ON DRAGON AND HAVE CAMERAS AND IMAGING SENSORS LIKE ON THE NOSE CONE OR FRONT PART AS IT IS APPROACHING THE SPACE STATION. ALL THE SENSORS ARE FEEDING TKATSA BACK TO THE FLIGHTS COMPUTER TO SAY HOW FAR AM I AWAY IN WHAT IS MY RELATIVE VELOCITY TO THE SPACE STATION AND FEEDS INTO THE FLIGHT COMPUTER TO SAY BASED HOW FAR YOU ARE AND RATE, HERE IS HOW YOU FIRE THE THRUSTERS TO GET TO THE DOCKING TARGETMENT I THINK THAT IS SUPER — TARGET. I THINK THAT’S COOL.>> WE ARE WAITING FOR OUR CARS TO DRIVE THEMSELVES TO WORK AND FOR BOB AND DOUG THAT’S WHAT IT IS DOING. >> EXACTLY. THE COMPUTER DOES IT FLAWLESSLY. WHEN I TRIED I FAILED MISERABLE. I TRIED TO DOCK DRAGON THREE TIMES AND I FAILED. THREE TIMES I GOT IT. ON OUR WEBSITE WE HAVE A DRAGON ISS SIMULATOR SO YOU CAN TRY YOURSELF AND MAYBE I’M A BAD DRIVER BUT IT DID DOES A GREAT JOB. >> THEY ARE GOING TO START UP THE COM CHECKS WITH BOB AND DOUG. >> CAN HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. >> LOUD AND CLEAR. >> UMBELICAL COM-CHECK COMPLETE. AGAIN WE ARE JUST LISTENING IN. THEY ARE DOING COM-CHECK, COMMUNICATION CHECKS. BOB AND DOUG WILL DO A SERIES OF CHECK OUTS WITH THE TEAMS ON THE GROUND. THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR OUT IN FLORIDA.THEY DOLL THIS OVER — THEY WILL DO IT OVER DRAGON TO GROUND AND COUNTDOWN THAT YOU WILL HEAR GOING OUT. THEY WILL DO IT THROUGH THEIR DIFFERENT KHAOUPB INDICATIONS PATHS. — COMMUNICATIONS PATHS. WE HEARD THE TRACKING DATA AND RELAY SATELLITES THAT WILL BE USED TO TALK TO BOB AND DOUG THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT AND SEND COMMANDS TO DRAGON AND THROUGH GROUND STATION. SpaceX HAS A WORLD-WIDE NETWORK OF GROUND STATIONS THEY ARE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE VEHICLE AND WE’LL BE USING TO GET VOIDIO IN THE CABIN — VIDEO IN THEIR CABIN ON THE FLIGHT UP THIS. IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THEY DO IN THE VEHICLE TO MAKE SURE ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM OF THE DRAGON SPACECRAFT AND SUITS AND EVERYTHING ARE WORKING AND THEY CAN TALK TO AND HEAR EVERYBODY ON THE GROUND.>> COM-CHECK. >> SpaceX DRAGON LOUD AND CLEAR. THAT IS PRETTY MUCH THE SINGULAR VOICE TALKING TO THE ASTRONAUTS THROUGHOUT THEIR FLIGHT. A POSITION BASE THE HERE IN THAT HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA. YOU WILL ALSO HEAR DRAGON SpaceX COMCHECK. >> SpaceX DRAGON LOUD AND CLEAR. >> COM-CHECK COMPLETE. STAND BY WITH COMCHECKS IN THE LAUNCH CONFIGURATION. >> DRAGON MD ON COUNTDOWN. COP-CHECK. COM-CHECK. >> SpaceX LOUD AND CLEAR. >> COPY LOUD AND CLEAR. GLAD TO HAVE YOU GUYS ON BOARD. STAND BY FOR COM-CHECK ON DRAGON TO GROUND. DRAGON MD, DRAGON TO GROUND COM-CHECK. >> MD DRAGON LOUD AND CLEAR. >> MD LOUD AND CLEAR. STAND BY FOR COP-CHECKS WITH LD.>> LAUNCH DIRECTOR COM-CHECK. >> GOOD AFTER. LOUD AND CLEAR. >> I HAVE YOU THE SAME, MAN. GOOD AFTERNOON. STAND BY FOR MY COM-CHECK ON DRAGON TO GROUND. DRAGON SpaceX ON DRAGON TO GROUND, COM-CHECK. >> SpaceX DRAGON LOUD AND CLEAR. >> I HAVE YOU THE SAME. >> DRAGON SpaceX THIS CONCLUDES OUR LAUNCH CONFIGURATION COM-CHECKS WANT REPORT WHEN READY FOR SEATRO SET ROTATION. >> DRAGON I’LL PUT THAT IN. >> COPY. >> ALL RIGHT, SO ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS CHECKS WERE DONE SUCCESS WILLY AND YOU COULD EVEN SEE, IT’S SO COOL WHEN YOU GET THE VIEWS IN THE CABIN. >> SpaceX DRAGON, WE ARE READY FOR SEAT ROTATION. >> COPY. WE WILL REPORT WHEN INITIATING. >> YOU CAN SEE DOUG HURLEY USING HIS RIGHT HAND. HE HAS THE TALK BUTTON BUILT INTO THE SEAT ITSELF. JUST, AGAIN, SHOWING YOU ALL OF THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS, HOW THE SUIT IS INTEGRATED INTO THE SEAT AND IT’S ALL JUST ONE BIG CIRCLE FOR THIS WHOLE SPACECRAFT.REALLY COOL TO SEE THE COM-CHECKSES LIVE. JESSICA THANK YOU FOR WALKING US UP THROUGH THE COOL UPDATES. >> I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE THE DRAGON CLEAN ROOM HERE. ONE OF THE COOL THINGS IT IS ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF OUR MAIN BUILDING. THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES WALKS BY AND GET TO SEE DRAGON IN THE FINAL PROCESSING BEFORE IT GOES TO THE CAPE. ON WEDNESDAY IT WAS IN HERE AND LOOKED ALMOST DONE. IT IS EMPTY NOW BECAUSE IT WENT INTO THE SEPARATE TEST FACILITIES FOR THE FINAL PROPULSION CHECK. WE DO THAT IN A SEPARATE FACILITY BECAUSE IT IS HIGH PRESSURE TESTING. THE VEHICLE WILL COME BACK HERE, GETS IT FINAL THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM PUT ON AND THEN IT WILL SHIP OFF T CAPE CANAVERAL. >> WHEN YOU SEE THE FIRST INITIAL PRESSURE VESSEL IT’S NOT LIKE THE FINE THING. YOU SEE A LITTLE BIT ADD ON AND ADD ON AND THEN GET TO THE FINAL SPACECRAFT. >> YOU LOOK, AT A MACHINE AND SAY HOW DOES THIS GET BUILT IN IT IS STEP-BY-STEP, ONE PIECE AT A TIME AND EACH PIECE HAS A CRITICAL FUNCTION AND YOU GET TO SEE THAT BEING BUILT EVERY DAY YOU COME TO WORK.>> WE JUST HEARD THE SEAT ROTATION IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. JESSICA. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> YEAH. >> COOL FACTS TO LISTEN IN ON. WE SEE THE SEATS START TO ROTATE. SOON THEY WILL BE IN THE LAUNCH CONFIGURATION AND BE READY TO GO. WE CAN SEE THE SEATS SLOWLY START TO ROTATE. THEY ARE IN A DOWN POSITION TO MAKE IT EASIER TO CLIMB INTO DRAGON. THEY WILL BE MORE PARALLEL TO THE GROUND AND MAKES TAKING THE G-FORCE EASIER FOR THE CREW AND THE TOUCH SCREENS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THEM. >> DRAGON SpaceX SEAT TURN TO LAUNCH POSITION. >> WE COPY. >> CONFIRMATION THE SEATS ARE IN THE LAUNCH POSITION. LET’S GO TO GARY IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON WHERE I KNOW THE ENTIRE TEAM IS STANDING BY AND READY TO SEE DRAGON TAKE FLIGHT TODAY. OVER TO YOU, GARY. >> THANK, DAN. GOOD TO SEE GOO COM-CHECKS AND THEIR SEATS ARE IN LAUNCH POSITION.THE FLIGHT DIRECTOR SAYS ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO FOR LAUNCH AND IS PREPARED TO ARRIVE 19 HOURS AFTER LUNCH. CHRIS CASSIDY HAS COMPLETED PREPARATIONS FOR BOB AND DOUG TO ARRIVE AND HAS SAID THEY WERE QUOTE, LOOKING SHARP. FLIGHT CONTROLLERS WILL MONITOR THE COUNT DOWN BUT IT’S UP TO THE TEAMS IN KENNEDY AND HAWTHORNE TO GET US TO LIFTOFF AT THIS POINT. WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AS WE CONTINUE TO COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH. LET’S GO TO THE SOCIAL DESK NOW. TAHIRA? >> THANK YOU, GARY. SO GLAD TO HEAR IT IS GO ON YOUR END AND HOPING THE WEATHER JUST WORKS OUT GOOD FOR TODAY’S LAUNCH.PEOPLE ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS. WE JUST CHECKED NUMBERS AND WE ARE UP TO 1.1 MILLION VIEWERS RIGHT NOW, ALMOST DOUBLE WHEN WE CHECKED LAST TIME. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE COLUMBIA, SUCCESSES SUCCESS, IS LEADING THE — COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA IS LEADING VIEWERSHIP. LET’S TAKE A BROADER LOOK WITH THIS HEAT MAP OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS SHOWS LAUNCH AMERICA OVER THE PAST WEEK AND CALIFORNIA LEADING WITH THE MOST MENTIONS AND I AM VERY SURPRISED. I THOUGHT THE SPACE COASTED TAKE OME OF COURSE BUT LET’S SEE HOW THIS CHANGES OVER THE COURSE OF THE BROADCAST AND SEE WHAT YOU ARE POSTING ON LINE RIGHT NOW.>> CHECK OUT THESE OUT FITS. I LOVE. LOVE IT. AND PEOPLE MAKING IT THEIR OWN AND PUTTING THEIR TOUCH ON IT. LET’S LOOK AT ANOTHER. LET’S SEE HOW IT CHANGES OVER THE COURSE OF THIS BROADCAST. REALLY FUN TO SEE THE PHOTOS ON LINE. WE HAVE ANOTHER SPACE PET. THESE DO NOT GET OLD. USE # LAUNCH. AMERICA ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE HAVE CAST-RO NAUT BORIS READY TO LAUNCH. USE THE #, WE’LL LOOK FOR IT DURING THE SHOW. WHAT IS THE LATEST AT KENNEDY? >> THANK YOU. WE ARE AT T-MINUS 2:26:47 AND COUNTING FROM LIFTOFF OF THE FALCON 9 CARRYING DOUG HURLEY AND BOB BEHNKEN. YOU SEE THEM ABARD THE SpaceX CREW DRAGON SPACECRAFT. IT HAS BEEN AN EXCITING DAY. THE CREW HAS BEEN UP SINCE 8:00 THIS MORNING AS THEY PREPARE TO HEAD TO THE STATIONS STATION AS PART OF THIS DEMO-2 MISSION FOR NASA.>> THE ASTRONAUTS AS YOU SAW ARE INSIDE DRAGON AND HAVE COMPLETED COM-CHECKS AND CAN COMMUNICATE WITH CREW ON THE GROUND AND ARE AT LAUNCH POSITION TO SEE AND ACCESS THE DISPLAY PANEL. THEY ARE ABOUT TO INITIATE THEIR OWN SUIT LEAK CHECKS TO MAKE SURE IT IS IN PROPER WORKING CONDITION BEFORE LIFTOFF. >> AT ABOUT T-MINUS 1:55, COULD HAPPEN SOONER, WE ARE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, WE WILL SEE THE CLOSE OUT TEAM BEGIN TO CLOSE THE SIDE HATCH IN PREPARATION FOR FLIGHT.THAT WILL BE ONE OF THE KEY VISUAL MILESTONE ON THE TIME LINE TO LIFTOFF. NOW, WE WANT TO TAKE YOU TO A COUPLE OF SPECIAL GUESTS JOINING US. THEY ARE AT THE OSB 2 VIEWING LOCATION NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE AND KENNEDY SPACE CENTER DIRECTOR BOB CADANA IS THERE WITH — CABANA IS THERE. >> WE ARE IN THE PRAEUGSZS AND D SUPPORT BUILDING WITH A NICE VIEW OF LAUNCH COMPLEX 39. WE ARE EXCITEED TO THEM BOTH HERE. BOB CABANA THE DIRECTOR OF THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND JIM BRIDENSTINE ADMINISTRATOR FOR NASAMENT THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE. THE BIG STORY IS THE WEATHER. LET’S TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT. WE CAN SEE CLOUDS ARE KNOWLEDGE. BUILDING. THAT WAS FORECAST. YOU TAOBGS PART IN A WEATHER BRIEFING THIS MORNING. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WEATHER AND THE DECISION TO SAY LET’S GIVE THIS ANOTHER SHOT TODAY. >> WHAT GOT US LAST TIME WAS THE ELECTRICITY IN THE ATMOSPHERE. TODAY THERE ARE, IN FACT, BUILD UPS. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THERE ARE THUNDERSTORMS AT THIS TIME, BUT THEY ARE EXPECTED.THE QUESTION IS WHEN DO THE THUNDERSTORMS GO AWAY AND WHEN THEY MATERIALIZE WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED? WE ARE PREDICTING ABOUT A 50-50 SHOT OF GOING THIS TIME. BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN LATE MAY IN FLORIDA, WE HAVE TO TAKE EVERY SHOT WE CAN GET. IT’S NOT LIKELY IN A COUPLE DAYS IT WILL BE ANY BETTER THAN TODAY. WE ARE A GO FOR LAUNCH RIGHT NOW. AND WE ARE HOPING THAT THE WEATHER WILL HOLD UP. WE ALMOST FADED ON WEDNESDAY — MADE IT ON WEDNESDAY. THE TREND IS BETTER TODAY THAN ON WEDNESDAY. WE’LL SEE. >> I SAW A FORECAST THAT SAID THE CLEARING HAPPENS AROUND 3:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. >> THAT’S RIGHT. LAUNCH AT 3:22.CLEARING AT THE EARLIEST 3:00, LATEST 3:30. DEPENDING WHEN THAT HAPPENS WE WILL BE GO OR NO-GO. AGAIN, WE’LL TAKE EVERY SHOT WE HAVE GOT. >> AND WATCHING THE DOWN RANGE WEATHER FOR POTENTIAL RESCUE IN CASE THERE IS AN ABORT. >> WE HAVE THE STAGING AREAS. WHEN WE GO FROM THE FIRST STAGE TO THE SECOND STAGE, A HIGHER RISK EVOLUTION. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IN THE CASE WE HAVE TO EXERCISE THE LAUNCH ABORT AT THAT POINT THE WEATHER IS GOOD. THAT IS OFF THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE BIG THING THERE IS IT’S GREAT WE HAVE A LAUNCH ABORT CAPABILITY.THE CHALLENGE IS THAT INVOLVES PARACHUTES AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE WEATHER TO COME DOWN IF THERE ARE THUNDERSTORMS OR DOWN BURSTS OR HIGH WINDS, THAT IS PROBLEMATIC FOR THE PARACHUTE SYSTEM. >> AND BOB, YOU ARE AN ASTRONAUT AND KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. INTO THE SPACECRAFT, GET READY TO GO ONLY TO BE TOLD NO, WE’RE NOT GOING TO GO TODAY, WE’LL TRY IT AGAIN. WHAT IS THAT LIKE? TELL ME ABOUT THE MIND SET AS YOU HAVE TO RESET. DO YOU FEEL LESS ANXIOUS, MORE COMFORTABLE THE SECOND TIME AROUND? >> FIRST OFF, MY LAST FLIGHT WE COUNTED DOWN TO 182NDS AND DIDN’T GO. WHEN YOU HIT 18 SECONDS YOU ARE READY. IT’S THE TRAINING WE GO THROUGH. THE REPETITION WE GO THROUGH. WE PRACTICE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING SCRUBS. JUST BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T LAUNCH DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE SOMETHING TO DO.YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE BACK UP PROCEDURES AND IT’S DONE PROFESSIONALLY. THEN IT WAS OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND INTO THE ASTRO VAN TO CREW QUARTERS. WE HAD A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND A GOOD NIGHT’S REST AND WENT THROUGH IT AGAIN. IT’S A MATTER OF DOING YOUR JOB. THEY ARE WELL PREPARED. IT’S PART OF WHAT WE DO. >> THEY STOPPED THE COUNT AT 17 MINUTES AND YOU HAD IT TO JUST A FEW SUBS. >> THE NEXT — SECONDS. >> THE NEXT NIGHT EVERYTHING WENT BETTER. WHETHER WAS BAD THE FIRST TIME AND I WAS GLAD WE SCRUBBED AND THEY SCRUBBED FOR AN ISSUE WITH A VEHICLE. AND THE NEXT NIGHT IT WAS JUST A PERFECTLY SMOOTH LAUNCH COUNT. EVERYTHING WENT LIKE CLOCKWORK AND IT SET THE STAGE FOR AN YOU AWESOME MISSION. >> YOU TOLD THE PRESS BEFORE YOU WALKED OUT WE ARE GOING TODAY. I WONDER WHERE IS THE SOURCE OF THAT CONFIDENCE COMING FROM? >> I HAVE A FEELING. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. VIWATCHED A LOT OF WEATHER WITH SUPPORTING SHUTTLE MISSIONS.HOPEFULLY IT KEEPS WEST OF US AND THE STUFF BUILDING OFFSHORE IS FAR ENOUGH OFF TO STAY IN AN OPEN WINDOW AT THE CAPE. >> WE HAVE YOUR POSITIVE VIBE GOING AND THAT’S GREAT. JIM, WHEN YOU WERE IN THE ASTRONAUT CREW QUARTERS WHEN THEY WERE SUITING UP GOT A SECOND CHANCE TO VISIT WITH THE ASTRONAUTS. TELL US ABOUT THAT. WHAT WAS THEIR DEMEANOR AND MOOD TODAY. >> I THEY SEEMED LOOSE. THEY WERE LOOSE LAST TIME AND LOOSE THIS TIME AND ARE READY TO GO.THEY ARE EXCITED. THEY HAVE BEEN WANTING TO GO FOR A LONG TIME. ONE THING I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING, BOB BEHNKEN WAS MAKING FUN OF DOUG HURLEY BECAUSE ON DOUG’S LAST NIGHT THY THEY SCRUBBED FIVE TIMES BEFORE LAUNCHING ON THE SIXTH TYPE. BOB THINKS DOUG IS THE PROBLEM IN THIS CASE. TO SEE THEM JOKING ABOUT THAT AS THEY ARE GETTING SUITED UP READY TO GO, YES, THEY ARE TRAINED, THEY ARE READY, BUT ALSO LOOSE. AND THAT’S GOOD TO SEE BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE ON THEIR GAME WHEN WE LAUNCH. >> THESIS GUY, PRETTY — THESIS GUYS ARE PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. DOUG HURLEY AN INCREDIBLE PILOT AND BOB BEHNKEN A PH D IN MECHANICAL ENGINEER. >> AND A FLIGHT-TEST ENGINEER HIMSELF.>> IN YOUR ASSESSMENT WHY ARE THEY THE RIGHT STUFF? >> THIS IS A TEST TPWHRAOEUT. FLIGHT.WE HAVE GREAT ASTRONAUTST ARE CHEMISTS AND BOTANISTS. THIS IS A TEST FLIGHT. FOR A TEST FLIGHT YOU WANT TEST PILOTS, PEOPLE FOR A LIVING, HAVE MADE A LIVING THAT HAVE FLOWN NEW THINGS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN FLOWN BEFORE. THEY ARE THE TWO YOU WOULD WANT IN A TEST FLIGHT. THAT’S WHAT THIS IS. >> BOB, YOU’RE A PILOT TOO. YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON DOUG HURLEY. HE SEEMS TO HAVE THE RIGHT MENTALITY. >> HE SAY MARINE PILOT, TEST PILOT. I’M ALL IN. HE IS A GREAT GUY. >> AND TELL ME ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, RIGHT, YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE 2007.>> 2008. >> I’M SORRY. I GREW UP HERE. MY DAD WORKED FOR NASA, MY UNCLE WAS A CONTRACTOR WHEN THE WHEEL STOPPED THE NEXT DAY MY UNCLE GOT THE LAY OFF AND IT WAS DEPRESSING. WE HAD THOUSANDS LAID-OFF. >> SUPER DEPRESSING. ATLANTIS LANDED AND TWO-DAYS LATER UNDERSTAND THISES GOT PINK SLIPS. IT WAS THE CLEANEST VEHICLES WE EVERY FLEW. >> TAKE ME BACK TO THAT TIME, A DEPRESSING TIME. THE FACT THE SHUTTLE PROGRAM WAS SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT COMPLETELY HAD OWNERSHIP OF AND PAID FOR, NOW WE ARE MOVING INTO THIS COMMERCIAL CREW YOU HAVE OVER SEEN MAKING THE TRANSITION.TELL ME ABOUT THE 9 YEARS WE MADE THE MOVE. >> EVERYBODY WAS ATTACHED TO THE SHUTTLE. IT DID AN AWESOME JOB. THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND SATELLITES DEPLIED AND STATIONS STATION. I TOLD EVERYBODY THE SHUTTLE PROGRAM WILL END WE HAVE TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE. NOBODY WANTED TO HEAR THAT. HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GET TO DEFINE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE TO BE? WE SET OUT ON A BOLD GOAL TO SUPPORT BOTH GOVERNMENT AND COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS. I HAVE A VERY PERSISTENT TEAM. THEY WORKED EXTREMELY HARD AND THROUGH A NUMBER OF AGREEMENT, YOU KNOW, WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.THIS IS THE FUTURE. COMMERCIAL SPACE FLIGHT, THE ADMINISTRATOR SAYS IT ALL THE TIME WE WANT A COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT IN LOW EARTH ORBIT TO EXPLORE BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM BEYOND PLANET EARTH AND HAVE A SUSTAINED PRESENCE ON THE MOON AND GET TO MARS AND HAVE A SUSTAINED PRESENCE THERE. WE CAN’T DO THAT IF WE ARE LOCKED IN LOW EARTH ORBIT AND WITH SpaceX AND BOEING IS THE BEGINNING OF A WHOLE NEW ERA OF SPACE FLIGHT.>> VERY GOOD. A QUICK QUESTION. WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST COMING BACK TODAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PLANS ON BEING HERE. JIM, YOU TOOK HIM AROUND THE FIRST TIME AROUND. HOW DID THAT GO? I THINK I SAW A PICTURE ON TWITTER HE SIGNED SOME SPACE HARDWARE. >> HE LOOKED AT THE ORION CREW CANCULE FOR ART MISONE IS READY TO GO. HE SIGNED A PIECE OF HARDWARE THAT WILL FLY ON THE CREW CAPSULE FOR ARTEMIS 2. AND NOT JUST HIM BUT THE FIRST LADY AND VICE PRESIDENT AND SECOND LADY AND IT WILL FLY AROUND THE MOON ON ARTEMIS TWO, THAT IS EXCITING. I WANT TO GIVE COLONEL CABANA A COMPLIMENT, HE BROUGHT THIS THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME AND NOW IT IS A MULTI-USE SPACE PORT. WE HAVE COMMERCIAL AND IN FACT, EVEN INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES HERE AND WILL HAVE COMMERCIAL CREW LAUNCHES.BOB HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB TRANSFORMING THIS SPACE PORT. THAT’S WHY WE’RE DOING COMMERCIAL CREW. NASA WANTS TO BE ONE CUSTOMER OF MANY CUSTOMERS AND WE WANT NUMEROUS PROVIDERS COMPETING ON COST, INNOVATION AND SAFETY. DRIVING DOWN COST AND INCREASING ACCESS. BETTER TODAY, WHEN I TOOK THIS JOB JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO, OUR BUDGET AT NASA WAS AROUND $19 BILLION. THE BUDGET REQUEST THE PRESIDENT GAVE US FOR NEXT YEARS $25 BILLION. WE ARE IN A GREAT, GREAT POSITION BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS COMMITED TO SpaceX EXPLORATION AND COMMITED TO THE SPACE FORCE. WE HAVEN’T HAD THIS MUCH SUPPORT FOR SPACE SINCE JOHN F. KEN EDYY AND HAVE HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. EVERYBODY WANTS TO ZOO THE ARTEMIS PROGRAM BEING SUCCESS CIVIL AND NOT JUST THE NEXT MAN BUT FIRST WOMAN ON THE MOON.>> THE KEY TO IT ALL IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WITH THE WORK BOB IS DOING, YOU CAN SEE THE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AROUND THIS PHRA*EUS. PLACE.WE WANT TO GET TO QUESTION SOCIAL MEDIA. THE FIRST IS FROM JAMES ON TWITTER. HE ASKS: WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF GOING TO SPACE? WE’LL HAVE TO GIVE THAT QUESTION TO BOB. >> th NOING IS HARD IF YOU PRE– NOTHING IT IS HARD IF YOU PREPARE FOR.IT IT IS STUFF WE DON’T HAVE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT. THAT’S WHAT WE DO WHEN WE LEARN HOW TO BE ASTRONAUTS, WE TRAIN. YOU SPENT A LONG TIME AS A CANDIDATE LEARNING AND PREPARING FOR A COMMISSION. FOR A INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MISSION TRAINING AROUND THE WORLD ON THE MODULES AND TWO AND A HALF YEARS OF TRAINING BEFORE YOU GET ON ORBIT FOR THAT TIME TO ACTUALLY DO YOUR WORK. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE HARDEST PART IS THE PREPARATION. YOU ARE SO PREPARED YOU HAVE TOTAL CONFIDENCE AND KNOW YOU ARE TRAINED FOR WHAT YOU WILL DO AND HAVE AN OUT STANDING TEAM ON THE GROUND SUPPORTING YOU. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE THAT GROUND SUPPORT AS YOU CLIMB INTO THAT VEHICLE. YOU KNOW THEY HAVE DONE THEIR VERY BEST TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY AND A SUCCESSFUL MISSION. AFTER THAT IT’S A PIECE OF CAKE, EXCEPT NO SIMULATOR ON EARTH CAN PREPARE YOU FOR WHAT THOSE GUY, GOING TO FEEL.>> MAYBE ONE DAY I WILL GET TO TRY. COMMERCIALIZATION EFFORT MEANS WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE ABLE TO FLY INTO SPACE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> A GREAT POINT ABOUT PREPARATION. THAT’S NOT THE HIGHLY SWREUZ VIE PART, THE LAUNCH IS. IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THE PREPARATION LEADS TO THE CONFIDENCE. THEY ARE GETTING READY TO CLOSE THE HATCH DOOR. YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN THERE THE WORKERS THERE ARE GETTING READY TO GET THAT CLOSED AND WORKING ON THAT RIGHT THERE WITH DOUG HURLY AND BOB BEHNKEN ON THE INSIDE OF CREW DRAGON. OUR NEX QUESTION: WHAT OPERATIONS WILL THE ASTRONAUTS DO BETWEEN LIFTOFF AND DOCKING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? I KNOW YOU PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION, JIM, TO THE OPERATIONS OF THIS MISSION. >> THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS. THE 50 THING IS WE HAVE EYE — FIRST THING IS A NUMBER OF BURNS TO GET IN PHASE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE HAVE SOME BOOST BURNS AS WELL. TALKING ABOUT OPERATING THE ROCKET ENGINE TO GET IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE SPACE STATION WANT THE BIGGEST THING WE NEED THAST MOTTES TO DO WHEN THEY — THE ASTRONAUTS TO DO WHEN THEY GET ON ORBIT AND BEFORE THEY DOCK IS REST.WE NEED THEM TO BE PREPARED FOR DOCKING. ONCE THEY ARE IN THE RANGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THEY WILL START MANEUVERING IT THEMSELVES. THEY WILL TEST FLY THIS VEHICLE TO MAKE SURE IT OPERATING AS ADVERTISED. THEN THEY WILL DOCK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. UNIQUE CAPABILITY HERE IT IS AUTOMATIC RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING AS WELL. >> THAT WILL BE EXCITING TO SEE. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WITH US. JIM BRIDENSTINE ADMINISTRATOR OF TPHASZA AND BOB CABANA ADMIN STRAIGHTER OF KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. THANK YOU. >> YOU CAN SEE SOME CLOUDS START BEING TO GATHER OVER LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A.50-50% CHANCE OF LAUNCHING. WE HEARD THE CREW COMPLETE THEIR COM-CHECKSES LIVE ON THE AIR. WE SAW THEIR SEATS ROTATE TO GET THEM IN A BETTER POSITION TO INTERACT WITH THE SCREENS IN FRONT OF THEM. THEY COMPLETED SUIT LEAK CHECKS. WE SAW DURES THE INTERVIEW THE HATCH BEGIN TO CLOSE AND SO INSIDE THE WHITE ROOM THE PAD CLOSE OUT TEAM IS IN THERE DOING WORK. THE HATCH CLOSE IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS JUST CLOSING A CAR DOOR. THERE IS A PROCESS TO SEAL IT AND CHECK IT AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS SEALED PROPERLY, RIGHT LAUREN? >> THAT’S RIGHT. THE NEXT THING WILL BE THE LEAK CHECK. THEY WILL ATTACH A PIECE OF GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT. THEY DON’T HAVE IT IN THEIR HANDS RIGHT NOW. IT HASN’T — THERE IT IS.YOU CAN SEE IT THERE. THE CLOSE OUT NUMBER NUMBER 5 IS ATACHED TO THE SIDE HATCH MECH NICHE. WHAT THEY WILL DO IS, THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY CHECKING FOR THE LEAK RATE. AND THEY WILL HOLD PRESSURE THERE FOR A FEW MINUTES AND THEN TRACK THAT CHANGE IN PRESSURE OVER TIME TO MAKE SURE IT IS WITHIN BOUNDS. MAKING SURE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH THE O-RINGS THAT ARE HOLDING THE PRESSURE. AND SO ONCE THEY COMPLETE THAT LEAK CHECK, THEY WILL THEN DO WHAT IS THE, CALLED THE FINAL INSTALLATION OF THE SIDE PRESSURE EQUALIZATION PLUG. THAT IS A PLUG THAT ONCE THE CAPSULE SPLASHES DOWN, WHAT YOU WILL DO IS ACTUALLY REMOVE THAT AND WHAT IT DOES IS EQUALIZES PRESSURE ACROSS THE HATCH.ONCE IT IS PLUGGED IN YOU KNOW EVERYTHING IS SUPER TIGHT AND YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY LEAKSES ON ORBIT. >> ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I THINK IS COOL ABOUT DRAGON YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THEM ON THE KNOW DRAGON STARTED OUT AS CARGO DRAG KNOW ON. THE CARGO VERSION BEFORE YOU MOVED ON TO THE CREW DRAGON VERSION. THEY HAD WINDOWS ON THE CARGO VERSION. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THAT WAS? >> THE VERY FIRST CARGO DRAGON WE EVER LAUNCHED HAD A WINDOW OVER THE SIDE HATCH. THE REASON IS WE ENVISIONED DRAGON TO ULTIMATELY BE A CREWED VEHICLE. EVEN IN THE BEGINNING FOR THE VERY FIRST VEHICLE WE MADE THAT DIDN’ CARRY MUCH CARGO AND IT SYMBOLIZES WHAT DRAGON’S PURPOSE IS ALL ALONG. TAKING THE STEPS AND STARTING OFF WITH THE CRS PROGRAM AND RESUPPLYING THE SPACE STATION WITH EXPERIMENTS AND FOOD AND CREWROVISIONS TO PUTTING NASA’S ASTRONAUTS IN OUR OWN VEHICLE. IT’S THAT NATURAL PROGRESSION ON WHAT WE WERE AIMING FOR THE WHOLE TIME. >> AND LEYLAND, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE TOUCH SCREEN TECHNOLOGY.WE SAW SOME ABOUT THAT. IT IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF LOOK THAN WHAT WE SAW DURING SPACE SHUT SKWRAOEL IT’S THE SH. >> WE HAD OU L CD DISPLAYS ANDVOLVES AND SWITCHES. THIS NEW NECKNOLOGY WILL ALLOW — TECHNOLOGY AND ALLOW US TO GET THROUGH PROCEDURES MUCH FASTER. WE HAD TO TURN TO DIFFERENT PAGES AND GET TO THINGS. THIS WILL MAKE IT MUCH MORE EFFICIENT TO GO THROUGH FUNCTIONS AND PROCEDURES WITH THE TOUCH SCREENS. HAVING THE GLOVES BE ABLE TO TOUCH THE SCREENS AND WORK WITHIN THE GLOVES, EVERYTHING IS SLEEK AND EFFICIENT. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF WIRES AND THINGS HANGING OFF. YOU CAN SEE THE KNEE BOARDS ON THE LEFT KNEE. THAT IS FOR EXTRA GOING OVER THINGS. THERE IS COMMENTARY. >> WE ARE READY FOR THE POST INGRESS BRIEFING WHEN YOU ARE READY TO, COPY. >> WE JUST HEARD CONFIRMATION ON THE LOOP THAT THE HATCH IS CLOSED. THAT IS A LITTLE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. WE ARE MOTIVATEED TO GO TODAY. >> WE ARE READY. GO AHEAD. >> OKAY. ON THE WEATHER, WE STILL HAVE RAIN SHOWERS MOVING TO THE AREA.WE ARE PROCEEDING INTO THE COUNTS. WE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT BOTH PAD AND THE SEN TREK WEATHER AT T-MINUS 1 AND THE NEXT DECISION POINT WILL BE PRIOR TO PROP LOAD. THERE ARE NO ITEMS EVER NOTE. — OF NOTE. >> WE JUST HEARD THE WEATHER IS STILL IFFY. >> THANK YOU. >> WEATHER IS STILL IFFY. >> CONCLUDES THE POST INGRESS BRIEF. READY FOR COM-CHECKS WITH FAULT CON9 OPERATORS. — FALCON 9 OPERATORS. >> WE ARE READY FOR THE F-9 OPERATORS. >> EXPECT THAT SHORTLY. >> WHEN WE HEAR THE CHATTER PICK BACK UP WE’LL QUIET DOWN SO YOU CAN HR-FRB WITH US. WE HEARD THEM DISCUSS THE WEATHER BRIEFLY AND KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT THE NEXT DECISION POINT IS BEFORE PROP LOAD. WE WILL EVALUATE BEFORE THEY START FUELING THE ROCKET. IN THE MEANTIME FALCON 9 AND CREW DRAGON ARE HEALTHY AND THE VEHICLE IS IN GOOD SHAPE AND A REPEAT FROM WEDNESDAY THAT WE E WEATHER AT THIS POINT. >> YOU CAN SEE ON THEIR LEFT LEGS IN THE PREVIOUS IMAGE. >> YOU CAN EXPECT IT IN ABOUT 1-2 MINUTES. >> DRAGON’S READY.>> ON THEIR LEFT LEGS THERE, THEY HAVE THE SATCHELS STRAPPED TO THEIR LEGS WITH CREW PROVISIONS INCLUDING TABLETS YOU SEE THEY HAVE DISPLAYED THERE. >> THOSE ARE TABLETS VERSUS JUST KNEE BOARDS YOU CAN WRITE ON? >> THE TABLETS ARE INSIDE. >> INSIDE, OKAY. WHEN WOULD THEY PULL THEM OUT TO USE THEM? >> DURING THE MISSION, WHILE IN ORBIT. >> OKAY. >> I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS COMING, THE BACKGROUND NOISE IS COMING THROUGH OVER AIR, WE HEAR THE RAIN 56ING UP OUTSIDE THE STUDIO HERE AND WONDER IF THEY HEAR THE SOUNDS OVER THE PAD.IT LOOKS PATCHY. WE WERE FOLLOWING SOME THUNDERSTORMS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY MIGHT MAKE THEIR WAY OVER HERE. IT KIND OF LOOKS LIKES IT IS RAINING FROM THAT VIEW. IT’S A LITTLE HARD TO TELL THROUGH THE HAZE. >> ALL RIGHT. LAUNCH IS NOW JUST OVER TWO HOURS AWAY. TAHIRA YOU ARE THERE WITH THE SOCIAL TEAMS AND NOW THAT THE HATCH IS CLOSED AND THE RAIN IS PICKING UP AND WE COUNTDOWN I THINK THINGS ARE GETTING INTERESTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. >> HEY, LAUREN, THEY ARE. SO MANY THINGS ARE GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH TODAY’S MISSION.IT IS JUST SCROLLING WITH THE CONVERSATION EVER PEOPLE AROUND THE NATION TALKING ABOUT TODAY’S LAUNCH ATTEMPT. WE JUST CHECKED VIEWERSHIP AND ARE UP TO 1.4 MILLION WATCHING THIS BROADCAST AND REALLY HOPE THINGS LOOK GOOD WITH WEATHER. LET’S TAKES A LOOK AT THINGS BEING SAID ON TWITTER RIGHT NOW: IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE GOD SPEED AND SAFE TRAVELS FOR BOTH ASTRONAUTS TODAY. REALLY DO WISH THEM THE BEST OF LUX ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT AND HOPE IT HAPPENS. SOME THROW BACKS PHOTOS FROM PEOPLE VISITING NASA CENTERS AND LET’S DO THIS. I LOVE THIS CAN DO ATTITUDE AND PEEP ARE KEEPING THE ENERGY — PEOPLE ARE KEEPING THE ENERGY ALIVE FOR TODAY’S LAUNCH. THERE WERE DISAPPOINTING REACTIONS TO WEDNESDAY’S SCRUB, BUT LET’S LOOK AT HOW PEOPLE ARE GETTING EXCITED FOR TODAY’S ATTEMPT. LET’S ROLL. >> READY FOR TAKES OFF. >> I’M READY TO LAUNCH AMERICA. >> 3, 2, 1 … GO! [CHEERING] >> LIFTOFF. >> TO INFINITY AND BEYOND. >> I HOPE YOU GUYS MAKES IT SAFE TO THE SPACE STATION. >> I MEAN, HOW FUN IS THAT VIDEO? I WILL HAVE TO ATTEMPT THE WORM AFTER THIS. BUT JUST REALLY GLAD TO SEE EVERYONE IN GOOD SPIRITS LEADING INTO TODAY’S SECOND LAUNCH ATTEMPT. I REALLY HOPE EVERYBODY WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT. LET’S HEAD BACK TO LAUREN. >> THANK YOU. IT LOOKS LIKE PEOPLE ARE PRETTY STOKESSED. WE CONTINUE TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION USING THE #LAUNCHAMERICA ACROSS ALL SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS. >> I LOVE SEEING, I REALLY LOVE SEEING THE LITTLE KIDS GET EXCITED. I KNOW MY 3-YEAR-OLD IS SUPER EXCITED AND HAS AN ASTRONAUT SLEEPING BAG.>> REALLY? >> YEAH. THE BODY OF THE BAG IS A SPACE SUIT AND WHEN HE GETS IN LOOKS LIKE SHE HAS A SPACE SUIT. >> THAT’S THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS. PEOPLE HAVE EXCITED ABOUT THE WORM AND MEATBALL AND THEY HAVE THE WORM-BALL. >> I AM HAVING A HARD TIME SEEING IT. WHAT IS THE WORM-BALL? >> A NASA MEATBALL, WHAT IT SHOULD BE. THERE IT IS. >> OH, YEAH. >> I NEED A VISUAL. >> THEY HAVE THE ANGULAR NASA LOGO AND PUT THE WORM INSIDE THE MEATBALL. CAN YOU LIVE WITH THAT? >> IT’S A BEAUTIFUL COMPROMISE. I’LL TAKE IT. >> A NICE MARRIAGE OF THE 2. >> I LOVE YOU, MAN. [LAUGHING] >> THERE IS ANOTHER LIVE LOOKS AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A. WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU A LOT ABOUT THE SpaceX CREW DRAGON ON TOP OF FALCON 9. A LOT ABOUT THE CREWELVES AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TODAY AS THE OFFICIAL RETURN WE HOPE OF HUMAN LAUNCH CAPABILITY TO AMERICAN SHORES. WE WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DIDN’T EXPLAIN WHY PAD 39 A IS HALLOWED GROUND.>> WE ARE GO. WE ARE GO. >> MANY OF NASA’S STORIED MISSIONS BEGAN THEIR VERY SKWROURPB FRET EXACT SAME SPOT — JOURNEY FROM THE EXACT SAME SPOT ON EARTH, LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. THAT MASSIVE STRUCTURE OF STEEL AND CONCRETE HAS GUIDED FOR OVER 50 YEARS. THERE CAN BE NO LAUNCH WITHOUT A LAUNCHPAD AND THE HALLOWED GROUND HAS A HISTORY GREATER THAN ANY OTHER. HAVING EVOLVED IT IS ALIVE WITH A HEART BEAT AS STRONG AS THE FIRST.LAUNCHPA 39A CAME TO LIFE TO RAMP UP TO ACHIEVE UNPRECEDENTED EFFORTS. >> WHY THE MOON IN WHY CHOOSE THIS AS OUR GOAL AND THEY MAY ASK WHY CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN? >> IT SCULPTED THE BASE TO 40 FEET AN — CONCRETE POURED TO HOLD IT IN PLACE. IT WAS THEN LINED WITH HEAT RESISTANT BRICKS TO DEFLECT SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS OF EARTH RATTLING THRUST FIRST FELT ON APOLLO 8. LESS THAN A YEAR LATER APOLLO HREFRB LAUNCHED FROM PAD 39 AUTHORITY A AND HUNDREDS OF MILLION AROUND THE WORLD WATCHED AS IT LANDED ON THE MOON THREE DECADES LATER. IT TOOK CENTER STAGE WITH A NEW ONE OF A KIND SPACECRAFT, THE SPACE SHUTTLE. BILLIONS OF BOUNDS FOR ADDITIONAL STEEL TRANSFORMED THE LOOK BUT NOT THE PURPOSE, HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. IN ALL, 82 SPACE SHUTTLES BLASTED OFF FROM 39A. UNTIL THE VERY LAST. >> 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, ENGINES UP AND BURNING, 2, 1, 0 AND LIFTOFF.THE FINAL LIFTOFF ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE. AMERICA WILL CONTINUE TO DREAM. >> WITH THE FLEET RETIRED DEMOLITION CREWS REMOVED THE SHUTTLE-ERA HARDWARE TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR NASA’S MONUMENTAL DECISION TO LEASE THIS SITE TO THE PRIVATE COMPANY SpaceX. TODAY ITS SLEEK AND MODERN DESIGN SUPPORTS A FAMILY OF ROCKETS THAT HAS ADVANCED THE COMMERCIAL AGE OF AMERICAN SPACE FLIGHT. NOW 50 YEARS AFTER IT FIRST SENT HUMANS TO THE MOON, THIS HISTORIC SPACE PORT STANDS READY FOR THE NEXT WAVE OF HUMAN EXPLORATION. >> AND WE’RE LOOKING LIVE AGAIN AT PAD 39A, THE PAD CLOSE OUT TEAM. YOU CAN IDENTIFY THEM BY THEIR NUMBERS AND WE HEARD CONFIRMATION OF THE HATCH BEING CLOSED A FEW MINUTES AGO. THING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. WHEN I SAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE I DON’T MEAN LAUNCH TIME IS CHANGING, BUT ON SPECIAL MILESTONES AND THE TIMES ARE FLEXIBLE BUT THE LAUNCH WINDOW IS INSTANTANEOUS AT 3:22 THIS AFTERNOON.LEYLAND, WE JUST SAW A PIECE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF PAD 39A. >> ALL STATIONS COUNTDOWN 1 FOR COM-CHECK WITH THE CREW. >> WE WILL PAUSE FOR THAT COM-CHECK. >> FALCON 9 GUIDANCE NAVIGATION AND CONTROL. >> COM-CHECK. >> WE HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. >> LOUD AND CLEAR. STAND BY FOR COMCHECK BY PROPULSION ENGINEER. >> COM-CHECK. >> DRAGON LOUD AND CLEAR. >> LOUD AND CLEAR. STAND BY FOR COM-CHECK WITH AVIONICS ENGINEER. >> DRAGON AVIONICS ON COUNTDOWN 1 COM-CHECK. >> AVIONICS DRAGON, LOUD AND CLEAR. >> AVIONICS LOUD AND CLEAR.STAND BY FOR COM-CHECK BY GROUND SEGMENT ENGINEER. >> COM-CHECK. >> COM-CHECK LOUD AND CLEAR. >> STAND BY FOR COMCHECK BY LAUNCH CONTROL. >> DRAGON LAUNCH CONTROL AND COUNTDOWN 1 COM-CHECK. >> LAUNCH CONTROL DRAGON LOUD AND CLEAR. >> LAUNCH CONTROL LOUD AND CLEAR. STAND BY FOR COM-CHECK BY CHIEF ENGINEER. >> DRAGON CHIEF ENGINEER ON COUNTDOWN 1 COM-CHECK. >> CHIEF ENGINEER DRAGON WE HAVE YOU LOUD AND C >> CHIEF ENGINEER LOUD AND CLEAR. THIS CONCLUDES THE COM-CHECK. >> WE SAW THUMBS UP. >> THE MORE PARTNER SHIPS WE HAVE, THE MORE I’OVATIVE SPACE EXPLORATION CANmK60 BE. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THIS TRANSPORTATION FROM PRIVATE COMPANIES. >> ONE CONCEPT THAT WE HAVE IN NASA FOR SAFETY AND TO MITIGATE RISK IS CALLED DISSIMILAR REDUNDANCY.WE’RE BRINGING UP A WHOLE SECOND WAY OF GETTING CREW TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND GETTING CARGO, LAST MINUTE CARGO. >> WE’RE WATCHING BOB AND DOUG GO THROUGH THE FINAL PHASES OF PREPARING FOR THIS LAUNCH. WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND SO CLOSE TO LIFTOFF? >> IT IS SUCH A GREAT DAY INDEED. IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE I THINK IT’S NOT SO MUCH WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND, BUT WHAT’S NOT GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND. YOU’RE NOT THINKING ABOUT WHAT’S GOING WRONG, YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT ENABLING SUCCESS. ON LAUNCH DAY, THE ASTRONAUTS ARE THE CALMEST PEOPLE IN THE ROOM. IT’S EVERYTHING YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING YOU DREAMED OF COMING TOGETHER AND YOU’RE FINALLY GOING TO DO WHAT YOU’RE PREPARED TO DO, EXECUTE THE MISSION AND IT BRINGS THIS SENSE OF CALM AND READINESS. >> ASTRONAUT CHRISTINA COOK, ALWAYS GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU. >>> THANK YOU. >> CHRIS CASSIDY WILL BE READY TO WELCOME THEM ONBOARD, SO IN ANTICIPATION OF THEIR LAUNCH, HE HAD THIS MESSAGE FOR THEM. >> CHRIS CASSIDY, COMMANDER ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLYING 250 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH.LIKE YOU, I’M EXCITED ABOUT TODAY’S LAUNCHING AND THE POSSIBILITIES IT WILL BRING TO AMERICA AND TO THE WORLD, BUT ALSO, I’M VERY EXCITED THAT TWO CLOSE FRIENDS WILL BE ARRIVING AMOUNTED JOINING THE CREW. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF FLYING WITH DOUG HURLEY. TOGETHER WE CAME TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND HELPS CONSTRUCT THE AMAZING FACILITY THAT LITTLE TODAY. ALTHOUGH THIS WILL BE MY FIRST MISSION WITH BOB IT WAS MY HONOR TO FOLLOW HIM AS THE CHIEF OF THE OFFICE TO BEGIN TRAINING FOR THIS AMAZING MISSION IN 2015. PERSONALLY, I’VE BEEN VERY FORTL>xItkO FLY TWO:/,c=yS/’? WITH THEM, THEY FLEW AN AMERICA FLAG, REPRESENTING AMERICA’S TECHNICAL PROWESS. THIRTY YEARS LATER, THAT SAE FLAG WAS FLOWN TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THIS FLAG REMAINS HERE TODAY, WAITING FOR BOB AND DOUG.OUR FLAG MEANS SO MANY THINGS TO OUR COUNTRY, AND THIS SMALL PIECE OF AMERICA REPRESENTS WHAT WE’LL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE TOGETHER. WE’LL NEVER STOP EXPLORING. AND SO BOB AND DOUG CAN TAKE THIS VERY SPECIAL FLAG HOME TO EARTH WHERE ITPU(RS ITS NEXT JOURNEY TO THE COSMOS. IN A FEW YEARS, THE FIRST ORION CREW WILL TAKE THIS FLAG. I’LL BE WATCHING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE IN AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD. I CAN’T WAIT TO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW AND SEE MY FRIENDS ON CLOSE APPROACH.GO FALCON 9, GO DRAGON AND GO BOB AND DOUG. I’LL SEE YOU SOON. >> AND THERE AGAIN IS A LIVE LOOK AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A AND KENNEDY SPAC;q]’FfJ’op:VJFokK= 35 MINUTES. IF THE WEATHER OH COOPERATES TODAY, TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, LELAND, YOU’VE BEEN THERE TWICE AND I KNOW JUST FROM WHAT YOU’VE TOLD US, IT’S THIS LEVIATHON IN SPACE AND THE SITE OF SO MUCH IMPORTANT WORK. >> CHRIS CASSIDY IS UP THERE FLOATING IN THE COLUMBUS LABORATORY THAT I INSTALLED, A TEAM OF US INSTALLED ON STS122. THINK ABOUT USING THIS ROBOTIC ARM MADE IN CANADA, THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY LABORATORY AND MY JOB WAS TO USE THAT ARM AND ATTACHED IT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. AS I GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER, THE MOTION JUST STOPPED. I AM LIKE WHAT’S GOING ON. THERE ARE INDICATORS WITH A VY SLIGHT SPRING FORCE THAT I WAS MOVING SO SLOWLY WITH THE HAND CONTROLLER THAT THAT SPRING FORCE STALLED OUT THE MOTION. PEGGY LIPTON WAS BEHIND ME AND SAID — >> WEATHER UPDATE, I THINK.>> GO AHEAD. >> HEY, DOUG, WE’RE STILL WAITING FORCE A WEATHER UPDATE EXPECTED AT 18 ZULU. THEREFORE THE NEXT ASSESSMENT WILL BE CLOSER TO2THE PROPELLAT LOAD TIME. WE ARE CURRENTLY NO GO ON LAUNCH WEATHER BUT SHOWING AN EXPECTED CLEAR OF 18:30 ZULU. >> OK, COPY ALL, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE. >> SO WE JUST HEARD IF THEY WERE TO LAUNCH RIGHT NOW, THE WEATHER WOULD BE NO GO, HOWEVER SOUNDS LIKE THERE MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY IF THE WEATHER CLEARS AS IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY EXPECT IT MAY, SO AGAIN, WE’RE GOING TO KEEP LISTENING AS WE CONTINUE TALKING. IF WE START TO HEAR ANY KIND OFz CHATTEREz ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE WEATHER, WE’RE GOING TO DO HOUR BEST TO QUIET DOWN SO WE DON’T STEP ON THAT AND EVERYONE CAN HEAR IT WITH US. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE WORK ON STATION AND PEGGY WAS GETTING READY TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. >> THE COLUMBUS LABORATORY STALLED OUT. >> WE HAD THIS MEAL WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, RUSSIAN, GERMAN, FRENCH, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, ASIANJAMERIC.>> HOPEFULLY WE’LL HAVE THE FIRST INTEGRATED FLIGHT AT THE END OF 2021. I’M TELLING YOU, THAT IS GOG TO BE A MOMENT. >> THAT WILL BE EXCITING. THERE WILL BE A THUNDER,H5 BOOM RIGHT HERE AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. HOW DID THAT GET TO THE END POINT? >> THAT’S WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT THE ARTEMUS PROGRAM, OUR LONG TERM VISION IS TO GET TO MARS. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ARTEMUS, EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING AT THE MOON IS HELPING US LEARN, WORK THROUGH THE RIGHT MISSION DURATIONS, UNDERSTAND HOW TO UTILIZE THE MISSION OF THE MOON SO THE SCIENCE,O: ARCHITECE WE’RE PUTTING TOGETHER, EACH AND EVERY PIECE OF IT IS HELPING US PROOF OUT MORE TO TAKE THAT NEXT GIANT LEAP TO MARS. EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING HELPS PREPARE TO US MOVE ON TO MARS. >> HOW DOES THAT HELP US FOR MISSIONS TO THE MOON? >> I THINK ANYTIME YOU’RE LAUNCHING HUMANS, YOU’RE LEARNING, TAKING WHAT YOU LEARNED AND MOVING IT FORWARDO THE NEXT MISSION.IT’S ABOUT THE BUSINESS CASE. IT’S NASA MOVING FROM OWNING HARDWARE TO PROVIDING SERVICE. A FEW WEEKS AGO, MAN, WE AWARDED THREE CONTRACTS ON THE HUMAN LANDING SYSTEM TO COMMERCIAL COMPANIES, AND SO WE’RE HOPING THP WE MOVE TO A DAY WHERE WE’RE ACTUALLY BUYING A SERVICE TO GET OWr ASTRONAUTS BACK AND FORTH TO THE MOON, ENABLING TE COMMERCIAL MARKET TO GO ALL THE WAY OUT TO LUNAR ORBIT. COMMERCIAL CREW HELPS US PROOF OUT(TIAT BUSINESS CASE, BUILD THE PARTNER SHIPS AND FEED FORWARD TO THE MOON. THIS MEANS A LOT AS WE MOVE OUT. >> IT’S EXCITING WHEL YOU TALK ABOUT THE COMMERCIAL ASPECT GOING TO THE MOON AND THOSE PARTNERS.THEY’RE GOING TO BE STUDYING THOSE LANDERS TO SEE IF THEY AR VIABLE FOR NASA. >> YEAH, WORKING THROUEh A TREMENDOUS PROCESS WITH THE COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS AND NASA )UNEERS, GOING OFFICIAL DESIGNS RIGHT NOW, LOOKING AT THE CAPABILITIES THEY PROPOSE AND TRYING TO MAKE DECISIONS ON WHICH LANDING SYSTEM GOES EARLY IN 2024, WHICH PREPARED FOR SUSTAINABILITY)OUT IN THE LATER 20’S, SO THAT IS GOING TO BE AN ONGOING PROCESS THIS YEAR MOVING ON THROUGH THE NEXT.IT’S GOING TO BE EXCITING TO SEE WHAT COMES OUT, THIS IS THE LANDER THAT IS GOING TO TAKE THE FIRST WOMAN AND NEXT MAN TO THE MOON IN 2024. >> SINCE THE TIME OF PALO, AND THAT PROGRAM ULTIMATELY CAME TO AN END. THE IDEA HERE, THOUGH, IS TO TRY TO CREATE SUSTAINABILITY. >> SUSTAINABILITY, YOU CAN GET TO SUSTAINABILITY IF YOU HAVE REUSABILITY.THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING WITH COMMERCIAL CREW WAR SURE. YOU THINK ABOUT THE LANDING SYSTEM, A SYSTEM WE PUT OUT. IT’S GOING BACK AND FORTH, BACK UP TO GATE WAY, YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH THIS, OUR SMALLER STATION. WE ARE BUILDING AN ARCHITECE THAT IS GOING TO ENABLE REUSABILITY AT THE MOON. APOLLO NEVER HAD TO. DRIVING DOWN COST, REUSABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF POLITICAL. >> YOU GET TO SEE EVERYTHING FROM A VERY HIGH LEVEL AT N. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE HERE TO WATCH A LAUNCH AND SEE THIS AMAZING FACILITY WITH ALL OF THIS HAPPENS? >> SOMETIMES PEoP$E THINK SINCE I WORK AT NASA I’M AROUND THIS STUFF ALL THE TIME.I’M NOT. I DON’T GET TO COME DOWN HERE NEARLY AS OFTEN AS I’D LIKE. IT’S EXCITING, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE HARD WORK OUR TEAM HAS PUT IN TO THIS DAY TO COME DOWN AND BE A PART OF IT WITH THEM IS JUST OVERWHELMINE AND INCREDIBLE. SO, WE’RE JUST A LITTLE BIT EXCITED. >> ALL RIGHT. NASA’S CHIEF OF STAFF, WE APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US TODAY AND ENJOY THE LAUNCH. I CERTAINLY KNOW YOU WILL IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GET THAT ONE OFF. WE ARE GOING TO TOSS THIS NOW TO HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA. > SPACEX’S FUTURE AMBITION TO VISIT THE MOON AND MARS, THANS FOR JOINING US FOR A SECOND ROUND. : I WORKED FOR MANY YEARS ON THE SAME THING FOR FALCON, SO HOPEFULLY TODAY, YOU’LL SEE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE LANDINGS. >> AWESOME.SPEAKING OF THAT, WHAT ROLE DS REUSABILITY PLAY IN GETTING PEOPLE TO THE MOON AND MARS IN THE FUTURE? >> WELL, IT’S REALLY ALL ABOUT MAKING HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT AFFORDABLE AND WHAT YOU WANT FOR THAT IS A 100% REUSABLE ROCKET. FALCON IS ONLY PARTIALLY REUSABLE. THE STARSHIP IS GOING TO BE 100 REUSABLE. WE’VE STARTED WORKING WITH NASA TO SEND ASTRONAUTS TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1972. IT WILL BE REFUELABLE IN ORBIT. THAT WILL LET US SEND PEOPLE BASICALLY ANYWHERE IN THE SOLR SYSTEM WITH MORE PAYLOAD FOR LESS MONEY THAN PEOPLE HAVE BEE CONTEMPLATING. FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE CAN SERIOUSLY TALK ABOUT LUNAR BASES OR WHAT SPACEX CARES ABOUT MOST, A SELF SUSTAINING CIVILIZATION ON MARS. > YOU ARE SAYING I’LLN OPPORTUNITY SOON TO GET ABOARD ONE OF THOSE SPACE SHIPS.>> I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. >> SPEAKING OF USABILITY AND LANDING, I KNOW YOU MENTIONED STARSHIP WILL BE REFUELABLE IN ORBIT, BUT FALCON DOES COME BACK AND LAND BACK ON EARTH. WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES WITH LANDING, ACTUALLY LANDING ON THE MOON AND LANDING ON A PLANET LIKE MARS? >> YEAH, WELL, YOU CAN’T LAND LIKE A PLANE, BECAUSE THE MOON AND MARS EITHER HAVE NO ATMOSPHERE OR HAVE A VERY THIN ATMOSPHERE AND EVEN IF YOU COULD, THERE’S NO RUNWAY THAT SOMEONE’S BUILT FOR YOU. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WE DO LANDING ON FALCON. WE WANT TO FIGURE OUT PROPULSION LANDING. IF YOU HAVE A THICK ALSO MEE LIKE EARTH, YOU LET THE ATMOSPHERE SLOW YOU DOWN AS YOU FLOAT DOWN AND DO A SHORT LANDING BUT IN MARS, WHICH HASA VERY THIN ATMOSPHERE, YOU DO SOMETHING IN BETWEEN TWO.>> THAT SOUNDS REALLY DIFFICULT AND I’M SURE THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF EFFORT PUT INTO THAT. CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING. >> FIGURING OUT PROPULSION LANDING IS A KEY PART OF IT. WHAT PEOPLE?XSPV NOT REALIZE IS EVERY TIME WE BRING SOMEONE BACK. DOOR TO ONE DAY ALLOWING THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO VISIT PLACES LIKE THE MOON AND MARS. AS YOU’VE HEARD THROUGH SEVERAL INTERVIEWS TODAY, REUSABILITY IS A REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THAT. IMAGINE IF EVERY TIME YOU FLEW PLANE FROM L.A. TO NEW YORK, YOU THREW IT AWAY AT THE END OF THE &IGHT. THAT WOULD MEAN ESSENTIALLY AIRLINE TRAVEL WOULD BE TOO EXPENSIVE, COSTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A FLIGHT AND ALMOST NO ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO THAT’S WHAT SPACEX IS TRYING TO DO WITH REUSE, ALLOWING NOT JT A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GO BUT HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF REGULAR FOR EXAMPLE LIKE YOU AND ME TO BE ABLE TO GO TO SPACE.MYSELF, YOU KNOW, WHEN PEOPLE LIKE ME HAVE A CHANCE TO GO, I KNOW MY DREAM IS TO LAND ON JUPITER’S MOON, EUROPA. SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THERE IS A LIQUID. I’M ENTER EXCITED TO GET CLOSE AND PERSONAL TO MAYBE SHSPACE FISH. LELAND, WHAT ABOUT YOU, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? >> WOW, THAT’S A PRETTY INTERESTING DESTINATION. I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO MARS. WE STUDIED MARS SO MUCH AND LOOKED AT IT AND I THINK MAYBu HAVING A MARTIAN BASE TO IS DOG FRIENDLY, BRING THE PUPS ALON, BECAUSE AS WE EXPLORE, WE WANT TO TAKE OUR FAMILIES, CULTURE, TRADITIONS WITH US AND FLYING WITH DOUG AND BOB IS COOL, BUT HAVING MORE PEOPLE. >> THERE’S THE DOG! >> THE. PUPPERS, TAKING THEM O SPACE.>> YOU LOOK READY TO GO. >> THEY ARE READY TO GO. WE NEED SPACEX TYPE SUITS FOR THEM. THEY TOOK EVERYTHING WITH THEM AND STARTED THESE NEW COMMUNITIES AND TRADITIONS. I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE DO WITH SPACE TRAVEL, >> IT’S MORE AMENABLE FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE. >> ABSOLUTELY. AND EVENTUALLY BEING ABLE TO >> WE’RE MAKING HISTORY AGAIN. THAT’S A PROGRAM. I’M THERE YOU WITH GUYS IN SPIRIT. BOB, DOUG, GOOD LUCK. I KNOW YOU WILL BE FINE. I’LL BE WATCHING AND THE GOT EVERYTHING CROSSED, ARMS, LEGS, I’M TIED TO A KNOT. >> IT’S THE FIRST TIME THEY’VE PEOPLE TO SPACE IN NINE YEARS. IT’S QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. MORE ROCKETS MEANS MORE EXPLORATION, MORE PEOPLE IN SPACE MEANS MORE EXPLORATION, MORE COUNTRIES INVOLVED IN THE ENDEAVOR OF SPACE FLIGHT MEANS MORE EXPLORATION. THIS IS HOW WE KNOW THE COSMOS AND OUR PLACE WITHIN IT. SO CONGRATULATIONS, SPACEX.HERE’S WISHING YOUR TEAM AND THE CREW ESPECIALLY A SAFE JOURNEY AND THE JOY OF DISCOVERY. LET’S GO! >> SO GREAT TO HEAR FROM WILLIAM SHATNER AND BILL NYE, TWO RECOGNIZABLE FACES FOLLOWING ALONG ON THE MISSION. WE WANT TO GO OVER TO DAN AND JESSE WHERE WE ARE ONE HOUR AND 18 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH. DAN, JESSE. >> THANKS, MARIA. ONE HOUR AND 18 MINUTES. WE’RE TYING OURSELVES IN KNOTS JUST LIKE CAPTAIN KIRK. WE’RE REALLY HOPING THE WEATHER COOPERATES. IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES WE MIGHT CLEAR SO WE’RE GETTING HOPEFUL. WE’RE GETTING OUR HOPES UP. >> YES, VERY, VERY EXCITED. WE’RE T-MINUS ONE HOUR AND 18 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH AND THE ANTICIPATION IS REAL OVER HERE. SINCE ARRIVING AT THE SPACECRAFT, BOB AND DOUG WERE HELPED BY ENGINEERS TO GET INTO THEIR SEATS AND ATTACH THEIR SEATS TO SPECIAL UMBILICALS THAT PROVIDE BREATHING AIR, PRESSURIZED, AND THEY CONDUCTED LEAK CHECKS WHICH WERE SUCCESSFUL AND COMMUNICATIONS CHECKS WITH THE CORE HERE IN HAWTHORNE, THE PERSON WHO WILL SPEAK TO THEM DIRECTLY THROUGHOUT THE MISSION AS WELL AS THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR IN FLORIDA.THIS IS WHERE THEY’RE CHECKING THE GROUND STATIONS AND THE TRACKING AND DATA RELAY SATELLITES THAT WE’LL USE TO TALK TO THE CREW THE ENTIRE WAY TO THE STATION. >> AFTER ALL OF THOSE SUIT LEAK CHECKS WERE SUCCESSFUL, THE CLOSEOUT TEAM WAS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE DRAGON CAPSULE AND SEAL OFF THAT HATCH WHICH ALSO GOT ITS OWN LEAK CHECK AND WAS CONFIRMED SUCCESSFUL. AT THIS POINT THE CLOSEOUT TEAM IS OUT OF THE PATH. THEY’RE AWAY FROM THE BDA, THE BLAST DANGER AREA, AND WEATHER OPERATORS ARE ABOUT TO KICK OFF THEIR FINAL CHECKS ON WIND SPEEDS AT THE PAD WHICH WILL BE USED FINAL THE FINAL GO, NO GO FOR LAUNCH SO WE’RE ALL KEEPING EYES ON THE WEATHER. BEFORE WE GET TO THAT FINAL GO, NO GO, ALL THE VARIOUS TEAMS WILL DO INTERNAL POLLS MAKING SURE CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT WITH FALCON 9, THE DRAGON, THE CREW, THE RANGE AND THE SPACE STATION BEFORE THE FINAL GO IS GIVEN. LET’S CHECK BACK IN WITH THE MAN OVER IN HOUSTON, GARY, FOR A STATUS ON THE TEAM SUPPORTING THE SPACE STATION FOR THEIR READINESS FOR LAUNCH.>> THANKS, DAN. THE TEAM HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON REMAINS GO FOR LAUNCH, WE’RE ALSO VERY HOPEFUL ABOUT THAT WEATHER. ALL SYSTEMS ON BOARD THE STATION THAT ARE REQUIRED TO BE HEALTHY FOR THIS MISSION ARE CONTINUING TO LOOK GOOD, CHRIS CASSIDY IS WRAPPING UP HIS WORK DAY AND WILL BE WATCHING BOB AND DOUG LAUNCH HERE IN JUST UNDER AN HOUR. STATION POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS ARE NORMAL. COMPUTERS AND NETWORKS USED FOR MONITORING DRAGON’S APPROACH HAVE BEEN CHECKED OUT AND THE CABINS AND THE STATION CABINS ATMOSPHERE AND PRESSURE ARE AS EXPECTED AND READY TO WELCOME TWO NEW CREW MEMBERS ABOARD. MISSION CONTROL WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORING BOB AND DOUG’S FLIGHT AND CHECKING OFF MILESTONES FOR MOST OF THE FLIGHT AND THIS VERY SAME TEAM WILL BE COMING BACK TOMORROW TO BE READY WHEN DRAGON GETS IN RANGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND WE BEGIN INTEGRATED OPERATIONS AND PREPARE FOR DRAGON’S DOCKING.I’LL SEND IT BACK TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TEAM HERE IS READY FOR LAUNCH. GO FALCON 9, GO DRAGON AND GOD SPEED TO BOB AND DOUG. >> ALL RIGHT. THANKS, GARY. IF YOU ARE JUST NOW JOINING US, YOU PICKED A REALLY GOOD TIME, WE’RE JUST A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR TO LAUNCH. WELCOME TO OUR COVERAGE FOR THE MISSION KNOWN AS DEMONSTRATION MISSION TWO OR DEMO TWO. LIFTOFF TIME IS STILL HOLDING FOR 3:22 P.M. EASTERN. TRACKING NO ISSUES WITH FALCON 9 OR DRAGON. EVERYTHING IS GOOD WITH THE RAIN SO FAR. WE’RE JUST REALLY KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT WEATHER. OVER THE LAST THREE HOURS, OUR CREW MEMBERS DONNED THEIR SPACEX SUITS IN THE HISTORIC CREW QUARTERS SUIT-UP ROOM. AFTER THAT THEY WALKED OUT OF CREW QUARTERS JUST AS EVERY NSA NAUT TO FLY HAS DONE. THE CREW DRAGON SPACECRAFT WE’RE LOOKING IN LIVE. >> TODAY IS A HISTORIC LAUNCH, THE FIRST TIME A COMMERCIALLY BUILT SPACECRAFT WILL LAUNCH PEOPLE INTO ORBITE AND THE FIRST TIME THE U.S.HAS SENT PEOPLE TO THE SPACE STATION FROM AMERICAN SOIL SINCE 2011 WITH THE RETIREMENT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM. OVER THE NEXT HOUR, WE WILL CONDUCT A SERIES OF POLLS TO GET READY FOR LAUNCH, HAVE BOB AND DOUG ON THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM AND BEGIN CEILING FALCON 9. LAUNCH IS SET FOR 3:22 P.M. EASTERN. THIS WILL INCLUDE A 12-MINUTE FLIGHT TO ORBIT AND THEN A 19-HOUR FLIGHT TO DOCK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TOMORROW MORNING. >> TODAY’S MISSION IS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF WORK BETWEEN TEAMS AT SPACEX AND NASA. DEMO 2 WILL BE AN END-TO-END FLIGHT TEST STARTING WITH THIS LAUNCH TODAY GOING ON TO DOCK WITH THE SPACE STATION TOMORROW AND THEN SPLASHING DOWN AT THE THE END OF THEIR MISSION. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE FINAL TEST FOR NASA TO CERTIFY SPACEX FOR REGULAR CREW FLIGHTS TO THE SPACE STATION. >> WE’VE BEEN HEARING A LITTLE BIT FROM THE CREW ON BOARD DRAGON WHICH YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR RIGHT SCREEN THERE, THEY ARE CURRENTLY STRAPPED INTO THEIR SEATS AND ALREADY THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS AND LEAK CHECKS.THEY’RE ABLE TO FOLLOW ALL THE MILESTONES STILL AHEAD ON THE DISPLAY PANELS JUST ABOVE THEM. GETTING INSIGHT INTO ALL DRAGON AND FALCON 9 SYSTEMS AS WE PROCEED TOWARDS LAUNCH. SO AT T MINUS ONE HOUR AND 13 MINUTES, LET’S CHECK IN WITH JOHN FOR A STATUS UPDATE ON THE VEHICLES. WHAT’S THE UPDATE, JOHN? >> THANKS, JESSE. WELL, NOT MUCH TO ADD TO WHAT THE DAMAGE JESSE JUST BROUGHT UP. WE’VE HAD A SMOOTH COUNTDOWN THIS AFTERNOON. THE SPACEX TEAM HAS NO ISSUES AS THE PACE BEGINS TO PICK UP IN THE LAST 70 MINUTES. ON FALCON 9 WE DID GET THE TEAM ON. EARLIER YOU HEARD THE CHEX BETWEEN THE ENGINEERS AND THE CREW. THE ENGINEERS WILL BE MAKIN CALLS FOR THE CREW’S BENEFIT. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY COULD HEAR THEM BEFORE WE GO. THE PROPULSION CHECKOUTS OF THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGES ARE BEGINNING RIGHT NOW. WE’RE WATCHING THEM BEGIN TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, OPENING VALVES. THAT CHECK WILL GO FOR ABOUT ANOTHER TEN MINUTES. AND THAT WILL BE OUR LAST ONE UNTIL PROPELLANT LOADING. NOW, THE TEAM WILL ASSESS READINESS FOR LAUNCH WITH A FINAL GO, NO GO POLL AT T MINUS 45 MINUTES AND THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY PROPELLANT LOADING STARTING AT T MINUS 35 MINUTES.EARLIER TODAY DRAGON OPERATORS ALSO PERFORMED A SERIES OF CHECKOUTS OF DRAGON’S FLIGHT SYSTEMS. THE SPACECRAFT IS ALSO CURRENTLY GO FOR LAUNCH. OUR NASA CREW, ASTRONAUTS DOUG HURLEY AND BOB BEHNKEN ARE CURRENTLY INSIDE DRAGON, THE HATCH IS CLOSED, THE SPACEX GROUND CREW HAS LEFT THE TOWER. THE NEXT MAJOR EVENT FOR DRAGON IS RETRACK TO THE CREW ACCESS ARM YOU CAN SEE CURRENTLY ALONGSIDE THE CAPSULE, THAT WILL HAPPEN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN T MINUS 45 AND T MINUS 42 MINUTES. THE RANGE IS CURRENTLY CLEAR FROM — FOR LAUNCH FROM HISTORIC PAD 39A. THE TRACKING DATA AND RELAY SATELLITES ARE READY AS IT HEADS INTO ORBIT. THE WEATHER IS THE ONE CONCERN. WE’LL GET A WEATHER BRIEFER AT T MINUS ONE HOUR, 12 MINUTES FROM NOW. THE GROUND AND UPPER ALTITUDE WINDS ARE GO, THAT’S ONE THING WE CAN CHECK AS GREEN. AT THE CURRENT TIME, WE DID HAVE SOME RAIN EARLIER THAT APPEARS TO HAVE LET UP BUT WE ARE RED ON CONDITIONS FOR BOTH THE ELECTRIC FIELD AT SURFACE LEVELS, LIGHTNING AND CUMULUS CLOUDS. THERE IS AN EXPECTATION THAT A FORECAST THAT WILL BE COMING UP AT ABOUT T MINUS ONE HOUR ALSO, MAY GIVE US CLEARANCE OF THOSE CONDITIONS.SO EVERYTHING IS FOCUSING NOW ON THE WEATHER BRIEF AT T MINUS ONE HOUR. ALSO WE SHOULD HOPE TO HEAR ABOUT THE FINAL CHECK ON THE COR CORRIDOR, THE WEATHER ALONG THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD IN CASE DRAGON HAD TO ABORT ON THE WAY TO SPACE. THE CONDITIONS THERE HAD BEEN MARGINAL BUT THE EXPECTATION IS THAT IT WILL BE GOOD FOR LAUNCH BUT WE’LL GET ALL OF THAT COMING UP VERY SHORTLY PRIOR TO ENTERING PROPELLANT LOAD. TODAY WE ARE AIMING FOR A LAUNCH AT 3:22:45 P.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME, 19 HOURS 22 MINUTES 45 SECONDS UNIVERSAL TIME. ONCE WE BEGIN A LOTTING PROPELLANT, THERE’S NO OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE T ZERO. ONCE PROPELLANT IS LOADING, WE’RE COMMITTED. CURRENTLY AT T MINUS ONE HOUR TEN MINUTES 30 SECONDS, EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE WEATHER IS GO FOR LAUNCH. >> THANKS, JOHN, FOR THAT DETAILED UPDATE. WE’VE GOT AN EXTENSIVE HISTORY NOW OF FLYING FALCON 9 FROM THE FLORIDA COAST AND JUST LAST YEAR COMPLETED A TEST RUN OF THE MISSION WE’RE LESS THAN AN HOUR FROM BEGINNING HERE TODAY.>> THE PURPOSE OF THAT MISSION WAS TO DEMONSTRATE DRAGON’S CAPABILITY TO SAFELY AND RELIABLY FLY TO AND FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE SUCCESS OF DEMO ONE WAS A REALLY EXCITING MOMENT. LEADING US TO THE MISSION TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. AND RIGHT NOW WE’RE GETTING READY TO FLY U.S. ASTRONAUTS FROM U.S. SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011. >> DRAGON AND FALCON 9 TOGETHER HAVE YEARS OF OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCE OR WHAT WE REFER TO AS FLIGHT HERITAGE. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, SPACEX HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED 21 FLIGHTS OF DRAGON TO AND FROM ORBIT SINCE 2010 INCLUDING 20 TRIPS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.NOT ONLY HAVE WE CONDUCTED THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF TESTING, WE’VE ALSO ENHANCED AND ADDED A NUMBER OF SAFETY FEATURES TO DRAGON. >> WHAT WAS LEARNED WITH THE CARGO DRAGON WAS LEVERAGED IN THE DESIGN OF THIS NEW VEHICLE, IT’S FULL — AUTONOMOUS WHICH MEANS IT CAN BASICALLY FLY ITSELF AND ALSO FEATURES THE MANUAL OVERRIDE CAPABILITY JUST IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. >> MANY OTHER ENHANCEMENTS HELP TOWARDS LESS REFURBISHMENT TIME BETWEEN MISSIONS. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ADVANCEMENTS. >> 27 FEET TALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE TRUNK TO THE TOP OF THE NOSE CONE, CREW DRAGON IS COMPRISED OF TWO MAIN ELEMENTS. YOU HAVE THE CAPSULE, DESIGNED TO HOLD CREW AND PRESSURIZED CARGO AND THE TRUNK WHICH HOLDS UNPRESSURIZED CARGO AND THE SOLAR RAY. >> AND THE GUIDANCE NAVIGATION CONTROL SYSTEM, GNC. THE NOSE CONE REMAINS OPEN FOR DOCKING AND THAT’S UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF DRAGON AND THAT HELPS TOWARDS OUR REUSABILITY EFFORTS. >> THE NOSE CONE, THE TRUNK HAS ATTACHMENT POINTS FOR FALCON 9, THE DRAGON CAPSULE AND IT CAN HOLD CARGO. ON THE VERY OUTSIDE OF THE TRUNK, ONE-HALF CONTAINS A RADIATOR THAT PROJECTS HEAT FROM THE ACTIVE THERMAL CONTROL SYSTEM INTO SPACE, THAT’S THE WHITE PART AND THAT USES SPACEX’S NEW TILING TECHNOLOGY.THE OTHER HALF CONTAINS SOLAR CELLS USED TO CHARGE THE BATTERY. >> THOUGH WE ONLY HAVE TWO ASTRONAUTS ON BOARD TODAY, THE SPACECRAFT IS DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE UP TO SEVEN CREW MEMBERS WITH MODULAR SEATS THAT CAN BE REMOVED AND REPLACED BY ADDITIONAL CARGO. THE SEATS ARE MADE OF CARBON FIBER AND ARE CUSTOM SIZED FOR ANY CREW MEMBER FLYING ON BOARD. >> THE CONTROL PANEL CENTERED RIGHT BETWEEN THE PILOT AND THE COMMANDER SEATS HAS THE THREE TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAYS THAT GIVES THE CREW INSIGHT INTO DRAGON AND EVEN THE ABILITY TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE AND FLY IT MANUALLY. >> AND FINALLY, OUR SUPER DRACO LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM GIVES THE CREW THE ABILITY TO SAFELY ESCAPE FROM THE TIME OF THE LAUNC ALL THE WAY TO ORBIT. >> AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE BEYOND THE TEST FLIGHT LATER THIS YEAR, THE FIRST OPERATIONAL CREW MISSION FOR NASA WILL TAKE PLACE. >> CAPTAIN, REVIEW YOUR LAUNCH COMMIT CRITERIA AND INDICATE READINESS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. 54 PROPELLANT LOAD AND LAUNCH. >> THAT’S A GOOD SIGN.THAT’S THE DIRECTOR GETTING READY FOR 45 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH. BACK TO CREW ONE MISSION, THE NASA ASTRONAUTS AND THE JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY WERE CHOSEN TO SUPPORT THIS MISSION. >> TODAY DOUG HURLEY IS THE SPACECRAFT COMMENDER FOR THIS MISSION. HE PREVIOUSLY FLEW ON TWO SPACE SHUTTLE MISSIONS AS A PILOT ON STF127 AND 135 WHICH WAS THE FINAL SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT. HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT DOUG HURLEY. [ ] >> EXCITED? >> VERY EXCITED, YEAH. VERY EXCITED. >> FEEL READY, FEEL PUMPED? >> OH, YEAH. I THINK WE’RE READY. I THINK WE’RE CERTAINLY READY. >> JOINING THE SPACEX DEMO TWO TEST, HE IS A MARINE CORPS COLONEL A TEST PILOT. HE WAS SELECTED AS AN ASTRONAUT IN 2000. HE PILOTED SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR AND ATLANTA FOR STF135, THE FINAL SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION. INTRODUCING NASA ASTRONAUT DOUG HURLEY. [ Cheering and Applause ] >> IT’S A LIFE CHANGING PROCESS IN SO MANY WAYS TO FLY IN TO SPACE. IT’S JUST OVERWHELMING IN SOME RESPECTS. JUST A SENSATION, THE RUMBLING, THE SHAKING, THE ACCELERATION.MY NAME IS DOUG HURLEY AND I’M THE SPACECRAFT COMMANDER FOR THE DEMO 2 MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. IN WILL BE IF FIRST TIME THE DRAGON HAS A CREW ON BOARD SO THERE’S A MYRIAD OF OBJECTIVES WE WANT TO ACHIEVE FOR THIS MISSION. WHAT WOULD WORK ON ORBIT, WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK ON ORBIT, WHAT WOULD DEFINITELY WORK TO BE ABLE TO JUST HAVE THE ENTIRE INTEGRATED TEAM THAT’S GOING TO SUPPORT US GETTING TO AND FROM SPACE STATION, IT WAS REALLY NEAT BEING PART OF IT. WE ARE THE LUCKY ONES THAT GET TO FLY IT BUT WE CERTAINLY NOT FOR ONE SECOND TAKE FOR GRANTED THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT THAT SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAD TO PUT INTO THIS TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL.>> DOUG PERSONALLY, HE’S WORKED SO HARD. I MEAN, THROUGH HIS ENTIRE LIFE, TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. AS A TEST PILOT, THIS WOULD BE THE DREAM TO FLY A NEW VEHICLE. SO IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT HE GETS TO BE PARTED OF THIS MISSION, CRAFT COMMANDER AND GET TO SEE HIS DREAM COME TRUE FOR THAT. >> IT’S BEEN A LONG ROAD IN A LOT OF WAYS FOR NOT ONLY US BUT CERTAINLY FOR ALL THE FOLKS THAT WORK IN THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM AS WELL AS SPACEX IN OUR CASE, JUST WORKING TO GET TO THIS POINT.[ ] >> WE’RE A LITTLE OVER ONE HOUR, 3 1/2 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH. NOW LET’S LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE MAN SITTING NEXT TO DOUG HURLEY INSIDE DRAGON, NASA ASTRONAUT BOB BEHNKEN. >> MY CAREER HAS NASA HAS SPANNED A COUPLE OF DECADES AT THIS POINT. I ARRIVED WITH THE CLASS OF 2000, WENT THROUGH THE TRAINING PROGRAM PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE AND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, LEARNING THOSE SYSTEMS. HAVING LAUNCHED A COUPLE TIMES ON VEHICLES, THE SECOND TIME WAS DEFINITELY DIFFERENT THAN THE FIRST TIME. YOU CAN FEEL A LITTLE BIT GUILTY OF HEY, SHOULD I STUDY ONE MORE THING, IS THERE ONE MORE PIECE OF INFORMATION I SHOULD GET, AM I REALLY PREPARED OR NOT SO THAT’S DEFINITELY DIFFERENT BETWEEN WHERE I WAS ON MY FIRST FLIGHT AND WHERE I’M AT RIGHT NOW.>> FOR ME PERSONALLY AS A SPOUSE, WATCHING EVERYTHING THAT BOB HAS PUT INTO THIS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE DEDICATION THAT HE’S SHOWN, THE PERSEVERANCE IS PRETTY SPECIAL FOR BOTH OF US, THOUGH, THE WAY OUR MINDS WORK, IT WON’T BE UNTIL THE MISSION IS COMPLETE THAT YOU HAVE REALLY A CHANCE TO SAVOR IT AND CELEBRATE IT. THIS IS A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR AN AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER TO BE PART OF THE DEMONSTRATION MISSION OF A BRAND NEW VEHICLE. IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING. >> WITHOUT A PARTNER THAT HAS THAT SAME APPRECIATION, I THINK IT CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR SOME FOLKS. THERE’S A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF TIME THAT TAKES AWAY FROM FAMILY THAT MY SPOUSE APPRECIATES AND I LOVE HER FOR THAT.ON A DEEPLY PERSONAL LEVEL, I’M REALLY EXCITED THAT MY SON IS GOING TO GET A CHANCE TO SEE ME LAUNCH INTO SPACE. BEING AN ASTRONAUT HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF AN ABSTRACTION THING FOR ME BECAUSE HE’S SEEN ME DO IT IN OLD VIDEOS BUT HE HASN’T SEEN ME DO IT FOR REAL AND I’M EXCITED FOR HIM TO SEE THIS LAUNCH. >> REALLY MY ROLE ON THE DEMO 2 MISSION IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THIS VEHICLE TESTED AND EVALUATED SO THAT WE CAN MOVE ON TO MORE OPERATIONAL MISSIONS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF OBJECTIVES ON BOARD THE VEHICLES THAT WE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT IT’S GOOD TO GO. WE’LL MAKE SURE ALL THOSE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING DURING THE TEST FLIGHT SO THAT THE FUTURE MISSIONS WILL HAVE THEM AVAILABLE EVEN IF THEY DON’T PLAN TO UTILIZE THEM.THROUGH YEARS OF THE NASA TEAM HELPING TO SHARE THAT EXPERIENCE AND TEACHING THEM THE LESSONS THAT WE’VE LEARNED BY GOING THROUGH THIS, NOW THERE’S ANOTHER CAPABILITY IN THE U.S. BESIDES NASA TO OPERATE SOMETHING OF THIS MAGNITUDE. I WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE COMMERCIAL PROGRAM TEAM THAT’S WORKED TOGETHER TO GET TO THIS POINT WHERE WE’VE GOT VEHICLES IN THE LAUNCHPAD READY TO HEAD TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. [ ] >> IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE FLYING INTO SPACE, SPACE TOURISM COMPANY SPACE ADVENTURES CAN FLY FOUR PASSENGERS ON BOARD DRAGON AS EARLY AS NEXT YEAR AND IT’S NASA THAT IS MAKING PRIVATE ASTRONAUT MISSIONS TO THE SPACE STATION A POSSIBILITY. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE MISSIONS AND WE HOPE THAT YOU GUYS ARE ALL TOO. >> WE ARE JUST 20 SECONDS AWAY FROM T MINUS ONE HOUR. THIS IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG MOMENT THAT EVERYONE IS GOING TO WANT TO LISTEN TO.WE’RE EXPECTING A WEATHER UPDATE, OBVIOUSLY HOPING THAT THE WEATHER IS IMPROVING AND SO WE SHOULD FIND OUT IN THE EFFECTS TEN SECONDS OR SO. WE’RE GOING TO STAND BY FOR A MOMENT AND WAIT FOR THE CORPS TO GIVE BOB AND DOUGH A CALL. >> SPACEX, WE’RE AT T MINUS ONE HOUR. YOU ARE GO FOR SECTION SIX. READY TO REPORT GO FOR LAUNCH. >> THAT RIGHT THERE WAS A CALL FOR THE CREW TO REFER TO SOME OF THE PROCEDURES, THEY DO SOME FINAL CHECKS, CHECKING HARNESSES, HELMETS, JUST MAKING SURE THAT THEY’RE STRAPPED IN AND READY TO GO.ONCE THEY’RE DONE WITH THAT, THE CREW WILL REPORT THEIR READINESS FOR LAUNCH. >> SPACEX DRAGON IN SIX DECIMAL FOUR, BOB AND I ARE GO FOR LAUNCH. >> COPY. T MINUS 45. >> COPY. >> ALL RIGHT. THE CREW IS GO FOR LAUNCH. SO WE ARE INSIDE OF ONE HOUR. STILL WAITING FOR THE WEATHER UPDATE BUT THIS DAY IS ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. WE’RE RETURNING CREW LAUNCHES TO STATION FROM AMERICAN SOIL ON AMERICAN ROCKETS. IT’S BEEN ALMOST NINE LONG YEARS SINCE WE RETIRED THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM. I REMEMBER THAT DAY, I’M BEEN A LONG ROAD TO GET HERE, COUNTLESS HOURS BY THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS FROM NASA AND SPACEX. >> IT’S BEEN AN EXCITING WEEK BUT THIS LAST FINAL HOUR IS JUST SO EXCITING RIGHT NOW.TODAY’S MISSION WILL BE CREW DRAGON’S SECOND TEST FLIGHT AND ITS FIRST TEST WITH HUMANS ON BOARD. IT’S BEEN AN AWESOME COUNTDOWN SO FAR. WEATHER, WE’RE STILL WAITING FOR THE UPDATE. IT’S STILL A WATCH ITEM BUT THE CREW IS GO FOR LAUNCH. AT T MINUS 45 MINUTES HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET AN UPDATE ON THAT WEATHER. >> WE’VE HAD A REALLY CLEAN COUNTDOWN SO FAR. SUIT-UP THREE HOURS AGO, HELPING BOB AND DOUG PUT ON THEIR SUITS, INCLUDING AN INITIAL PRESSURE AND LEAK CHECK BEFORE THEY GOT TO THE ACTUAL WALKOUT. ALL OF THAT DONE IN THE OPERATIONS AND CHECKOUT FACILITY. THE CREW WALKOUT WAS WHERE BOB AND DOUG GAVE THEIR FINAL GOODBYES TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY THE OPERATION AND CHECKOUT BUILDING BEFORE THEY BEGIN THE RIDE TO PAD 39A, A TOUCHING MOMENT.SAYING GOODBYE TO THEIR FAMILY. THEIR WIVES AND SONS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. >> VERY TOUCHING MOMENT. >> IT’S INCREDIBLE TO BE ABLE TO WATCH THESE MOMENTS. >> AS THEY GOT INTO THEIR TESLAS, WE GOT TO WATCH THEM RIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE PAD AND WE GOT SOME GREAT FOOTAGE THERE. AS YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN, THIS IS SOME PLAYBACK FROM EARLIER OF THEM GETTING INTO THOSE TESLAS ABOUT TO MAKE THAT DRIVE DOWN TO THE PAD. ONCE THEY GOT TO THE PAD, THEY DID TAKE A MINUTE TO TAKE IN IF SIGHTS AND THEY HEADED UP TO THE SIXTH SERVICE STRUCTURE TO BEGIN THE PROCESS CALLED TRUE INGRES WHERE BOB AN DOUG ENTERED AND THROUGH CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN AS THEY’RE COMING THROUGH THE CREW ACCESS ARM, ENTERING THE ROOM RIGHT BEFORE THEY WERE ABLE TO INGRESS INTO THE VEHICLE THERE.AGAIN, THIS IS FROM EARLIER. >> THIS IS ALL FROM EARLIER. AS WE SAID THAT, WHITE ROOM, THE LAST PLACE ON PLANET EARTH THEY’RE STANDING BEFORE THEY CLIMB INTO DRAGON FOR THE RIDE UP HILL. SPACEX CARRYING OVER A TRADITION NASA HAD. THAT WAS TRADITIONALLY THE ROOM FROM GEMINI, APOLLO AND THE SPACE SHUTTLE, THE LAST PLACE. ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO. WE’RE BACK WITH SOME LIVE VIDEO HERE. THE TEAM WAS ABLE TO CLOSE DRAGON’S HATCH WITH BOB AND DOUG SAFE INSIDE. WE ARE UNDER AN HOUR TO GO. THINGS ARE GOING TO PICK UP AS WE GET CLOSE TO THAT GO, NO GO TO BEGIN PROPELLANT LOADING AND ARMING THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. >> THE DRAGON PULL FOR PROP LOAD IS COMING UP HERE IN JUST ABOUT 30 SECONDS AT T MINUS 55 MINUTES.AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT WILL BE T MINUS 45 MINUTES, WILL BE THE ENERGY MISSION CONTROL HAWTHORNE POLL AND THEN THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR’S POLL FOR PROPELLANT LOADING. T MINUS 40 MINUTES, THE CREW AXIS ARM WILL RETRACT AND THEY WILL GET THE CALL TO CLOSE THEIR VISORS AND ARM THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. THIS IS THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM IN PLACE THAT CAN FIRE THE EIGHT THRUSTERS ON DRAGON TO SEPARATE ON THE FLIGHT DURING THE RIDE UP HILL. >> ONCE WE REACH T MINUS 35 MINUTES PROPELLANT LOADING FOR THE FALCON 9 WILL BEGIN. WE GOT THERE ON WEDNESDAY. WE GOT ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 17 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH BEFORE WE HAD TO CANCEL BECAUSE OF WEATHER. BUT WE’RE OPTIMISTIC RIGHT NOW.CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN IMPROVING AND SO WE’RE LOOKING TO PRESS AHEAD ONCE AGAIN INTO LOADING FUEL ON THE FALCON 9 ROCKET. THROUGHOUT THE COUNTDOWN WE’VE BEEN GETTING SOME INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF THE ASTRONAUTS INSIDE DRAGON JUST MAKING ALL OF THEIR FINAL PREPARATIONS, CLOSE-UP VIEWS OF THEIR SUITS AND ON THE DISPLAYS AS THEY ARE STRAPPED IN AND READY FOR LAUNCH. THE TEAMS OFTEN DESCRIBE THE SUITS AS AN EXTENSION OF THAT DRAGON SPACECRAFT. YOU CAN ALWAYS THINK OF IT AS A MINI SPACECRAFT INSIDE OF A SPACECRAFT. YOU’VE GOT ALL OF THE LIFE SUPPORT, EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED. >> COUNTDOWN, TECHNICAL POLL IS COMPLETE. NO CONSTRAINTS TO PROCEED. LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM ARMING AND PROPELLING — PROPELLANT LOAD. >> THEY ARE READY TO LOAD ON TO DRAGON AND WE ARE PUSHING FORWARD. WHILE THE SUITS DO LOOK GREAT, THEY ARE ALSO ENGINEERED TO CONNECT DIRECTLY INTO DRAGON’S SEATS TO PROVIDE COMMUNICATIONS, COOLING AND THE ABILITY TO PRESSURIZE IF NECESSARY. >> WE DID GET THE CALL-OUT THAT THE TECHNICAL TEAMS ON THE GROUND ARE READY FOR LAUNCH ESCAPE ARMING AND PROPELLANT LOADING. AGAIN, THINGS STARTING TO PICK UP. THINGS REALLY STARTING TO FEEL REAL. LET’S JUMP DOWN REAL QUICK TO THE TEAM AT KENNEDY AND SEE IF YOU GUYS ARE JUST AS EXCITED.I CAN’T SIT STILL RIGHT NOW. IT’S STARTING TO FEEL REAL. >> YEAH, IT’S HARD TO SIT STILL IN HERE, RIGHT, LEO? [ Laughter ] >> ROCKET FUEL GOING THROUGH MY VEINS STILL. >> IT’S AWESOME WHEN WE SEE THEM SITTING THERE IN THEIR SUITS. WE’RE LESS THAN AN HOUR AWAY NOW. SO FAR THINGS LOOK LIKE WE MIGHT MAKE IT. WE MIGHT MAKE IT. SO I WANT TO ASK YOU WHAT IT WAS LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU PUT ON A SPACE SUIT WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO SPACE.>> OH, THAT WAS FEBRUARY OF 2008, WE WERE IN THE ONC BUILDING GETTING THE PUMPKIN SUITS ON. A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE SPACEX SUITS, BUT IT WAS KIND OF SURREAL. AND TO THINK OF THIS, IT TOOK ME TEN YEARS OF TRAINING TO FLY IN SPACE. WHEN I GOT IN THE CORPS 1998 TO FEBRUARY OF 2008, IT WAS A LONG ROAD TO GET THERE BUT IT WAS SO WORTH AND IT SO SWEET. LEARNING HOW TO USE THE GREEN APPLE, THE CONNECTIONS FOR OXYGEN FOR COOLING, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THESE SUITS WE HAVE WITH SPACEX. IT’S A LOT MORE COMPLICATED TO GO THROUGH THAT WHOLE SERIES OF THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE SAFE IN THE SUIT BUT WE’RE EVOLVED, WE’RE READY AND THEY LOOK SO COOL AND CALM AND COLLECTED IN THERE, THEIR SUITS AND THE VEHICLE, THEY’RE FOCUSING AND GETTING READY TO SUPPLY IN SPACE. >> THERE’S SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. YOU GOT A MESSAGE FROM ANOTHER ASTRONAUTS. >> SONNY WILLIAMS. >> SONNY IS AWESOME. SHE WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUR WHO TRAINED WITH BOB AND DOUG FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM.>> AND SHE WAS ONE OF MY CLASSMATES. LOOK AT HER THERE. WHAT IS HE WEARING? MEATBALL! >> HEY, SONNY. SHE HAD TO WEAR ONE ON WEDNESDAY SO SHE WORE THE MEATBALL TODAY. BUT NOW SHE CAN WEAR THE WORM BALL. >> SHE CAN MIX IT UP. SHE’S TRAINING TO FLY ON THE BOEING STARLINE FROM HER THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. REALLY GLAD SHE’S WATCHING AND SHOWING SOME LOVE. THANKS FOR, SONNY, FOR SENDING THAT NOTE. WE’RE LOOKING AT A LIVE VIEW OF THE CREW DRAGON ON TOP OF THE FALCON 9 ROCKET. THE CREW ACCESS ARM TO THE RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN. THAT’S IS THE HALLWAY BOB AND DOUG WALKED DOWN TO GET INTO BEFORE THEY CLIMBED INSIDE DRAGONMENT LAUNCH COMPLEX OF 39A WHERE INSIDE AN HOUR FROM LIFTOFF AND I THINK WE’RE JUST A COUPLE MINUTES AWAY FROM THE POLL WE’RE GOING TO HEAR BEFORE THEY START PROPELLANT LOAD.AGAIN, A TWO-STAGE ROCKET THERE. GOSH, YOU GUYS, THE WEATHER LOOKS NOT THAT BAD. I MEAN, EVERYTHING OBVIOUSLY THAT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL FORECAST BUT IT DOESN’T LOOK QUITE AS BAD AS IT DID WEDNESDAY. WE’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT BETTER ODDS. THERE’S THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK. WE’RE GOING TO PAUSE TO LISTEN TO THAT COM. IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, WE ARE LESS THAN 50 MINUTES FROM THE SCHEDULED LIFTOFF OF THE FALCON 9 ROCKET CARRYING CREW DRAGON. IF WE START TO HEAR ANY KIND OF UPDATE ON WEATHER OR POLLING, WE WILL PAUSE TO LISTEN TO THAT. WE SHOULD BE HEARING THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR VERIFY GO FOR PROPELLANT LOAD ABOUT T MINUS 45 MINUTES.SO WE’RE GOING TO SEND IT OVER TO HAWTHORNE TO CARRY THE BALL. JOHN OR JESSE, ARE YOU THERE? >> THE WEATHER IS A GO AT THIS TIME. >> DRAGON COPY, GO WEATHER. >> THERE YOU HEARD THAT CALL OUT. SO FAR WE HAVE GOOD WEATHER. WE ARE GO FOR LAUNCH TODAY. THIS IS GETTING REALLY EXCITING. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, DAN, MY HEART IS BEATING PRETTY FAST RIGHT NOW. >> WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THOSE WORDS SINCE WEDNESDAY AND WE DID HEAR A CALL TO THE CREW JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THAT THEY WERE ONLY TRACKING ONE FINAL WEATHER CONSTRAINT. IT WAS A CUMULUS CLOUD. THEY WERE EXPECTING IT TO CLEAR UP WITHIN TEN MINUTES AND IT’S CLEARED UP NOW SO WE ARE CURRENTLY GO ON WEATHER.>> YES, IT’S BEEN PRETTY INCREDIBLE TO BE SO CLOSE TO LAUNCH AND THE ROAD LEADING UP TO THIS POINT HAS BEEN CREDIT INCREDIBLE AS WELL. >> IT HAS BEEN. IT’S BEEN A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NASA AND SPACEX. WE’VE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER SINCE SPACEX STARTED FLYING CARGO TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. NOW GETTING READY TO LAUNCH CREW. AND WE’VE BEEN REALLY FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH NOT ONLY A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BUT A LOT OF… >> CONTROL ROOM, WE’LL BE CLOSING DOORS HERE ONCE WE START WITH PROPELLANT LOAD AND ANY LAST-MINUTE OUTBREAKS, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND ACCOMPLISH THOSE IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES.>> THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR JUST GETTING THE TEAMS READY, WE’LL BE COMING UP ON THAT PROPELLANT LOAD AND THAT STARTS IN ABOUT 35 MINUTES PRIOR TO LIFTOFF. SO IN ABOUT 12 MINUTES FROM NOW. THERE’S GOING TO BE A GO, NO GO COMING UP REALLY SOON SO LET’S GO OVER TO OUR MAN, JOHN, FOR THE LATEST. >> IT’S T MINUS 47 MINUTES 24 SECONDS. WE’RE CONTINUING TO COUNT DOWN. THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR AND THE LAUNCH TEAM ARE PREPARING FOR THE READINESS FOR LAUNCH PULL.THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR IS CHECKING WITH DRAGON MISSION DIRECTOR AND NASA LAUNCH MANAGER FOR THEIR READINESS. IT SOUNDS LIKE EVERYBODY IS GOOD THERE. THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR WILL TELL HIM THE PULL IS OPEN AND THE MEMBERS WILL BE ELECTRICITY PULLED ALL THE WAY TO LAUNCH. WE’LL HEAR THAT RESULT AND THE BRIEFING FROM THE LAUNCH DIRECTOR IN ABOUT T MINUS 45 MINUTES. THE GOOD NEWS RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE WEATHER IS GO. ALL THE CONDITIONS THAT WERE READ SHORTLY A WHILE AGO, AT T MINUS ONE HOUR HAVE, CLEARED. THE WEATHER FORECASTER SAID WE’RE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC. >> PULL IS COMPLETE. WE’RE GO FOR PROPELLANT LOAD.>> WE GOT AN EARLY CALL-OUT THERE. >> RETRACT THE ACCESS ARM. >> ACCESS ARM RETRACTED, T MINUS 45 MINUTES. >> GOT AN EARLY CALL FROM SPACEX LAUNCH DIRECTOR MIKE TAYLOR THAT THE PULL IS GO. YOU ALSO HEARD THE DIRECTION THAT T MINUS 45 MINUTES TO PREPARE FOR RETRACT OF THE CREW ARM. AS WE HEAR MORE DISCUSSION, WE’LL STOP AND LET YOU LISTEN IN BUT RIGHT NOW WEATHER FOR LIFTOFF, GROUND LEVEL WINDS ARE GOOD. 10 TO 15 MILES AN HOUR. WELL WITHIN LIMIT. UPPER ALTITUDE CONDITIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE. THE WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE CLEARED UP, THE LAST ONE BEING CUMULUS CLOUDS AND THE PROBABILITY OF VIOLATION IS SET AT 30% RIGHT NOW SO THAT’S 70% CHANCE OF GOOD WEATHER. WE’RE CONTINUING TO WATCH. THERE IS ABOUT A LESS THAN 10% CHANCE OF LIGHTNING. WE’RE ALSO WATCHING THE ABORT CORRIDOR OFF THE ATLANTIC COASTING IN CASE, FOR EXAMPLE, OF STAGE SEPARATION DRAGGINGEN HAD TO ABORT INTO THE OCEAN, THE CONDITIONS THERE ARE ACCEPTABLE. THERE’S NOT BEEN LIGHTNING LATELY. THE WEATHER WINDS ARE GOOD.LIGHT RAIN. IT IS GO BUT NASA IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THOSE CONDITIONS. >> T MINUS 45 MINUTES AND COUNTING. REMINDER ON HOLD AND LAUNCH ESCAPE PROTOCOL FOR NONURGENT NO GO CONDITIONS, THEY WILL APPROVE BOARDING LAUNCH OUT OF SEQUENCE AND PROCEED TO LAUNCH ABORT. FOR URGENT ISSUES AFFECTING THE THE SAFETY OF THE OPERATION, OPERATOR SHOULD CALLED HOLD, HOLD, HOLD. OPERATORS SHALL ALSO ADVISE LAUNCH DIRECTOR WHETHER STRUCTURAL BREAKUP FIRE IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. ON FIRE ALARM INSTRUCTIONS IN EVENT OF A FIRE ALARM, KEY OPERATORS PREVIOUSLY BRIEFED WILL REMAIN AT THEIR POST WHILE THEIR ALARM IS EVALUATED. IN THE EVENT THAT PERSONAL SAFETY I THREATENED, EVACUATE TO THE SOUTH EMERGENCY EXIT WHICH LEADS DIRECTLY OUTSIDE. AT THIS TIME WEATHER IS GO FOR LAUNCH. >> YOU CAN SEE ON THE SCREEN, WE’RE INSIDE T MINUS 44 MINUTES FIVE SECONDS. >> ACCESS ARM RETRACTING HAS BEGUN. >> SPACEX LAUNCH DIRECTOR HAS GIVEN THE FINAL BRIEF TO THE CREW. AND WE WILL BEGIN A PROPELLANT LOADING AT T MINUS 35 MINUTES.RIGHT NOW AT FALCON 9, WE’RE READY TO GET INTO PROPELLANT LOADING. DRAGON, CREW, GETTING CONFIGURED, SET UP. THE AMPLE IS PULLING AWAY. THE RANGE IS GO FOR LAUNCH. THEY CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE AREA AND THE SEASPACE. EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD. WE FINALLY HAVE GOTTEN GREEN ACROSS THE BOARD ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BUT WE CAN’T TAKE A DEEP BREATH QUITE YET. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH THE WEATHER ALL THE WAY DOWN TO T ZERO FOR US HERE AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND OUT IN THE ATLANTIC IN THE ABORT ZONES.EARLIER WE SAW MANY OF YOU FOLLOWING THE LAUNCH FROM THE UNITED STATES ON OUR HOT SPOT MAP. NOW THAT WE’RE INSIDE AN HOUR, WE’RE SEEING LARGE NUMBERS OF FOLKS LOGGING ON AND TUNING IN FROM COAST TO COAST AND AROUND THE WORLD. IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME WATCHING A LAUNCH LIVE, NOT COUNTING WEDNESDAY AND IF NOT, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN BEFORE? TELL US USING THE HASHTAG LAUNCH AMERICA FROM YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM. WITH THAT, T MINUS 42 MINUTES, 50 SECONDS, CONDITIONS ARE GO AND WE ARE COUNTING DOWN FOR AN ON-TIME LAUNCH. LET’S SEND IT BACK OVER TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AS THE ACTION BEGINS TO PICK UP ON THE PAD. >> DRAGON SPACEX, YOU ARE GO FOR SECTION 7, CLOSE VISORS AND ARM LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. >> WE WILL — SECTION 7, VISORS COMING CLOSED. >> THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK IS CONTINUING TO TICK. MY HEART IS CONTINUING TO BEAT 5 MILLION BEATS A SECOND, AND WE ARE GETTING SO, SO CLOSE.>> DRAGON 7.2, VISORS ARE CLOSED. WE’RE ARMING LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. >> COPY. >> AS YOU JUST HEARD, THE CREW IS ARMING IF LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM, THAT IS ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE LAST BIG MILESTONES PRIOR TO LIFTOFF, OTHER THAN NOMINAL FALCON OPERATION. >> JUST A MINUTE AGO WE SAW THE CREW ACCESS ARM RETRACT AND OBVIOUSLY WE JUST HEARD ON THE COMS BOB AND DOUG ARE GETTING READY TO ARM THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. THAT PROTECTS THEM ALL THE WAY TO ORBIT. WHEN FUELING STARTS JUST OVER SIX MINUTES FROM NOW, THEY WILL HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO ABORT TO SEPARATE FROM FALCON 9 NEITHER ON THE PAD OR EVEN AFTER LIFTOFF. THAT’S A CRITICAL SAFETY CAPABILITY. AND WE ARE GOING TO GO OVER TO HAWTHORNE NOW TO TAKE US THROUGH THESE NEXT MINUTES. JESSE. >> WE DID HEAR THAT CALL OUT THA THEY ARE ARMING THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. THEY DESIGNED IT TO BE THE SAFEST LAUNCH SYSTEM EVER FLOWN AND WE BROUGHT BACK SPACEX’S NICK PICONE.THANKS FOR JOINING US. >> HAPPY TO BE HERE, MONITORING THE LAUNCH WITH OUR RECOVERY AND GROUND OPERATIONS. >> AWESOME. NICK WAS OUR MISSION MANAGER FOR OUR TEST EARLIER THIS YEAR AND NOW WORKS ON STARLING TEAM. ON WEDNESDAY YOU TALKED ABOUT THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM. COULD YOU GIVE US A BRIEF SUMMARY. >> SURE. THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM IS OUR ULTIMATE SAFETY FEATURE TO KEEP BOB AND DOUG SAFE IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR FALCON ANOMALY ON THE PAD. THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO AUTOMATICALLY FIRE THE EITHER VEHICLE DETECTS A DANGEROUS CONDITION DEVELOPING. IF THAT HAPPENS, THE DRAGON WILL USE ITS SUPER DRAKEO ENGINES TO PUT THE CAPSULE OFF AND AWAY IN A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE FALCON. THE CAPABILITY IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. IT’S WHAT KEEPS THE CREW SAFE AND WE’RE NOW ACTIVE AND ARMED ON THE PAD WITH IT PROTECTING THE CREW. >> AS YOU MENTIONED, THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM ALLOWS THE DRAGON TO SEPARATE AND GET AWAY FROM THE VEHICLE. I BELIEVE IT GOES INTO THE OCEAN. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER IT LANDS SAFELY IN THE OCEAN? >> CORRECT.SO FOR MOST OF OUR FAILURE MODES, THE SUCCESSFUL END STATE IS DRAGON DEPLOYING PARACHUTES, SPLASHING DOWN SAFELY IN THE OCEAN. THE LAUNCH ESCAPE CAN HAPPEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS ON THE PAD OR ANYWHERE IN SIGHT OF THE ORBIT, IT COULD BE SPLASHING DOWN RIGHT OFF THE COAST OF CAPE CANAVERAL, IT COULD BE SPLASHING DOWN THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC. IF THAT HAPPENS, MAKE SURE WE CAN GET TO BOB AND DOUG AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THE SPACE FORCE’S 45th SPACE WING TASK FORCE 45 HAS PARARESCUE TEAMS STAGED AND READY A AROUND THE WORLD READY TO DROP IN AND RESCUE BOB AND DOUG AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. >> YOU MENTIONED THAT THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM WILL KEEP THEM SAFE ALL THE WAY UP TO ORBIT. WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE THERE AFTER DRAGON IS IN ORBIT? >> SURE. FOR ANY REASON IF WE’RE UNABLE TO DOCK TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, WE HAD SEVERAL PREPLANNED RETURN TRAJECTORIES WHICH WILL BRING THE CAPSULE DOWN TO A SPLASH DOWN POINT CLOSE TO SHORE WHY NASA AND SPACEX RECOVERY FORCES WILL BE WAITING TO RECOVER THEM. IT WILL OTHERWISE LOOK LIKE FOR A TOTALLY NORMAL RECOVERY OPERATION.THIS IS ONE OF TWO IDENTICAL CREW RECOVERY SHIPS SHIPS. THE LANDING SITE, WE WANT TO MAINTAIN AS MUCH FLEXIBILITY AS POSSIBLE. THERE COULD BE CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT BRING DOWN ONE SITE AND LEAVE THE OTHER UP. WE HAVE TWO IDENTICAL SHIPS, ONE IN THE ATLANTIC AND ONE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. WE CAN REDIRECT TO WHICHEVER SITE IS THE SAFEST OPTION FOR THE CREW AT THAT TIME. >> WITH THE VEHICLE IN ANY ALMOST ANY SCENARIO, IT SOUND LIKE THE VEHICLE WILL LAND INTO THE OCEAN. IT MAY LOOK LIKE A GENTLE LANDING INTO THE OCEAN BUT IT’S A PRETTY DYNAMIC EVENT HAPPENING. YOU MENTIONED THERE ARE TEAMS READY TO GO AND GO AND RESCUE THE VEHICLE AND THE ASTRONAUTS ON BOARD. HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT SCENARIOS THAT COULD HAPPEN? >> SURE. WE’RE LUCKY TO HAVE HAD ABOUT A DECADE OF RECOVERY EXPERIENCE WITH CARGO DRAGON ONE AND OUR PREVIOUS TRIPS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.THAT ALONG WITH OUR BOOSTER RECOVERY MISSION, WE’VE GOT A GREAT TEAM OF RECOVERY OPERATORS HERE WHO HAVE A LOT OF OFFSHORE EXPERIENCE WITH OUR SPACECRAFT. WE TOOK THAT EXPERIENCE, WE BUILT UP A NEW CREW RECOVERY SHIP, TWO IDENTICAL CREW RECOVERY SHIPS, WHICH HAVE A LOT OF THOSE LESSONS LEARNED BAKED INTO THE DESIGN OF THAT SHIP AND THE OPERATION. THE NEW SHIPS HAVE COMPLETE MEDICAL FACILITIES AND OPERATIONAL HELIPAD AND REDUNDANT COMMUNICATIONS, POWER AND PROPULSION TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE ROBUST AND READY FOR ANYTHING WE ENCOUNTER OFFSHORE. WE’VE ALSO DONE TONS OF TRAINING EXERCISES WITH SPACEX TEAM, THE NASA TEAM AND THE RESCUE FORCES PRACTICING CAPSULE RECOVERY, EMERGENCY SCENARIOS WHERE WE HAVE TO GET THE CREW OUT OF THE CAPSULE WHILE THEY’RE STILL IN THE WATER AND THE TAKING OFF AND LANDING FROM THE PAD MANY TIMES, SO WE MAKE SURE THE TEAM IS READY TO DO THAT. THEY’RE ALL STAGED AND READY. THEY FEEL READY TO SUPPORT AND WILL BE READY TO CALL ON US IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG TODAY.>> AWESOME. SOUNDS LIKE BOB AND DOUG ARE IN REALLY GOOD HANDS AND WILL BE SAFE NO MATTER WHAT OCCURS ON THE VEHICLE. THANK YOU, NICK, FOR JOINING US AGAIN FOR WALKING US THROUGH ALL OF THE DETAILS. I HOPE YOU ARE JUST AS EXCITED AS WE ARE FOR OUR LAUNCH COMING UP HERE VERY, VERY SHORTLY NOW. WE’RE GOING TO SEND IT OVER TO KSC TO LORNE. >> THANK YOU, JESSE. AS YOU JUST HEARD, FUELING IS ABOUT TO BEGIN AT T MINUS 35 MINUTES. WE ARE ABOUT 50 SECONDS AWAY FROM THAT. SO WE’RE GETTING REALLY, REALLY CLOSE TO THE FIRST LAUNCH OF ASTRONAUTS INTO ORBIT FROM AMERICAN SOIL SINCE 2011. THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM IS ARMED, WHICH AS YOU KNOW HAPPENS BEFORE FUELING AND DRAGON PROPELLANT LOAD, THAT’S THE PROPELLENTS THAT ARE INSIDE THE DRAGON CAPSULE, NOT THE ROCKET. PROP LOAD FOR DRAGON TOOK PLACE WEEKS AGO A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD IN DRAGONLAND, IN THOSE PROPELLANT, THE FUEL THAT WE USE, IT’S HYPERGOLIC AND NTO, NITROGEN TETRAOXIDE, THOSE TWO COME TOGETHER AND THEY IGNITE IN SPACE TO PROPEL THE VEHICLEO IGNITE BECAUSE HYPOGOLLIC PROPELLENTS DON’T REQUIRE IT.YOU JUST KEEP THE FUEL AND OXIDIZE IT. PROPELLANT LOAD HAS STARTED ON FALCON 9. THE SYSTEM FEEDS ALL OF THE ENGINES ON DRAGON SO DRAGON HAS 12 SERVICE SECTION ENGINES. THREE IN EACH QUAD. THREE, THREE, THREE, THREE. THOSE ARE USED FOR ON-ORBIT MANEUVERING FOR DRAGON AND THERE’S FOUR ADDITIONAL UNDERNEATH THE NOSE CONE FOR LARGE MANEUVERS THAT THE VEHICLE PERFORMS. BUT THE ENGINES ARE SUPER DCACO ENGINES. WE HAVE TWO IN EACH QUAD OF THE VEHICLE SO EIGHT TOTAL AND THOSE ARE BIGGER ENGINES WITH A HIGH FLOW PROPELLANT SYSTEM AND THOSE WHAT ARE LIFT DRAGON OFF A FALCON 9 IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES US TO GET OFF OF FALCON.YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER MERCURY, APOLLO, SOYUZ, THEY HAVE THE BIG POINTY TOWER ON TOP. THAT’S THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM FOR THOSE VEHICLES. IT’S ACTUALLY JUST ANOTHER ROCKET ON TOP OF THE SPACESHIP THAT LIFTS THE VEHICLE OFF. IN THE CASE OF DRAGON, OUR ESCAPE SYSTEM IS INTEGRATED INTO THE VEHICLE COMPLETELY. THAT’S ONE LESS THING YOU HAVE TO JETTISON EVERY SINGLE FLIGHT BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO HAVE ESCAPE CAPABILITY FROM THE PAD BEFORE T ZERO ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO ORBIT. EVEN IF AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE IF WE NEEDED TO GET OFF STAGE TWO WHILE WE’RE IN SPACE, WE COULD ACTUALLY ESCAPE TO ORBIT. THAT’S ESCAPE SYSTEM FOR LITTLE BABY DRAGON HERE. >> THANKS FOR WATCHING US THROUGH THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT CRITICAL SAFETY CAPABILITY AND THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT. WHEN WE HEAR THAT LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM IS ARMED, WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT IN AN INSTANT, THEY CAN SEPARATE FROM FALCON 9, SHOOT UP INTO THE AIR AND SPLASH DOWN SAFELY IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN UNDER DRAGON’S PARACHUTES.IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO THAT. NOW THAT FUELING IS UNDERWAY, IT’S BEEN GOING ON IF FOR TWO MINUTES. THEY HAVE THAT SAFETY CAPABILITY READY TO GO ON STANDBY IN AN INSTANT IF THEY NEED IT. WE WANT TO GO OVER TO HAWTHORNE NOW FOR AN OPERATIONAL UPDATE. >> HAD FUEL TRACKING NORMALLY. >> WE’RE AT T MINUS 32 MINUTES, COUNTING DOWN THE FINAL MINUTES. EVERYTHING STILL LOOKING GOOD FOR FALCON 9 AND DRAGON FOR AN AN-TIME LAUNCH. PROPELLANT LOAD AT T MINUS 39 MINUTES AS PLANNED.WE USE FUEL AND OXIDIZERS ON THE PROPELLANTS THAT POWER IT. RP1 IS ROCKET PROPELLANT GRADE ONE KEROSENE. THE OXIDIZER IS DENSIFIED LIQUID OXYGEN, IT IS KEPT MUCH COLDER THAN TYPICAL FOR LAUNCH VEHICLES. THIS ALLOWS FOR MACHINE OXIDIZERS TO BE LOADED INTO THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGES. WITH THE FUEL AND OXIDIZER ON HAND WE NEED AN IGNITION SOURCE TO COMPLETE THAT FIRE TRIANGLE. FALCON 9 USES A FUEL THAT IGNITES IN THE PRESENCE OF OXYGEN AND GIVES OFF A GREEN COLORED FLAME. IT’S HARD TO SEE ON THE FIRST STAGE IGNITION DUE THE WATER SPRAYING ON THE PAD BUT YOU MIGHT JUST SEE THE GREEN FLARE AS THE SECOND STAGE ENGINE IGNITES FOLLOWING STAGE SEPARATION OVER 2 1/2 MINUTES INTO FLIGHT. CURRENTLY FIRST STAGE FUEL TANK IS ABOUT 10% FULL. THE FIRST STAGE AS A REMINDER AS YOU LOOK ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN, THE FIRST STAGE IS THE LONG WHITE CYLINDER AT THE BOTTOM TOPPE OFF BY THE BLACK.WE’RE ALSO LOADING THE LIQUID OXYGEN INTO THE FIRST STAGE ALSO. THE SECOND STAGE WHICH IS THE TOP ONE-THIRD BETWEEN THE DRAGON AND THE BLACK CYLINDER, THAT’S THE WHITE SECOND STAGE, THAT IS BEING LOADED WITH FUEL RIGHT NOW. THAT’S ABOUT 8% LOADED AT THIS MOMENT. LIQUID OXYGEN LOADING IS GOING TO BEGIN ON SECOND STAGE AT T MINUS 16 MINUTES 30 SECONDS. LIQUID OXYGEN LOADING WILL CONTINUE ON BOTH STAGES ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF THE COUNT. WE’RE ALSO LOADING HELIUM INTO PRESSURE VESSELS ON THE STAGES, THAT’S USE TO PRESSURIZE TANKS IN FLIGHT AS THE PROPELLANT IS PULLED OUT BY THE STRONG TURBO PUMPS. ON BOARD THE DRAGON SPACECRAFT, ASTRONAUTS ARE MONITORING SYSTEMS WHILE THE PROPELLANT IS LOADED INTO FALCON 9. WHILE WE MENTIONED WE TRAINED THEM WITH SOUNDS WE RECORDED ON BOARD, THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH MOST OF THE PROPELLANT LOAD AND THEY ARE NOW EXPERIENCING THOSE SOUNDS AND VIBRATIONS.THEY REPORT NO PROBLEMS. THEY ARE GO TO SUPPORT LAUNCH. WEATHER, THE LAST OF THE RED CONDITIONS, CLEARED UP ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO. EVERYTHING IS MARGINAL BUT ACCEPTABLE ON THE WEATHER. WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE COUNTDOWN. AS A REMINDER, TODAY WE ARE NOW INTO AN INSTANTANEOUS LAUNCH WINDOW NOW THAT WE’VE BEGUN PROPELLANT LEAGUED. AT THIS POINT IF WE HERE A HOLD FOR ANY REASON, WE HAVE TO STAND DOWN AND TARGET A BACKUP LAUNCH OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW, MAY 31. >> THANKS, JOHN. FOR DEMO 2, BOB AND DOUG’S FLIGHT TO STATION WILL TAKE ABOUT 19 HOURS AND THEIR JOURNEY IS FAIRLY SIMILAR TO THE TRIP OUR CARGO DRAGON MAKES TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BUT WITH TWO NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCES AND THAT’S DOCKING AND SPLASHDOWN. >> AS WE AWAIT T MINUS ZERO IN JUST UNDER 29 MINUTES FROM NOW THE GROUND OPERATIONS TEAMS ARE DOING A SERIES OF SYSTEM CHECKS TO MAKE SURE DRAGON AND FALCON 9 ARE BOTH READY FOR LIFTOFF. WE’RE CONTINUING TO GET LIVE VIEWS INSIDE THE CAPSULE WITH BOB AND DOUG AND THEY’RE NOW ALSO LOOKING INTO FIRE ROOM FOUR DOWN THERE AT THE CAPE.>> ONCE WE HIT T ZERO AND A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OCCUR WITHS WE’LL WATCH FALCON 9 AND DRAGON MAKE THEIR ASCENT UNTIL THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGE SEPARATES AND SENDS DRAGON ON ITS WAY TO THE DRAGON STATION. >> ON-BOARD OPERATIONS, THE VEHICLE WILL EXECUTE A SERIES OF BURNS THAT GRADUALLY RAISES ORBIT TO ALIGN MORE CLOSELY WITH THE SPACE STATION AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS ANIMATION. AND JUST AFTER PUTTING DRAGON INTO THE SAME ORBITAL PLANE AS THE STATION, THE TEAMS WILL GET READY FOR DRAGON’S APPROACH AND DOCKING MANEUVERING. >> THE NEXT DRAGON WILL MAKE ITS APPROACH AND ACTUALLY DOCK WHO THE SPACE STATION. THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT PROCESS FROM WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN THE PAST WHICH USES A PROCESS CALLED BERTHING, REQUIRING THE SPACECRAFT TO APPROACH THE STATION AND STOP SO THE CREW MEMBER CAN MANEUVER THE ROBOTIC ARM TO CAPTURE THE SPACECRAFT. DOCKING ON THIS VERSION OF DRAGONNING CAN BE ON THE AUTONOMOUS WITH NO CREW ON BOARD THE STATION. IT’S TYPICALLY A FASTER PROCESS BUT IT REQUIRES PINPOINT ACCURACY TO APPROACH.>> ONCE CAPTURED, THE SPACECRAFT GET ATTACHED TO A COMMON BERTHING MECHANISM. IT’S A LITTLE BIT SLOWER OF A PROCESS BUT THE HATCHES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER THAN THE DOCKING PORTS WHICH MAKES IT PERFECT FOR BRINGING UP BIGGER CARGO ITEMS. >> DRAGON WILL SPENT UP TO 120 DAYS DOCKED BEFORE PREPARING TO RETURN HOME. FOLLOWING THE CARGO LOADING OPERATIONS, THE CREW WILL CLOSE THE CABIN, PERFORM FINAL SYSTEM CHECKS AND CONFIGURE THE VEHICLE FOR UNDOCKING.DRAGON WILL COMPLETE TWO DEPARTURE BURNS, USING IT AWAY FROM THE SPACE STATION. >> NEXT UP ON THE TRIP. THE ORBIT ENTRY AND LANDING ORSPLASHDOWN WHICH IS GOING TO COVER ALL THE OPERATIONS, INCLUDING TRUNK SEPARATION, CLOSING OF THE NOSE CONE. DEORBIT BURN AND EVENTUALLY AS THEY GET INTO THE ATMOSPHERE, DEPLOYMENT OF THE PARACHUTES AND ALL OF THAT ENDS WITH SPLASHDOWN RIGHT OFF THE FLORIDA COAST. AT THAT POINT TEAMS FROM SPACEX WILL MOVE IN WITH THEIR RECOVERY SHIP, GRAB THE CAPSULE OUT OF THE WATER AND WORK TO GET BOB AND DOUG OUT OF THE DRAGON AFTER A SUCCESSFUL MISSION IN SPACE.WE ARE 26 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH, FUELING OF FALCON 9 IS CONTINUING. LET’S CHECK IN ONE MORE TIME DOWN WITH THE TEAM AT KENNEDY. >> WE’RE SO PUMPED RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THINGS HAVE CLEARED UP AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE MIGHT ACTUALLY DO THIS TODAY. WE’RE NOW 25:46 AND COUNTING FROM THE FIRST LAUNCH OF ASTRONAUTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FROM U.S. SOIL IN NINE YEARS. THIS WILL MARK THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA WHERE MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO FLY TO SPACE THAN EVER BEFORE. IF YOU COULD GO TO THE MOON, WOULD YOU RATHER VISIT THE SOUTH POLE WHERE NO ONE HAS BEEN BEFORE OR THE APOLLO 11 LANDING SITE, AND IT WAS A PRETTY EVEN SPLIT. WE HAD 46% OF YOU SAY YOU WOULD GO TO THE MOON’S SOUTH POLE AND 54% OF YOU WOULD GO TO APOLLO 11 LANDING SITE.I KIND OF SIDE WITH THE LANDING SITE BECAUSE I’M A HISTORY BUFF AND I WANT TO SEE WHERE NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN SET FOOT. WHAT DO YOU THINK, LAUREN, WHICH PLACE WOULD YOU GO? >> I’M WITH YOU ON THAT. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FLAG THERE AND THE FOOTSTEPS, THEY WOULD STILL THERE BE THERE. THERE’S NO WIND THERE UP. >> I THINK I’M WITH BOTH OF YOU. IT’S JUST LIKE THE MEATBALL. THE CLASSIC. GOING TO THE CLASSIC SPOT. THAT’S WHERE ALL OF IT STARTED. THAT’S WHERE ALL THAT WAS AN ANTENNA ENGINEER AND NOT SEEING IT. BESIDES THAT, THAT’S HISTORY. >> HOPEFULLY, MAYBE YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER. >> EXACTLY. WE’RE GOING TO LEARN MORE FROM GOING WHERE WE’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE.WE NEED TO GO TO THE SOUTH POLE TOO. WE ARE THRILLED TO SEE ALL OF YOU FOLLOWING ONLINE. THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THE POLL. TAHIRA IS MONITORING ALL THE ACTION WITH LESS THAN 25 MINUTES TO GO. I’M SURE THINGS ARE HEATING UP ONLINE. >> YOU’RE COMPLETELY RIGHT. NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT GO FOR LAUNCH, PEOPLE ARE ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEAT WAITING ON THIS HISTORIC MOMENT TO TAKE FLIGHT. AS YOU CAN SEE, PHOTOS ARE STILL COMING IN OF JUST EVERYONE AROUND THE COUNTRY SHOWING THEIR EXCITEMENT FOR THIS LAUNCH AND IT’S REALLY BEEN A TOUCHING THING TO SEE HOW EVERYONE HAS KEPT THE EXCITEMENT GOING FROM WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ATTEMPT. WE JUST TOOK A LOOK AT NUMBERS AND WE ARE NOW AT OVER 3 MILLION PEOPLE TUNING IN FOR THIS HISTORIC LAUNCH.I JUST WANT TO WISH BOB AND DOUG THE BEST OF LUCK. THIS WILL BE MY OWN FIRST TIME WATCHING HUMANS LIFT OFF TO SPACE FROM THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S JUST GOING TO BE A SUPER EMOTIONAL MOMENT. FOR THAT, MARIE, BACK TO YOU AT KENNEDY FOR THE LAST MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH. >> ALL RIGHT, THANKS. WE HAVE 23 MINUTES AND SOME CHANGE TO GO. WHAT YOU DO YOU THINK BOB AND DOUG ARE FEELING RIGHT NOW? >> I THINK THEY’RE VERY CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED AS TEST PILOTS BUT I THINK THEY’RE THINKING ACT WHAT ARE THE STEPS THEY’LL TAKE IF THERE’S A MALFUNCTION. THE NOMINAL STUFF IS ALLATE — AUTOMATED BUT THEY HAVE TO INTEGRATE WITH THE TOUCHSCREENS, THAT’S WHERE THEY’RE THINKING.>> WEDNESDAY WE WERE FIVE MINUTES FURTHER IN THE COUNTDOWN WHEN WE HEARD THE CALL TO SCRUB AND THE WEATHER WAS STILL VERY TOUCH AND GO AT THIS POINT ON WEDNESDAY. BUT TODAY, AT LEAST FOR RIGHT NOW, I DON’T WANT TO JINX IT, I’M AFRAID TO SAY IT OUT LOUD BUT IT LOOKS BETTER TODAY. >> YEAH, AND IT FEELS LIKE, WHOO, I’M FEELING IT A LOT MORE THAN I DID ON WEDNESDAY. SPEAKING OF BOB AND DOUG AND THEM BEING REALLY CALM AND COOL AND COLLECTED, HAVING HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TO WATCH THEM TRAIN AND TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS TO WORK WITH THEM EVERY SINGLE DAY, THE FEEDBACK IS ALWAYS WHAT GREAT PEOPLE THEY ARE. NOT JUST HOW BRIGHT AND SHARP THEY ARE BUT JUST GOOD PEOPLE. AROUND THE OFFICE WE OFTEN REFER TO THEM AS THE DADS. THEY’RE DADS. THEY ARE DADS.AND WE’VE MET THEIR FAMILIES AND WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE ON THAT VERY PERSONAL LEVEL, IT STARTS TO MEAN SO MUCH. THEY ARE A PART OF OUR TEAM. THEY’RE NOT A CUSTOMER. THEY’RE OUR TEAM. THEY’RE NOT A PAYLOAD. THEY’RE OUR TEAM. THEY’RE A FAMILY AND SO WE’RE JUST SO EXCITED TO SEE THE DADS UP THERE TODAY. >> GO DADS! >> ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO GO SEND IT OVER TO GARY FOR AN UPDATE FROM HOUSTON. GARY? >> HEY, MARIE. THE SPACE STATION TEAM HERE IS FOCUSED. ALL EYES ARE ON THE SYSTEM CHECKS THAT ARE HAPPENING ACROSS THE BOARD AND WE’RE LISTENING IN AS WE CLOSE IN ON LAUNCH. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THINGS ARE LOOKING VERY GOOD, CHRIS CASSIDY WILL BE WATCHING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.RIGHT NOW FLYING OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN, IT’S HEADING TO CROSS RIGHT OVER THE LAUNCHPAD. WE MIGHT EVEN GET SOME GOOD VIEWS FROM THE SPACING, HOPE TO BE CAPTURING THOSE. WE’LL HAVE THE LAUNCH VIEW IN THE BIG SCREEN UP FRONT AND EVERYONE IS EXCITED TO SEE OUR TWO CREW MEMBERS ON THE SWAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. BEFORE WE GET TO IT, I WANT TO PASS ON GOOD LUCK FROM THE ENTIRE FLIGHT OPERATIONS COMMUNITY HERE IN HOUSTON. IT’S ALWAYS EXCITING TO BE DOING SOMETHING WHOLLY NEW AND HISTORY-MAKING WITH STATION OPERATIONS AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE OUR TEAM MEMBERS BOB AND DOUG IN LOW-EARTH ORBIT AND HEADING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. BACK OVER TO TEAM AT HAWTHORNE FOR THE LATEST HAPPENING THERE. JOHN. >> T MINUS 20 MINUTES 30 SECONDS. WE’RE CONTINUING THE COUNTDOWN. EVERYTHING IS STILL LOOKING GOOD FOR LAUNCH OF FALCON 9 AND DRAGON. 22:45 AFTER THE HOUR. RIGHT NOW ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, YOU CAN SEE A LARGE WHITE CLOUD COMING OFF THE STRONG BACK. THAT IS NORMAL AS WE GET READY TO LOAD THE SECOND STAGE WITH LIQUID OXYGEN. WE HAVE TO CHILL IN THE PLUMBING LINES GOING UP THAT STRONG VAC.AS WE RELIEVE PRESSURE, THE MOIST, HUMID, FLORIDA A CONDENSES AROUND IT AND THAT GIVES YOU THE CLOUD. THAT TELLS US THAT THINGS ARE ACTUALLY ON SCHEDULE. WE DID BEGIN PROPELLANT LOAD. FUEL LOADING ON THE SECOND STAGE. WE JUST HEARD THE CALL-OUT THAT IT IS COMPLETE. FIRST STAGE FUEL LOAD IS CONTINUING AND RIGHT NOW THAT’S A LITTLE MORE THAN ABOUT 60% OF THE WAY FULL.THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD. SECOND STAGE IS GETTING READY TO BEGIN THE LIQUID OXYGEN LOADING AFTER THEY FINISHED THE LINES, THEY’LL BEGIN THE LOAD AT T MINUS 16:30. THE RANGE RIGHT NOW IS GO. READY TO SUPPORT. WEATHER CONTINUES TO BE GO. AS WE INCH OUR WAY CLOSER, WE’RE KEEPING OUR FINGERS CROSSED. WE’RE WAITING TO HEAR IF ANYBODY CALLS OUT AN ISSUE BUT FOR THE MOMENT AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE SCREEN, IT LOOKS GOOD. ON THE DRAGON SIDE, THE DRAGON MISSION DIRECTOR AND THE TEAM THERE ARE REPORTING NO ISSUES, THEY’VE DONE THEIR COMMUNICATIONS CHETS. THE CREW ACCESS ARM HAS RETRACTED AWAY FROM THE SPACECRAFT. THE CREW IS STRAPPED IN AND THEY ARE READY TO GO. FINAL INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE GOING TO THE CREW AT T MINUS TEN MINUTES. THE CREW DISPLAYS WILL BE CONFIGURED FOR LAUNCH AND THAT SETUP WILL GIVE ASTRONAUTS BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY INSIGHT INTO HOW THE LAUNCH IS PROCEEDING AND PROVIDE CONSTANT UPDATES ON VEHICLE HEALTH. WE’VE ALREADY HEARD THE CREW GIVE THEIR GO, CLOSE THE VISORS AND GET READY FOR LAUNCH. DRAGON WILL ENTER TERMINAL COUNT AT T MINUS FIVE MINUTES. WHEN IT TRANSITIONS THE INTERNAL POWER, WE’LL HEAR CONTINUED CALL-OUTS ON THE COUNTDOWN NET AS WE GET CLOSE TO ZERO AND LIFTOFF BUT RIGHT NOW AT T MINUS 18:15, EVERYTHING CONTINUES TO BE GO FOR AN ON-TIME LAUNCH.DAN, JESSE, THANK YOU ARE LOOKING PRETTY GOOD. HOW ARE THEY DOING OVER AT YOUR STAND? >> THINGS ARE GREAT FROM ABOUT 15 FEET AWAY FROM YOU, AND HONESTLY, THINGS ARE LOOKING PRETTY GREAT DOWN AT THE PAD THERE. WE’RE SEEING A LOT MORE BLUE IN THE SKY. GREEN IS THE COLOR WE WANT WHEN WE’RE TALKING ACT WEATHER AND THAT’S WHERE WE’RE SITTING RIGHT NOW. WE ARE UNDER 18 MINUTES AWAY FROM LIFTOFF. INSTANTANEOUS LIFTOFF AT 12:22:45 HERE ON THE WEST COAST. 3:22:45 OVER ON THE EAST COAST THERE IN FLORIDA.JUST A REMINDER, IT’S GOING TO BE ABOUT A NINE-MINUTE RIDE UP TO ORBIT FOR THE FALCON 9 AND BOB AND DOUG ON BOARD DRAGON. IT WILL BE A TWO-STAGE FLIGHT. SO WE’LL SEE THE FIRST STAGE FLY UNTIL WE HEAR MIEKO, OUR MAIN ENGINE CUT OFF ABOUT 2 1/2 MINUTES INTO FLIGHT. AFTER THAT THE SECOND STAGE WILL TAKE OVER AND CONTINUE TO POWER THEM THE REST OF THE WAY. SECOND ENGINE CUT-OFF COMES IN JUST UNDER NINE MINUTES ABOUT 8:44. FOLLOWING THAT SECOND STAGE COMPLETING ITS JOB, IT WILL CONTINUE TO COAST FOR ABOUT THREE MINUTES, IT WILL DO A SLIGHT ADJUSTMENT AND MAKE SURE IT’S NOT IN ANY KIND OF A SPIN BEFORE THEY DO SEPARATION.THAT’S WHEN THE DRAGON SPACECRAFT WILL PHYSICALLY SEPARATE FROM THE FALCON 9 VEHICLE AND BOB AND DOUG WILL BE FLYING FREE. IT’S ABOUT A 19-HOUR RIDE IF WE LAUNCH TODAY ON TIME. BOB AND DOUG WILL GET ON ORBIT. THEY’LL HAVE A NUMBER OF BURNS, THE FIRINGS OF THE THRUSTERS AT . >> STAGE TWO STARTED. >> THE LIQUID OXYGEN LOAD HAS NOW STARTED ON STAGE TWO. THEY’RE GOING TO BE DOING A SERIES OF BURNS ON THE WAY UPHILL TOWARDS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, FIVE SPREAD OUT OVER THE FIRST 16 HOURS OR SO OF THEIR FLIGHT. UNTIL THEY GET MUCH CLOSER AND IT’S TIME FOR THAT APPROACH AND DOCKING.AND WE ARE EXPECTING THAT WITH AN ON-TIME LAUNCH TO HAPPEN TODAY THAT WILL BE COMING TOMORROW IN THE AFTERNOON. ALL RIGHT. NOW THAT WE’RE UNDER 16 MINUTES AWAY, WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST JOINING US. I’M GOING TO TOSS IT OVER TO JESSE. >> WE ARE T MINUS 15:45 FROM LIFTOFF OF OUR SECOND DEMONSTRATION MISSION TODAY AND WE HAVE THE HONOR OF HAVING SPACEX’S PRESIDENT AND CEO, GWEN SHOTWELL JOINING US.THANKS FOR COMING ON AND TAKING A FEW MINUTES TO CHAT WITH US. >> THANKS, JESSE. >> WE KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN ON CONSOLE. HOW HAS THE COUNTDOWN BEEN GOING SO FAR? >> COUNTDOWN IS CLEAN TODAY JUST LIKE IT WAS WEDNESDAY. WE DID CLEAR THE WEATHER HURDLES SOONER THAN WE DID ON WEDNESDAY AND THE ONLY THING WE’RE WATCHING RIGHT NOW IS DOWN-RANGE WEATHER AND LIGHTNING AT THE STAGING LOCATIONS BUT WE’LL CLEAR THAT HURDLE AT T MINUS SEVEN MINUTES. >> GREAT. VERY EXCITING. NOW I’M GOING TO THROW IT BACK TO 2012 BECAUSE YOU WERE ON CONSOLE FOR DRAGON WHEN IT WAS FIRST MAKING ITS WAY TO THE SPACE STATION. HOW DOES THAT EXPERIENCE COMPARE TO TODAY? >> I STOPPED GETTING NERVOUS FOR LAUNCHES. TODAY I’M NERVOUS AGAIN, SUPER NERVOUS. STOMACH IN THROAT. >> UNDERSTANDABLE. >> IT’S A FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC DAY TODAY. I’M REALLY EXCITED. THE TEAM HAS PULLED TOGETHER. IT’S SUCH A PROFESSIONAL OPERATION. WHEN I SAY TEAM, I MEAN SPACEX AND NASA. THESE FOLKS HAVE BEEN WORKING INCREDIBLY HARD AND HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. >> YES, AND WE ARE ALL SO EXCITED AND WE KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET BACK INSIDE OF MISSION CONTROL BUT IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANTED TO SAY BEFORE LIFTOFF TO NASA AND SPACEX? >> I WANT TO THANK NASA, OF COURSE, FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND THEIR HELP WITH GETTING TO THIS PLACE.I WANT TO THANK ALL THE SPACEXers WHO HAVE COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY, AND I WANT TO THANK ELON FOR HIRING ME. [ Laughter ] >> WE THANK ELON FOR HIRING YOU AS WELL. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE’LL LET YOU GET BACK TO MISSION CONTROL. AND GOOD LUCK WITH LAUNCH TODAY. >> THANKS, JESSE. AND GOD SPEED, BOB AND DOUG. >> WE’RE SO EXCITED. WE’RE JUST A FEW MINUTES AWAY FROM COUNTDOWN SO WE ARE GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO DAN AND JOHN FOR THE FINAL MINUTES AND TERMINAL COUNT, TAKE IT AWAY, JOHN. >> T MINUS 13:30, COUNTING TO COUNT DOWN. WE’RE CONTINUING TO LOAD FUEL ON TO THE FIRST STAGE. THAT SHOULD FINISH UP IN JUST ABOUT SIX MINUTES.FUEL IS COMPLETELY LOADED ON THE SECOND STAGE. THAT’S CLOSED OUT. AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO LOAD LIQUID OXYGEN ON BOTH THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGE, THE LIQUID OXYGEN LOAD BEGINNING ON THE SECOND STAGE JUST ABOUT 3 1/2 MINUTES AGO. WE ARE ALSO LOADING CRYOGENIC HELIUM INTO THE STORAGE VESSELS ON THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGE GETTING IN THE LAST LITTLE BITS OF HELIUM WHEN WE KEEP I CRYOGENIC, COLD AND LIQUIFIED. JUST LIKE WITH LIQUID OXYGEN, THAT’S THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT INTO THE STORAGE VOLUME SO WE CAN GET THE MOST PERFORMANCE OUT OF THE VEHICLE. RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN A FAIRLY QUIET STATE ON THE VEHICLE. GROUND PUMPS CONTINUING TO PUT THE PROPELLANT INTO FIRST AND SECOND STAGES. NEXT SIGNIFICANT ISSUE CALL-OUTS WE’RE GOING TO HEAR WILL PROBABLY BE INSIDE THE T MINCE TEN MINUTES WHEN THEY TALK TO THE CREW. WE’LL LISTEN FOR THAT BUT AT THE MOMENT, EVERYTHING CONTINUING TO LOOK GOOD AT T MINUS 12:20. >> WE’RE GETTING REALLY CLOSE NOW, JOHN.IT’S ONLY A LITTLE OVER 12 MINUTES AWAY. JUST A REMINDER FOR EVERYBODY, IT’S ABOUT A NINE-MINUTE RIDE UPHILL. WE’LL HAVE SOME DUELING BOXES GOING ON AS THE FIRST STAGE WILL BE COMING HOME WHILE THE SECOND STAGE IS CARRYING BOB AND DOUG INTO ORBIT. OBVIOUSLY WE’LL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON OUR NSA NAUTS THE — ASTRONAUTS THE WHOLE WAY UP HILL. PERFORMANCE CALLS OVER THE DRAGON GROUND THE ENTIRE WAY UPHILL, YOU WILL HEAR SOME OF THE SPACEX ENGINEERS CALLING OUT TRAJECTORIES AND BOOSTER PERFORMANCE SO WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING IF THAT WORD NOMINAL. I KNOW THAT’S ONE OF JOHN’S FAVORITE WORDS. THAT’S ONE OF MINE TOO. WE WANT TO HEAR NOMINAL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON THE WAY UPHILL. YOU MIGHT ALSO HEAR NUMBER AND LETTER COMBINATIONS AND THOSE CORRESPOND TO DIFFERENT ABORT ZONES THAT BOB AND DOUG ARE IN DURING THEIR FLIGHT UPHILL. THERE’S 1A AND 1B WHICH SIGNIFIES THEY’RE ON THE FIRST STAGE. THOSE CARRY THEM FROM THERE IN THE CAPE ALL THE WAY UP TO ABOUT THE VERY TOP OF NORTH CAROLINA AND THEN WE’LL HAVE 2A THROUGH TWO 2E OR 2 ECHO AND THAN WILL BE ON THE SECOND STAGE, NORTH CAROLINA UP TO THE TIP OF NEWFOUNDLAND, THE NORTHERN ATLANTIC AND THERE’S A ZONE OF THE NORTHERN ATLANTIC WE’RE GOING TO AVOID UNTIL YOU SHOULD HEAR THE CALL-OUT BE SOMETHING SIMILAR FORWARD TO SHANNON AND THAT JUST REFERS TO SHANNON IRELAND AND THEY’LL BE GOING OFF THE COAST OF IRELAND AS THE LATER STAGES OF THE SECOND STAGE IF THEY HAVE TO ABORT.JUST PREPPING YOU NOW FOR SOME OF THE CALLS. YOU’RE HOPEFULLY GOING TO HEAR THE WORD NOMINAL ON THE WAY UPHILL. IT WILL PICK UP RIGHT ABOUT TEN MINUTES. WE’LL WAIT FOR THE CREW JUST TO CONFIRM THAT THEIR DISPLAYS ARE IN ORDER. THE CREW IS ALREADY STRAPPED IN IN AND REPORTED THEY ARE GO FOR LAUNCH AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE FUEL GAUGES PICK UP ON THE FALCON 9 VEHICLE UNTIL FUELING CUTS OFF AT JUST ABOUT TWO MINUTES PRIOR TO LAUNCH. >> DRAGON, SPACEX, CONFIRM DISPLAYS ARE CONFIGURED FOR LAUNCHED. >> SPACEX, DRAGON, DISPLAYS ARE CONFIGURING FOR LAUNCH. >> COPY. BOB, DOUG, ON THE BEHALF OF THE TEAM, IT’S BEEN A HUGE HONOR.KNOW THAT WE’RE WITH YOU, HAVE AN AMAZING FLIGHT AND ENJOY THOSE VIEWS OF OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET. >> THANKS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY OUR HONOR TO BE PART OF THIS HUGE EFFORT TO GIVE THE UNITED STATES BACK IN THE LAUNCH BUSINESS. WE’LL TALK TO YOU FROM ORBIT. THANK YOU. >> COPY ALL. THANKS FOR THOSE WORDS. >> SPACEX CORPS, THE VOICE THAT WILL BE TALKING TO BOB AND DOUG THROUGHOUT THEIR MISSION. CONFIRMING THE CREW DISPLAYS ARE CONFIGURED FOR LAUNCH. WE’RE COMING UP ON NINE MINUTES AND COUNTING. >> WE’VE GOTTEN THROUGH T MINUS TEN MINUTES WITH THE CREW DISCUSSIONS. ACTIVITY IS NOW GOING TO SWITCH OVER TO FALCON 9. OUR NEXT MAJOR EVENT COMES AT T MINUS SEVEN MINUTES, WE BEGIN WHAT WE CALL ENGINE CHILL. PREVALVES WILL OPEN. THOSE CURRENTLY SEPARATE PROPEL LANTS ON THE FIRST STAGE FROM GETTING DOWN TO THE MERLIN ENGINES, WILL OPEN THE PREVALVES THAT WILL ALLOW FUEL AND LIQUID OXYGEN TO FLOW TO THE TOP OF THE PUMPS.WHEN WE OPEN THE VALVES, THAT WILL ALLOW US TO BEGIN CHILLING THE NINE MERLIN PUMPS ON THE FIRST STAGE ENGINE. IT WILL TAKE THEM A FEW MINUTES TO GET THEM COLD ENOUGH WHERE THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PASS THE LARGE AMOUNTS OF LIQUID OXYGEN THROUGH THE PUMPS AND INTO THE MAIN THRUST CHAMBERS WHEN WE GET TO ENGINE IGNITION AT T MINUS TWO SECONDS. WE DON’T WANT TO TRY TO RUN HIGHLY CHILLED LIQUID OXYGEN THROUGH A WARMED PUMP. YOU WOULD FLASH THAT INTO GAS. THAT’S NOT A GOOD THING. SO RIGHT NOW WE ARE WAITING FOR T MINUS SEVEN MINUTES, THEY’LL START THE ENGINE CHILL. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, WE WILL ALSO GET THE FUEL SHUTDOWN. >> LISTENING TO THE SPACEX LAUNCH DIRECTOR IN THE BACKGROUND.THERE AS I MENTIONED, T MINUS SEVEN MINUTES AS WE START THE CHILL, WE WILL ALSO GET INTO THE FINAL TOPPING OFF OF STAGE ONE FUEL AND THEN THE FUEL LOAD WILL COMPLETE. STAGE ONE AND STAGE TWO ENGINE CHILL HAS STARTED. >> WE’VE HEARD THE CALL-OUT, STAGE ONE ENGINE CHILL HAS STARTED. THAT’S GONE UP TO THE CREW SO THEY’VE GOT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. THE PREVALVES ARE OPEN. AND NOW WE ARE TOPPING OFF FOR STAGE FUEL GETTING READY TO FINISH THE FUEL LOAD.LIQUID OXYGEN LOAD ON FIRST AND SECOND STAGE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE LAST THREE THE TWO MINUTES OF THE COUNTDOWN. >> WE SHOULD HEAR THAT CALL-OUT RP1 LOAD COMPLETE COMING UP IN SIX MINUTES, THAT DENSIFIED KEROSENE OR THAT ROCKET FUEL THAT FALCON 9 IS GOING TO USE TO POWER BOB AND DOUG TO ORBIT TODAY. >> STAGE ONE FUEL. >> RIGHT ON TIME. THAT CALL-OUT INDICATES THAT THE FUEL LOADING ON THE FIRST STAGE IS COMPLETE, DRAINING BACK THE LINES NOW. FIRST STAGE AND SECOND STAGE FUEL ARE COMPLETE. LIQUID OXYGEN LOADING IS CONTINUING ON BOTH STAGES. YOU CAN SEE ON THE VIEW ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MONITOR THE CONDENSATION, THE COLD GAS WRAPPED AROUND THE STAGES AS THE TANK SKINS ARE CHILLED BY THE DENSIFIED LIQUID OXYGEN PICKING UP THE HUMIDITY FROM THE FLORIDA AIR.>> IT LOOKS LIKE AT THIS MOMENT WE’RE A LITTLE MORE THAN 90% FUEL ON THE OXIDIZER ON THE FIRST STAGE, TICKING UP TOWARDS THAT 80% MARK ON THE SECOND STAGE. WE’LL BE COUNTING DOWN ALL THE WAY UNTIL ABOUT TWO OR THREE MINUTES AS JOHN AND I JUST SAID UNTIL EVERYTHING IS LOADED. THEN WE WILL BE GO FOR LAUNCH. >> DRAGON HAS TRANSITIONED TO CONFIGURE FOR TERMINAL COUNT. >> VEHICLE TANKS PRESSING FOR STRONG VAC RETRACT. >> PRESSURIZING THE FALCON 9 TANKS. WE’RE GOING TO OPEN THE CLAMP ARM AROUND THE SECOND STAGE AND BEGIN TO RETRACT THE STRONG VAC. WE’LL MOVE BACK ABOUT 2. THAT WILL GET US TO LIFTOFF POSITION AT LIFTOFF. THE STRONG VAC WILL THEN RECLINE ABOUT 45. >> STAGE TWO RP1. >> LAUNCH DIRECTOR CALLED OUT THE STRONG VAC RETRACT HAS STARTED ON THE LEFT. YOU WILL SEE IT GO BACK JUS COUPLE OF DEGREES.>> STAGE ONE RP1 LEAD. >> WE ARE JUST FOUR MINUTES AWAY FROM LIFTOFF. AGAIN, AT THIS MOMENT, BOB AND DOUG ARE REALLY JUST LASER FOCUSED ON THOSE DISPLAYS. THEY HAVE INSIGHT DIRECTLY INTO DRAGON AND THE FALCON 9. THEY ARE ABLE TO SEE WHERE THEIR FUEL LOADING IS AT, HOW THINGS ARE PROGRESSING DOWN WITH THE COUNT. >> FINAL SETUP STARTED. >> 3 1/2 MINUTES FROM LAUNCHING. >> THE STRONG VAC IS NOW RECLINING AWAY FROM THE FALCON 9. FALCON 9. >> DRAGON HAS TRANSITIONED TO TERMINAL COUNT AND IS ON INTERNAL. >> STAGE ONE, LOCKS LOAD. >> OKAY. WE’RE T MINUS 2:42. STAGE ONE LOCK LOAD IS CLOSED OUT. STAGE TWO WILL CONTINUE TO LOAD FOR ABOUTER HALF A MINUTE OR SO. ONCE WE GET THE COMPLETION OF STAGE TWO LOCKS LOADING, WE HAVE TO VENT DOWN THE LINE. SO YOU WILL SEE ANOTHER LARGE WHITE CLOUD COMING OFF OF THE STRONG VAC, THAT WILL BE NORMAL. THAT WILL HAPPEN AROUND T1:40. WE’RE GOING ON INTERNAL POWER NOW. >> JUST A FEW SECONDS AWAY FROM THE STAGE TWO LOCKS LOAD BEING COMPLETE. IT’S BEEN ALMOST NINE YEARS SINCE WE’VE BEEN IN THIS POSITION.A LOT OF WORK DONE BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO GET TO THIS POINT. ALL OUR EYES FOCUSED ON TWO NOW. >> STAGE TWO LOCKS LOAD IS CLOSED OUT. PROPELLANT COMPLETE. >> DRAGON IS IN AUTO IDLE. >> STAGE TWO LOCKS LOAD COMPLETE. ALL FUEL, ALL OXIDIZER ON FALCON 9, 1:34 TO GO UNTIL LAUNCH. >> CLOSEOUTS STARTING. >> FALCON 9 IS IN STARTUP. DRAGON IS IN COUNTDOWN. FTS IS ARM FOR LAUNCH. [ Cheering ] >> UNDER A MINUTE NOW, THE FTS, THE FLIGHT TERMINATION SYSTEM HAS BEEN ARMED. >> DRAGON, SPACEX, GO FOR LAUNCH. >> SPACEX, DRAGON, WE’RE GO FOR LAUNCH. LET’S LIGHT THIS CANDLE. >> T MINUS 30 SECONDS. >> STAGE ONE TANKS PRESSING FOR FLIGHT. >> T MINUS 15 SECONDS. FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE… ZERO. IGNITION. LIFT OF THE FALCON 9 AND CREW DRAGON! GO NASA, GO SPACEX, GODSPEED BOB AND DOUG! [ Cheering ] >> AMERICA HAS LAUNCHED.SO RISE AS NEW ERA OF AMERICAN SPACE FLIGHT AND AMBITIONS OF THE NEW GENERATION CONTINUING THE DREAM. [ Cheering and Applause ] 20 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT STAGE ONE PROPULSION IS NOMINAL. [ Engine Roaring ] >> 30 SECONDS INTO THIS HISTORIC MISSION. FLYING CREW ON BOARD DRAGON AND FALCON 9 AND LOOK AT ‘EM GO! >> FALCON POWER NOMINAL. >> M1D THROTTLE DOWN. >> WE’RE THROTTLING DOWN TO GET READY FOR THE PERIOD OF MAXIMUM DYNAMIC PRESSURE. WE’RE IN THE THROTTLE ROCKET. >> REPORTS SAY ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO. >> VEHICLE SUPERSONIC.>> WE’RE EXCEEDED MACH 1 ON THE FALCON 9. >> M1D THROTTLE UP. >> WE’RE THROTTLING BACK UP TO FULL POWER AS WE ARE THROUGH MAX QUEUE. >> COPY ONE. >> WE HEARD THAT ONE BRAVO CALL-OUT. THAT’S JUST THE SECOND ABORT ZONE THAT THEY’RE IN. THEY’LL CONTINUE TO BE ON THIS UNTIL THE FIRST STAGE HAS DONE ITS JOB AND THEY SWITCH OVER TO THE SECOND. AT THIS POINT, THEY’RE PULLING 2.3 TIMES THE EARTH’S GRAVITY. 1500 MILES PER HOUR. >> WE’VE HEARD THE CALL-OUT FOR M VAC ENGINE NIL. THAT’S GETTING THE M VAC ENGINE READY TO LIGHT. THAT WILL COME ABOUT 2:44 INTO FLIGHT. RIGHT NOW EVERYTHING CONTINUING TO LOOK GOOD. NEXT MAJOR EVENT COMING UP IS GOING TO BE THE TRIPLE, WE’LL HAVE MAIN ENGINE CUT-OFF OF THE NINE FIRST STAGE, AND SECOND STAGE ENGINE WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY ASTRONAUTS INTO ORBIT.>> COMING UP IN ABOUT 20 SECONDS. >> M1D THROTTLE DOWN. >> WE HEARD WE’RE THROTTLING DOWN THE MERLIN ENGINES ON THE FIRST STAGE. WE HAVE MIKO. >> TWO ALPHA. >> FALCON STAGE SEPARATION CONFIRMED. [ Cheering and Applause ] >> COPY 2 ALPHA. >> M VAC IGNITION. >> ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE STAGE SEPARATION CONFIRMED. THE FIRST STAGE BEGINNING ITS FLIGHT BACK. THE SECOND STAGE BEING POWERED BY THAT SINGLE MERLIN 1D VACUUM ENGINE HAS IGNITED AND IS NOW CARRYING BOB AND DOUG INTO ORBIT. SO THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE ON TO THE POWER OF THE SECOND STAGE. >> STAGE TWO PROPULSION IS NOMINAL. >> WHICH WILL CUT OFF AT SECOND ENGINE CUT-OFF IN ABOUT 8:44 INTO TODAY’S FLIGHT.SO A LITTLE OVER ’05 MINUTES TO GO STILL ON THIS SECOND STAGE. YOU HEARD THE CALL-OUT 2 ALPHA, THEY’RE NOW IN THE LONGEST ABORT ZONE THAT CARRIES THEM ALL THE WAY FROM NORTH CAROLINA UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD ALMOST TO CANADA. THINGS LOOKING GOOD. GETTING GOOD CALL-OUTS. NOMINAL PROPULSION ON THE SECOND STAGE. BOB AND DOUG CONTINUING TO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO ORBIT. >> DRAGON, SPACEX, NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. >> SPACEX DRAGON, NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. >> HEARING NOMINAL TRAJECTORY.SO DRAGON POINTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, CONTINUING TO MAKE THEIR FLIGHT UPHILL. WE HEARD ACQUISITION OF SIGNAL OVER BERMUDA, THAT’S ONE OF THE OTHER GROUND STATIONS THEY’RE USING TO GET TELEMETRY AND DATA BACK. >> STAGE TWO PROPULSION IS STILL NOMINAL. >> A LITTLE OVER 4:40 INTO THE FLIGHT. BOB AND DOUG FLYING AT MORE THAN 5600 MILES PER HOUR. >>NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. >> 200 MILES DOWN RANGE FROM THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. NOMINAL TRAJECTORY CONTINUING. WHILE THEY CONTINUE UPHILL, IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE GETTING A VIEW OF THE FIRST STAGE AS WELL. >> ON YOUR RIGHT SCREEN, YOU CAN SEE THAT FIRST STAGE WITH THE GRID FINS DEPLOYED. ITS MAKING ITS WAY BACK TO ATTEMPT TO LAND ON OUR DRONE SHIP, OF COURSE, I STILL LOVE YOU TODAY. AND WE’RE JUST ABOUT A MINUTE, A COUPLE MINUTES AWAY FROM THE ENTRY BURN AND THAT’S WHERE THREE OF THE NINE MERLIN ENGINES DO IGNITE TO HELP SLOW THE VEHICLE DOWN AS IT REENTERS BACK INTO THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE.AND THEN AFTER THE ENTRY BURN WILL BE THE LANDING BURN WHICH IS JUST A SINGLE ENGINE BURN. >> SPACEX NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. >> YOU HEARD THE CALL-OUT. THEY ARE STILL ON A NOMINAL TRAJECTORY ON DRAGON. STILL ON SECOND STAGE AND THAT’S THAT M VAC ENGINE ON SECOND STAGE ON YOUR LEFT SCREEN. AGAIN ON YOUR RIGHT SCREEN IS THAT FIRST STAG BOOSTER COMING BACK TOWARDS OUR DRONE SHIP, OF COURSE I STILL LOVE YOU. WE’RE ABOUT A MINUTE AWAY FROM ENTRY BURN. >> MEANWHILE, THAT SECOND STAGE CONTINUING TO POWER DRAGON INTO ORBIT. IF YOU ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TIMER, THAT’S GO CONTINUE TO BURN UNTIL 8:44 INTO FLIGHT SO A LITTLE OVER TWO MINUTES FROM NOW, WE’LL HEAR THE CALL-OUT SECO. IT WILL BE A LITTLE OVER THREE MINUTES UNTIL DRAGON PHYSICALLY SEPARATES FROM THE SECOND STAGE OF THE FALCON 9.>> NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. >> DRAGON NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. >> CONTINUING TO CHECK IN WITH BOB AND DOUG AS THEY ARE ON A NOMINAL TRAJECTORY. JUST ABOUT TEN SECONDS AWAY FROM THE FIRST STAGE, STARTING THAT ENTRY BURN ON YOUR RIGHT SCREEN. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THAT VIEW LIVE. >> STAGE ONE ENTRY BURN STARTUP. AND THERE IS THAT ENTRY BURN BEGINNING. THIS BURN LASTS ABOUT 36 SECONDS LONG. >> STAGE TWO FTS IS SAVED. >> THAT ENTRY BURN CONTINUES, WE’RE JUST ABOUT A MINUTE AWAY FROM SECO. WE’LL HAVE A NUMBER OF EVENTS ALL HAPPEN IN RAPID SUCCESSION. IT WILL BE THE SECOND ENGINE CUT-OFF, AND BEFORE THAT STAGE ONE LANDING BURN SHORTLY AFTER. >> ACTUALLY JUST WITHIN A FEW SECONDS OF EACH OTHER. SUCH A COOL VIEW ON YOUR LEFT SCREEN, SEEING BOB AND DOUG ON DRAGON AND NOW YOU CAN SEE THE DISPLAYS THAT THEY ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW THEMSELVES.>> M VAC. >> WE ARE COMING UP 25 SECONDS OR SO AWAY FROM SECO, OR SECOND ENGINE CUT-OFF. >> THIS IS ALSO THE POINT WHERE BOB AND DOUG ARE EXPERIENCING THEIR HIGHEST G-FORCE. WE’RE SEEING THE COUNTER TICK UP TO — YOU HEARD SHANNON SO THAT JUST MEANS THEY’RE IN THEIR FINAL ABORT ZONES. IF THEY WERE TO ABORT TO THIS POINT, IT WOULD BE ABORT TO ORBIT OR LAND OFF THE COAST OF IRELAND.STANDING BY FOR SECOND CUT-OFF CONFIRMATION. >> M VAC THROTTLE STEP. M VAC SHUTDOWN. >> CONFIRMATION OF SECO, SECOND ENGINE CUT-OFF. >> NOW WE ARE WAITING FOR OUR FIRST STAGE TO MAKE ITS WAY TO OUR DRONE SHIP OF COURSE I STILL LOVE YOU. >> NOMINAL ORBITAL INSERTION. >> CONFIRMATION NOMINAL ORBITAL INSERTION. >> WHAT YOU ARE SEEING ON YOUR SCREEN IS A LIVE VIEW OF OUR DRONE SHIP.WHERE OUR FIRST STAGE WILL BE COMING DOWN. LOOKS LIKE WE LOST THAT LIVE VIEW BUT WE’LL WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION OF THAT LANDING SHORTLY HERE. THERE YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN FALCON 9 HAS LANDED. [ Cheering and Applause ] THIS IS THE FIRST FALCON 9 TO CARRY HUMANS TO ORBIT, SO VERY EXCITING FOR US. AS YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR RIGHT SCREEN, BOB AND DOUG ARE STILL MAKING THEIR WAY TO THEIR TARGETED ORBIT. >> RECOVERY ONE. >> SO EXCITING TODAY! >> IT DOESN’T STOP.>> IT DOES NOT STOP. >> WE DID HEAR AGAIN THAT CALL-OUT GOOD ORBITAL INSERTION SO THAT MEANS FALCON 9 AND DRAGON RIGHT NOW EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE. >> FRC ON RECOVERY ONE. >> IT’S RIGHT ABOUT 12 MINUTES WHEN DRAGON WILL SEPARATE. IT LOOKS LIKE WE SAW ZERO G INDICATOR FLOATING AROUND THERE. I KNOW BOB AND DOUG OWE US ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THAT IS THEY BROUGHT UP WITH THEM. >> BEFORE SEPARATION, BEFORE DRAGON INITIATES SEPARATION FROM THE SECOND STAGE, THEY DO MAKE SURE TO MAKE — THEY DOAN SURE SURE — THEY DO ENSURE THAT THE VEHICLE IS NOT SPINNING AND IS IN GOOD CONDITION BEFORE WE SEPARATE. >> THE STAGE DOES A SMALL ATTITUDE MANEUVER USING COLD GAS THRUSTERS BUILT INTO THE ROCKET BODY ITSELF. >> EXACTLY. SO WE DO EXPECT THAT TO SEPARATION TO OCCUR IN ABOUT A MINUTE FROM NOW. BUT THEY DO WAIT UNTIL THEY HAVE FULL CONFIRMATION THAT IT IS READY TO SEPARATE.SUCH COOL VIEWS. I CANNOT GET OVER THIS VIEW WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW. BOB AND DOUG ON THE RIGHT SCREEN INSIDE OF CREW DRAGON. OUT IN SPACE. >> ALREADY 200 KILOMETERS OVER PLANET EARTH, A LITTLE OVER 124 MILES TRAVELING IN EXCESS OF 27,000 METERS PER SECOND, ABOUT 16,000 MILES PER HOUR. WE’RE JUST STANDING BY THAT SEPARATION EVENT SHOULD BE COMING UP SHORTLY AND WILL BEGIN A SERIES OF CHECKS ON THE THRUSTERS THAT WILL BE USED TO MANEUVER AND THEN POWER DRAGON ON ITS FLIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. STANDING BY FOR SEPARATION. >> EXPECT A LOSS OF SIGNAL. >> SOUNDS LIKE WE HAD AN EXPECTED LOS, LOSS OF SIGNAL, WITH ONE OF THE GROUND STATIONS. >> DRAGON SEPARATION CONFIRMED. >> DRAGON SEPARATION CONFIRMED. >> THERE’S A GREAT VIEW RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU OF DRAGON SEPARATING.AND THERE’S THAT CALL-OUT. [ Cheering and Applause ] DRAGON IS NOW OFFICIALLY MAKING ITS WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TODAY. >> DRAGON SPACEX, SEPARATION CALL, WE HAVE A FEW WORDS FOR YOU FROM OUR FALCON 19. >> STANDING BY. [ Buzzing ] >> COPY ALL. PROUD OF YOU GUYS AND THE REST OF THE TEAM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US TODAY, PUTTING AMERICA BACK INTO LOW-EARTH ORBIT FROM THE FLORIDA COAST.>> COPY. GOOD LUCK. GODSPEED. >> ALL RIGHT. SO BOB AND DOUG ARE IN SPACE. >> SPACEX, WE CONFIRM NOMINAL AND CHECKOUTS ON NOSE CONE DEPLOYS IN PROGRESS. >> COPY ALL. MONITORING. >> THE CORPS HERE IN HAWTHORNE GIVING THE CREW A HEADS-UP THAT WE HAVE CONFIRMATION THAT THE NOSE CONE IS DEPLOYING SO AGAIN THAT NOSE CONE IS GOING TO OPEN UP A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN 90. ALSO UP ABOUT 105 AND THAT’S GOING TO EXPOSE THE ACTUAL DOCKING RING AND THE HATCH THAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH ONCE THEY ATTACH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND ALSO FOUR OF THOSE DRACO THRUSTERS, WE CALL THEM THE FORWARD BULKHEAD THRUSTers USED FOR THE FIRING OF THE THRUSTERS TO RAISE THEIR ORBIT GRADUALLY OVER THE COMING HOURS. WE HEARD GOOD ACT VACATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM. THAT’S EVERYTHING CONTROLLING THEIR ATMOSPHERE, JUST KEEPING DRAGON AT A NICE, SAFE, HABITABLE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY WILL BE LIVING FOR THE NEXT 19 HOURS UNTIL THEY ARRIVE AT THE SPACE STATION.>> EXACTLY. AND FALCON 9’S JOB MAY BE DONE FOR TODAY BUT THE MISSION IS NOT OVER. CREW DRAGON’S JOB IS NOT DONE. AS YOU CAN SEE, BOB AND DOUG ARE STILL INSIDE CREW DRAGON, MAKING THEIR WAY, IT WILL BE A 19-HOUR TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BEFORE THEY DOCK TOMORROW MORNING. SUCH COOL VIEWS. I LOVE THAT WE CAN GET THESE LIVE VIEWS HERE AND SEE AND WATCH WHAT THEY’RE DOING NOW THAT THEY ARE IN ORBIT. >> IT’S INCREDIBLE TO JUST BE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDER, TO BE ALONG FOR THE RIDE. WE’RE GOING TO BE WITH THEM AND WE’RE GOING TO BE WITH ALL OF YOU THE ENTIRE WAY FOR THEIR JOURNEY TO THE SPACE STATION. WE’RE GOING TO BE COVERING LIVE THROUGHOUT, BOB AND DOUG WILL OBVIOUSLY HAVE A SLEEP PERIOD, WHERE THEY’LL GET ABOUT EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP A LITTLE BIT LATER TODAY BEFORE THEY WAKE UP FOR ALL OF THEIR FINAL APPROACH, ONE OF THE MAJOR THINGS WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS IS GOING TO BE THEIR FIRST TURN AT THE CONTROLS SO THEY’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE USING THOSE TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAYS TO TAKE CONTROL AND MANUAL IPILOT DRAGON.WE’LL WALK YOU THROUGH WHAT THAT IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND ASSUMING WE HAVE SOME GOOD GROUND STATION COVERAGE, WE’LL BE ABLE TO GET VIEWS FROM RIGHT INSIDE DRAGON. LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDER AS THEY MANIPULATE THE CONTROLS AT THE DISPLAY. WE HAD A SMOOTH RIDE UPHILL, BOTH STAGES OF THE FALCON 9 DOING THEIR JOB, PLACING BOB AND DOUG INTO ORBIT. THIS IS A DAY, THIS IS AN HISTORICAL DAY. THIS IS US KICKING OFF THAT NEW ERA OF SPACE FLIGHT WE’VE ALL BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND LONGING FOR SINCE THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM CAME TO AN END IN 2011. AND THE WEATHER COOPERATED.>> YES, SECOND TIME’S A CHARM. ALL RIGHT. SO DATE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE LOST SOME LIVE SIGNAL THERE. BUT THE MISSION STILL CONTINUES AND WE’RE GOING TO SEND IT OVER TO KSC TO CONTINUE BROADCASTING LIVE. >> JESSE AND DAN, WE ARE JUST IN AWE OVER HERE AND I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND I LOOKED AT THE WEATHER FORECAST, I WAS LIKE MAN, WE’RE GOING TO BE BACK HERE ON SUNDAY, BUT WE DID IT. AND THE ROOM CLEARED OUT, EVERYBODY WAS OUTSIDE WATCHING AND INSIDE THE LIGHTS WERE SHAKING, THE CAMERAS WERE SHAKING, LAUREN CAME BACK IN WITH TEARS IN HER EYES. THIS IS REALLY AMAZING. >> I CAN’T BELIEVE I SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES. I’M A LITTLE BIT SPEECHLESS. JUST SO GRATEFUL WE GOT THEM UP THERE’S A LOT MORE TO GO BUT I’M SO HAPPY THEY’RE SAFE RIGHT NOW. I’M JUST SO HAPPY. >> LELAND, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IT’S AMAZING WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER. >> YES, AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS, AMERICAN ROCKET FROM AMERICAN SOIL SHOWING YOU WHAT AMERICANS CAN DO WHEN WE COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND BLAST DOUG AND BOB OFF TO THE COSMOS.THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT AND THEIR FAMILIES AND EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER TO TAKE THEM UP TO SPACE SAFELY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. THAT ROCKET FUEL IS IN MY VEINS AND I WANT TO GET ON THE ROCKET. >> IT’S TOO LATE NOW. MAYBE THE NEXT ONE. >> I KNOW, I KNOW. >> WE WANT TO GO OVER TO DARRELL AT OSB 2, HE’S THERE WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR WHO HOPEFULLY HAS MORE WORDS THAN WE DO BECAUSE WE’RE STILL SPEECHLESS. >> WE’RE HERE AT THE OPERATION SUPPORT BUILDING WHERE A CHORUS OF APPLAUSE HAS BEEN HAPPENING FROM THE BEGINNING OF LAUNCH AND THROUGHOUT THE VARIOUS STAGES, SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS WERE HERE TO WATCH IT, THAT INCLUDES PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE-PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE WHO JOINS ME NOW. YOU WERE WITH THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE-PRESIDENT. AMERICA’S BACK LAUNCHING HUMAN ASTRONAUTS AGAIN. TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT AND TELL ME ABOUT THE PRESIDENT WATCHING THE LAUNCH AND WHAT HAPPENED THERE. >> SO THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING.IT’S BEEN NINE YEARS SINCE WE’VE LAUNCHED AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON AMERICAN ROCKETS FROM AMERICAN SOIL AND NOW IT’S DONE. WE HAVE DONE IT. IT’S BEEN WAY TOO LONG. I WANT TO GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO CHARLIE BOLDEN, HE WAS MY PREDECESSOR AS THE NASA ADMINISTRATOR. HE FOUGHT HARD FOR THIS PROGRAM AT A TIME W IT DIDN’T GET ANY SUPPORT IN CONGRESS. WE NOW HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS FULLY SUPPORTIVE OF OUR SPACE FLIGHT INITIATIVES, NOT JUST ON THE EXPLORATION DISCOVERY, GOING TO THE MOON, ON TO MARS BUT ALSO FROM A SPACE FORCE PERSPECTIVE. OUR BUDGETS ARE GOING UP. THINGS ARE STRONG.AND TODAY WAS JUST AN AMAZING DAY. ONE OF THE THINGS THE PRESIDENT DID RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE WHEN WE BECAME PRESIDENT, HE CREATED THE NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL AND PUT THE VICE-PRESIDENT AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL. YOU’VE ON THE COUNCIL YOU’VE GOT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, SECRETARY OF STATE, COMMERCE, SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS, ALL THESE DIFFERENT AMAZING INDIVIDUALS THAT DEAL WITH SPACE DAY IN AND DAY OUT. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE HOW MANY PARTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEAL WITH SPACE AND THE VICE-PRESIDENT INVITED THOSE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL HERE AS WELL. AND THEN WE HAD MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, BI-PARTISAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING THIS PROGRAM FOR A LONG TIME NOW. SO I’LL JUST TELL YOU, I’M BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF BUT I WILL ALSO TELL YOU, I’M NOT GOING TO CELEBRATE UNTIL BOB AND DOUG ARE HOME SAFELY. TOMORROW THEY’RE GOING TO DOCK TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. TONIGHT I’M HEADING TO HOUSTON TO BE AT THE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER WHEN THAT HAPPENS. IT’S A BIT OF A RELIEF.THE NOSE CONE IS NOW OPEN. IT’S NOW DEPLOYED, WHICH MEANS THAT NOW WE’RE GOING TO GO INTO SOME OF BURNS. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME PHASING BURNS, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME BOOSTING BURNS AND WE’RE GOING TO GET AS MUCH AS WE CAN IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE HERE BUT ALSO I KNOW IT’S HARD, BUT THE BIG THING THAT WE NEED TO DO NOW IS WE’VE GOT TO GET BOB AND DOUG WHO HAVE NOW GONE THROUGH THIS EXERCISE TWICE, THEY NEED TO GET SOME REST BUT I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THERE WILL BE NO REST FOR A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME WHILE THEY’RE UP THERE IN ORBIT.>> THEY’RE CERTAINLY ON THEIR WAY AND A LOT OF PEOPLE JOINING US FOR THIS ENTIRE CELEBRATION AND WATCHING. WE JUST HEARD 10 MILLION PEOPLE WATCHING LIVE AS THIS LAUNCH HAPPENED. AND PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP BECOMING THE THIRD SITTING PRESIDENT TO WATCH A LAUNCH LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. >> TO BE CLEAR, I THINK HE’S THE ONLY SITTING PRESIDENT TO WATCH AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS LAUNCH ON A BRAND NEW ROCKET THAT HAS NEVER LAUNCHED BEFORE, AND THAT’S A BIG RISK.HE ALSO SAID WE’RE GOING TO THE MOON BY 2024. HE’S PUTTING HIMSELF AT RISK SAYING POTENTIALLY I’M GOING TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE INITIATIVES I PUT FORWARD AND I THINK WE HAVE NOT HAD THAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP FOR SPACE IN A VERY, VERY LONG TIME. WE’RE SO GRATEFUL FOR IT. >> WHAT WAS IT LIKE WATCHING THE LAUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT? HOW DID HE REACT? >> I’LL TELL YOU, IT’S OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING THAT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO HIM. HE SAID IT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, HE PUT IT IN THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH. HE SAID WE’RE GOING TO LAUNCH AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON AMERICAN ROCKETS FROM AMERICAN SOIL AND OF COURSE I WAS LIKE IN MY HEAD, I’M THINKING WE BETTER GET AFTER THIS. AND OF COURSE WE’VE WORKED OVERTIME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE MIGHT BE A LITTLE BEHIND SCHEDULE, BUT WE GOT IT DONE AND WE GOT IT DONE SAFELY.WE’RE KNOCKING ON WOOD, BUT SO FAR SO GOOD. IT’S LOOKING GOOD. >> YOU PERSONALLY, JIM, AS THAT ROCKET WAS LIFTING OFF AND YOU FELT THAT RUMBLE, WHAT DID YOU EXPERIENCE? >> WELL, I WAS PRAYING. I WAS PRAYING FOR BOB AND DOUG AND I WAS PRAYING FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR SAFE RETURN, EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE JUST GOING BUT MAN, I’LL TELL YOU, I’VE HEARD THAT RUMBLE BEFORE BUT IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT FEELING WHEN YOU’VE GOT YOUR OWN TEAM ON THAT ROCKET. AND THEY ARE OUR TEAM, THEY ARE AMERICA’S TEAM. THIS IS LAUNCH AMERICA. THIS IS EVERYTHING THAT AMERICA HAS TO OFFER IN ITS PUREST FORM AND TIMES ARE TOUGH RIGHT NOW. THERE IS NO DOUBT. WE’VE GOT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, WE HAVE OTHER CHALLENGES AS A COUNTRY BUT I HOPE THIS MOMENT IN TIME IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYBODY TO REFLECT ON HUMANITY AND WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER WHEN WE DRIVE AND WHEN WE ACHIEVE. IF THIS CAN INSPIRE A YOUNG CHILD TO BECOME THE NEXT ELON MUSK OR THE NEXT JEFF BEZOS OR THE NEXT SIR RICHARD BRANSON, THAT’S WHEN THIS IS ALL ABOUT.>> OR THE NEXT JIM BRIDENSTINE. >> I WOULDN’T PUT ME IN THAT CATEGORY. >> WE APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP FOR THE SPACE AGENCY AT THIS TIME AND CONGRATULATIONS ON AN AMAZING DAY AND LAUNCH. >> THANK YOU. IT’S BEEN A GREAT RIDE. >> VERY GOOD. WE’LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO. >> DOUG AND TO BE ARE ON COURSE TO ARRIVE AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TOMORROW, MAY 31st AT 10:27 A.M. EASTERN TIME AND WE’LL BE STAYING ON THE AIR FOR CONTINUOUS LIVE COVERAGE ALONG THE ENTIRE RIDE TO THE STATION. SO THOUGH OUR COVERAGE HERE IS CONCLUDING, WE WILL TURN IT OVER TO THE TEAMS IN HAWTHORNE AND HOUSTON TO TAKE US THROUGH THE NEXT PHASES OF THE DEMO 2 MISSION, ALL THE WAY THROUGH HATCH OPENING AND A WELCOME CEREMONY ON THE SPACE STATION FOR BOB AND DOUG TOMORROW. >> THAT’S RIGHT. AS YOU FOLLOW ALONG, WE INVITE YOU TO TUNE INTO A POST-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE THAT’S HAPPENING HERE AT 6:30 THIS EVENING, EASTERN TIME ON NASA TV.WE’LL HAVE NASA AND SPACEX LEADERS HERE TO TAKE QUESTIONS LIVE ON THIS UNPCEDENTED ACHIEVEMENT IN HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. AND IN ADDITION TO NASA TV, YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG ALWAYS ON TWITTER AT NASA AND NASA.GOV FOR MISSION UPDATES AS IT PROGRESSES. HERE NOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MISSION SO FAR, MAY 30th, 2020, REMEMBER THIS DAY. YOU WILL HAVE THIS MEMORY FOREVER. THE DAY AMERICA RETURNED ASTRONAUTS TO ORBIT FROM U.S. SOIL. [ ] >> WOW. WE’RE MAKING HISTORY AGAIN. >> LET’S GO! [ ] [ Countdown ] [ ] >> IGNITION, LIFTOFF OF THE FALCON 9 AND CREW DRAGON, GO NASA, GO SPACEX, GODSPEED, BOB AND DOUG! [ ] [ Cheering ] >> AMERICA HAS LAUNCHED.>> A NEW GENERATION CONTINUING TO DREAM. >> WE WANT TO THANK MARIE AND THE ENTIRE TEAM FOR THAT GREAT LAUNCH. IT WAS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU THE WHOLE TIME. BUT AS WE JUST SAID. THE MISSION HAS ONLY NOW JUST GUN. RIGHT NOW BOB AND DOUG ARE FLYING FREE INSIDE OF DRAGON AFTER THAT SUCCESSFUL SEPARATION FROM FALCON 9. WE HAVE JUST UNDER 19 HOURS UNTIL THEY ARRIVE AT THE SPACE STATION. WE’LL BE HERE WITH YOU THE ENTIRE TRIP. >> IMMEDIATELY AFTER DRAGON SEPARATED, IT BEGAN WHAT WE CALL ACTIVATION AND RHONDA VIEW PHASE OF THE MISSION. DURING THIS PHASE, DRAGON IS CONFIGURED FOR ON BOARD OPERATION. IT BEGINS AFTER SEPARATION FROM FALCONINE AND INTENDS WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE FINAL CO-ELIPTIC BURN. THERE ARE GOING TO BE FIVE MAJOR BURNS THAT WILL BRING IT CLOSE BEFORE WE BEGIN OUR FINAL APPROACH MANEUVERS. THE FIRST ONE IS COMING UP IN A LITTLE BIT. AND IT IS THE PHASE BURN. THE TEAMS ARE GETTING READY FOR GO, NO-GO TO GET READY FOR THAT. THAT’S DONE AT THE FIRST APOGEE OR HIGHEST POINT TO THE PERIGEE. THE HIGHEST ALTITUDE. >> BASED ON WHAT OUR ORBITAL STATUS SHOWS US, THE BOOST WILL RAISE IT UNTIL IT’S TEN KILOMETERS LOWER THAN THE SPACE STATION.THIS MEANS THAT BOB AND DOUG WILL BE JUST LOWER THAN THE SPACE STATION. THE FOURTH MANEUVER IS THE TRANSFER BURN WHERE WE RAISE DRAGON’S APOGEE OR HIGHEST POINT OF ITS ORBIT TO JUST TWO AND A HALF KILOMETERS BELOW THE STATION. WE ROUND EVERYTHING OUT WITH A FINAL CO-HISTORIC BURN TO MAINTAIN A CONSTANT ORBIT BENEATH THE STATION JUST TWO AND A HALF KILOMETERS BELOW. >> AND WE GET INTO THE APPROACH INITIATION AND FINAL STAGES OF DRAGON’S RENDEZVOUS. THIS IS WHERE WE START THE JOINT OPERATION BETWEEN THE DRAGON CONTROL TEAM. AND THE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON. THE TEAMS WHICH IS ANOTHER BURN THAT MEANS THAT DRAG SOMEONE GETTING CLOSE.DURING THE APPROACH, THE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS WORK IN TANDEM WITH THE NASA TEAM TO ACTIVATE AND TEST OUT A NUMBER OF SYSTEMS ON DRAGON INCLUDING ESTABLISHING BY DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE STATION USING A SYSTEM KNOWN AS C 2 V 2 WHICH STANDS FOR COMMON EDUCATION FOR VISITING VEHICLES. THEY SET UP A DATA STREAM FROM DRAGON TO THE STATION, GIVING ANOTHER PATH OF DATA ABOUT ITS PERFORMANCE TO ASTRONAUTS ON BOARD THE STATION. IT WILL MANEUVER DRAGON FOR THAT VERY SLOW AND METHODICAL. >> APPROXIMATELY 4:00 A.M. SPECIFIC TIME. IT WILL FIRE FOR AT APPROACH ABOUT TWO AND A HALF KILOMETERS BEFORE STATION AND JUST ABOUT SEVEN KILOMETERS BEHIND IT. IT’S MEASURING ABOUT 4 KILOMETERS TO 2 KILOMETERS. IT IS CONFIGURED TO BE WHAT IS A 4 HOUR SAFE TRAJECTORY. THIS MEANS IF DRAGON LOST ALL CONTROL. IT WOULD BE 4 HOURS IT’S TRAJECTORY WOULD MOVE. >> OKAY, WE’RE STILL WAITING FOR CABIN TO BE BELOW 25 C AND TRENDING DOWN. IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S ON THE WAY THERE BUT NOT QUITE. AND THE SECOND ITEM IS DURING THE BURN WE MAY HAVE INTERMITTENT DUE TO POINTING, THIS IS EXPECTED.>> THEY’RE STILL WEARING THOSE SUITS THAT THEY’VE BEEN IN SINCE THEY SUITED UP SEVERAL HOURS AGO. WHEN THE TEMPERATURES COME DOWN IN THE CABIN THEY’LL GET THE GO TO TAKE THE SUITS OFF. WE’RE 12 MINUTES AWAY FROM THAT PHASE BURN. ONCE DRAGON ARRIVES JUST 400 METERS BELOW THE STATION, IT WILL BE KNOWN AS WAY POINT ZERO. THAT’S THE FIRST CHECK POINT. THE VEHICLE WILL HOLD AT 400 METERS OR CONTINUE IF ALL THE STEMS CHECK OUT AND IT WILL BEGIN THE APPROACH TO WAY POINT ONE. AND IT WILL BEGIN THE GO, NO GO, IT’S ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE ZONES. IT’S AN IMAGINARY SPHERE WITH A RAISOUS OF 200 METERS. IT’S A CHANCE TO CONFIRM THE GUIDANCE CONTROL SYSTEMS ARE WORKING ON DRAGON BEFORE WE MOVE IN CLOSE TO STATION. AND IT CARRIES A SIMILAR REQUIREMENT THAT JESSE TALKED ABOUT WHERE THE DRAGON LOST CONTROL OF ITS THRUSTERS. IT WOULD NOT GO INSIDE OF THAT SPHERE FOR ORBITS OR SIX HOURS INSTEAD OF THE 24 HOURS. >> WE’LL SWING IT UP AND OUT IN FRONT OF THE STATION, PAUSING AT A DISTANCE OF 220 METERS. AT THIS POINT IT WILL BE ON WHAT WE CALL THE DOCKING ACCESS WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY MEANS IT IS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE DOCKING POINT.BOB AND DOUG ARE HEADED TO THE FORWARD MOST POINT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE NOSE 2 FORWARD POINT WHERE DRAGON DOCKED LAST YEAR ON THE DEMO ONE MISSION AND WHERE ONE OF THE ONE OF TWO INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTERS IS LOCATED. THESE WERE INSTALLED FOR NEW SPACECRAFT FLIGHTS AND ANY SPACECRAFT THAT ALSO USES THE INTERNATIONAL DOCKING STANDARD. >> BEFORE MOVING IN TO THE FINAL WAY POINT THEY WILL CONDUCT THEIR SECOND MANUAL FLIGHT TEST.ONLY THEY’LL BE NEAR FIELD WHICH MEANS THEY’RE CLOSE TO THE STATION. IT WILL BE DOUG AND BOB AT THE CONTROL. THEY’LL FLY DRAGON TO THE CENTER LINE OF THE DOCKING APPROACH PRECISELY LINING IT UP. THEN THEY’LL DO A NUMBER OF TRANSITIONAL MANEUVERS. THEY’LL MOVE IT AROUND THE DIFFERENT AXIS AND THEN CHECK IN ON THE GROUND. AGAIN, TRANSLATIONAL. MOVING BACKS, FORWARD, SIDE TO SIDE WHEN WE REFER TO ATTITUDE MANEUVERS IT’S WHERE THEY’RE POINTING.RING AND RETRACTS UNTIL SENSORS INDICATE IT IS TIME FOR A HOOKS TO GIVE A HARD CAPTURE AND SECURE DRAGON TO THE STATION. THEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAK CHECKS AND HATCH OPENINGS TO COME TWO HOURS FOLLOWING DOCKING. >> WE’RE GOING TO BE HERE WITH YOU THE ENTIRE WAY. IT IS BE A TWO-TEAM EFFORT. ONCE DRAGON GETS CLOSE. WHY DON’T WE JUMP OVER TO GARY AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN HOUSTON. IT’S GOT TO BE EXCITING TO SEE THAT LAUNCH AND KNOW THAT THEY’RE ON THEIR WAY TO YOU. HOW IS THE TEAM DOING, GARY? >> DAN, THERE IS A LOT COMING INTO THE ROOM. WE’RE CLOSELY MONITORING DRAGONS. A FEW BURNS COMING UP HERE. YOU DID A GREAT JOB DESCRIBING SOME OF THOSE.WE’LL START REALLY KICKING IN JUST WHEN THE DRAGON, WE’LL START DOING OUR CHECK OUTS OF THE SYSTEM OF C 2 V 2, THAT’S THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM. IT WILL BE TURNED ON FOR SOME S BAND CONNECTIONS AS DRAGON MAKES ITS APPROACH. WE’LL BE MONITORING THE APPROACH THROUGH SOME OF THOSE FINAL THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE ON THE ALTITUDE CONTROL IT WILL BE UP TO BOB AND DOUG FOR THOSE FINAL MANEUVERS. CHRIS WILL BE MONITORING FROM THE INSIDE. HE’LL BE MONITORING THE APPROACH FROM THE INSIDE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. CHRIS, THROUGH THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS HAVE BEEN PREPARING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOR BOB AND DOUG GETTING SOME OF THEIR BEDS THAT THEY’LL BE SLEEPING IN ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION READY, PREPARING SOME OF THE TOOLS THEY’LL USE FOR THE MONITORING.AND WHEN DOUG AND BOB ARE CLOSE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, OPENING UP THE HATCH AND GETTING SOME AIR RIGHT BETWEEN THE HATCH WHERE BOB AND DOUG WILL ENTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE SHOULD BE EXPERIENCING LOSS OF COMMUNICATION. WE STILL HAVE GREAT VIEWS FROM BOB AND DOUG AND WE’LL FOLLOW ALONG UNTIL IT DOCKS 18 HOURS FROM NOW. THAT’S IT FROM HOUSTON. DAN, I’LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU IN HAWTHORNE. >> ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, GARY. NOW, JOINING ME HERE IN HAWTHORNE, WE’LL GIVE HER A SECOND TO GET PICKED UP, BUT HERE FOR DEMO ONE.WE GOT TO DO THE SPLASH DOWN TOGETHER. NOW WE’RE DOING THE INITIAL ORBIT WITH BOB AND DOUG. >> HI, EVERYONE, I’M KATE, SENIOR ENGINEER AT SPACEX. I’M EXCITED TO BE JOINING YOU FOR THE WEBCAST HERE WITH DAN IN FRONT OF MISSION HEADQUARTERS HERE IN HAWTHORNE. LIKE HE WAS SAYING BEFORE, DRAGON IS GOING TO BE PERFORMING A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS.WE’RE GOING TO HAVE FIVE MAJOR BURNS. BUT AT THE MOMENT WE’RE COMING UP TO THE FIRST BURN, WHICH IS THE PHASE BURN. >> THAT’S THE FIRST FIRING OF THOSE THRUSTERS. IT WILL BE USING A FORWARD BULK HEAD, AND ALSO THE ONES AROUND THE SERVICE SECTION, AROUND THE BOTTOM PORTION. WE’VE BEEN LOOKING AT OUR TIMELINE. IT’S EXPECTED TO LAST 492 SECONDS.IT’S GOING TO BE A FAIRLY LONG FIRING. WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WE’RE WAITING UNTIL WE’RE AT THE HIGHEST POINT OF ORBIT OVER THE EARTH. AND THEN FIRE UP THE THRUSTERS, AND THEN CIRCLE EVERYTHING OUT WITH A CO-ELIPTIC BURN. THEN IT WILL BE TIME FOR DOCKING. >> YEAH, LIKE DAN SAID, SO WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 12 DRACO THRUSTERS ON BOARD THE DRAGON. IN ADDITION OF THE FOUR DRACO THRUSTERS THAT WE’LL BE USING, THERE ARE FOUR MORE DRACOS IN THE SERVICE SECTION, THE AREA OF THE LOWER PART OF THE DRAGON CAPSULE. THESE WILL BE USED IN EVERY BURN AND ARE PRIMARILY THERE TO MAINTAIN DRAGON’S ATTITUDE, WHICH IS IMPORTANT WHEN DOING THE FINALLY TUNED APPROACH INTO DOCKING. THEY CAN ALSO BE USED FOR TRANSLATIONAL MANEUVERS. WE’RE APPROACHING THE PHASE BURN. THAT SHOULD BE ABOUT THREE MINUTES. >> WE’LL CONTINUE TO STAND BY FOR THAT PHASE BURN. THEN WE’LL BE STANDING BY. WE SHOULD BE HAVING THE FIRST MANUAL FLIGHT TEST COMING UP 50 MINUTES FROM NOW. THAT WILL BE OUR FIRST CHANCE ACTUALLY FLY DRAGON.>> THAT’S GOING TO BE REALLY COOL. IT’S DESIGN TO FLY ITSELF THE ENTIRE TIME, BUT THE CREW HAS THE ABILITY TO STEP IN SHOULD THEY NEED TO. AND THIS WILL BE STEPPING IN AND TAKING CONTROL. SO THEY’LL BE FLYING BRAND NEW SPACECRAFT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. >> YES, SOMETHING THAT I LIKE TO REMIND MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AS WE’VE BEEN LEADING UP TO THIS LAUNCH FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS. THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION MISSION.LIKE THAT FLIGHT TEST THAT WE’LL HAVE COMING UP LATER, YOU KNOW, BOB AND DOUG, THEY’RE TEST PILOTS. THIS TYPE OF MISSION IS WHAT THEY LIVE FOR. IT WAS 1981, SHUTTLE COLUMBIA WAS THE LAST TIME WE TESTED A COMPLETELY NEW VEHICLE. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE ANYONE HAS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO A TEST FLIGHT LIKE BOB AND DOG ARE DOING TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO FOR THE NEXT 19 HOURS. >> DRAGON, SPACEX.>> THAT OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE DRAGON CAP ACTUALS IF FOR SOME REASON THEY NEED TO, THAT’S ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES. >> RIGHT NOW THE ENVIRONMENTS ARE STABLE. OUR PLAN IS TO GO AFTER THE PHASE BURN. WE’RE SEEING DRACO 4 IS A LOW TEMPERATURE. WE’RE NOT TRACKING ANY IMMEDIATE CONCERNS. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE THAT WE’RE LOOKING INTO THAT.>> THE CREWS ARE GOING TO STAY IN THEIR SUITS UNTIL AFTER THE PHASE BURN. WE’LL HEAR THEM START IN A MINUTE FROM NOW. >> WE HAVE CONFIRMATION THE FIRST BURN IS IN PROGRESS. AGAIN, THIS IS THE FIRST OF FIVE MAJOR MANEUVERS. THIS IS CALLED THE PHASE BURN. USING THE FORWARD BULK HEAD THRUSTERS, THOSE FOUR DRAW COAST UNDERNEATH THE NOSE CONE. THE MANEUVERS. JUST BIG CHANGES IN VELOCITY THAT WE’RE GOING TO DO TO GRADUALLY RAISE THIS ORBIT UP IN THE COMING HOURS. WE’RE WATCHING THE SCREENS. WE’RE SEEING THE BURN IN PROGRESS. EXPECTED TO LAST FOR SEVERAL MINUTES WE’LL KEEP AN EAR OUT AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING GOES WELL AND WE’LL GET A REPORT OF HOW THE BURN GOES. WE’RE JUST LOOKING FOR THOSE WORDS “GOOD BURN” AFTER IT’S COMPLETE. >> LIKE WE SAID, THIS IS THE FIRST OF FIVE MAJOR BURNS THAT WE’LL BE PERFORMING OVER THE COMING HOURS. SO THIS IS BASICALLY THE FIRST STEP, FIRST MAJOR STEP IN THE FREE FLIGHT OF DEMO TWO. >> WE’RE TWO NINE OUR PHASE BURN LOOKING GOOD SO FAR.>> BURN IS NOMINAL SO FAR. >> WE HAVE CONFIRMATION THAT BURN IS NOMINAL THUS FAR. >> GOING THROUGH THE TOUCH SCREEN CONTROL PANELS THAT THEY HAVE IN FRONT OF THEM, THOSE THREE SCREENS. WHEN WE GET VIDEO INSIDE, AS WE’RE DOING THAT MANUAL FLIGHT TEST YOU’LL GET A CLOSE UP LOOK HOW THEY HAVE THAT WINDOW INTO DRAGON ITSELF. >> IF YOU’RE JUST NOW JOINING, WE’RE 3:45 INTO THE PHASE BURN, THE FIRST MAJOR BURN. YOU’RE GETTING A LOOK INSIDE THE MISSION CONTROL CENTER HERE IN A THORN. –INTO HAWTHORNE. WE’LL HAVE INTERMITTENT VIDEO WHEN THERE WE’RE AT GROUND STATION AND DOING THESE DIFFERENT MANEUVERS. BUT RIGHT NOW WE’RE CONTINUING TO LISTEN IN. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE BURNS IS CRITICAL MAKING IT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. SO IT SEEMS LIKE A PRETTY QUIET TIME RIGHT NOW, THRUSTERS ARE FIRING ON THE SPACECRAFT AS WE SPEAK. IT HAS BEEN DOING SO FOR 4.5 MINUTES.AND EVERYTHING IS LOOKING GOOD SO FAR. >> I REMEMBER THE DEMO ONE FLASH DOWN LEAVES THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WEBCAST. WE’RE GOING BACK AND FORTH SAYING IT FEELS LIKE IT’S GOING TO TAKE FOREVER TO DO ANYTHING. IT’S THE SAME DEAL GOING UP TO THE ISS. EVERYTHING IS SUPER CONTROLLED, VERY PRECISE, AND VERY EXACT IN TERMS OF TIMING AND ADJUSTMENTS. SO LIKE DAN SAID, THIS IS A CRITICAL MOMENT, AND DEFINITELY ONE OF THE FIRST EXCITING EVENTS THAT WE HAVE IN DRAGON AS IT I NOW FREE FLYING.>> AND JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, ANY TIME WE HAVE VIDEO WITH THE CREW DURING THE FLIGHT, WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO BRING IT TO YOU. SO WE’RE JUST GETTING A QUICK CHECK IN ON THE TEAM AT MISSION CEREAL IN HAWTHORNE. THESE ARE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO GET US TO THIS DAY, TAKING PART IN SIMULATIONS, MISSION PLANNING WITH THE CREW THEMSELVES. YOU’RE TALKING COUNTLESS HOURS TO REHEARSE EVERYTHING FOR THIS FLIGHT BEFORE WE GET HERE. AND WE’RE HERE. >> YES. >> WE’VE HAD THAT SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH WHICH WE STILL HAVEN’T COME DOWN FROM. THAT WAS INCREDIBLE. EVERYTHING HAS GONE SMOOTHLY. GOOD INITIAL ORBIT, THE TURN STARTED RIGHT ON TIME AND IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S GOING ON SO FAR. WE’RE SIX MINUTES INTO THE BURN. IT SHOULD BE A MINUTE OR SO LEFT. >> AS YOU HEARD MANY TIMES ON TODAY’S WEBSITE. PRIOR TO LAUNCH AND AFTER LAUNCH, BOB AND DOUG HAS REHEARSED EVERY PROCEDURE WITH THIS SPACEX MISSION.EVERYTHING THAT THEY’VE DONE AND WHAT THEY’VE DONE ALL DAY. DESPITE THE SCRUB WE HAD EARLIER IN THE WEEK WAS JUST A PRACTICE TEST. THEY HAD REHEARSED EVERYTHING. AND THE SAME GOES WITH THE PROCEDURES THAT WE’RE RUNNING THROUGH NOW AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO RUN THROUGH THE DURATION OF THE MISSION. BOB AND DOUG ARE SUPER FAMILIAR WITH WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHAT THEY’RE EXPECTED TO DO. >> AND WE SHOULD BE COMING UP NEAR THE END OF THE PHASE BURN. AGAIN, THIS IS THE FIRST IN FIVE.THE NEXT MAJOR ONE IS GOING TO BE THE BOOST BURN THAT WILL RAISE THEIR ORBIT UP TO TEN KILOMETERS BELOW THE STATION ITSELF. AND SO THEY’RE GOING TO GET CLOSER AND CLOSER, INCREMENTAL STEPS. YOU’LL SEE IN THIS GRAPHIC WHEN THEY DO THESE BURNS, IT LOOKS LIKE THE KIND OF DOING A LITTLE BIT OF A LOOP-DE-LOOP. THIS GRAPH IS IN RELATION TO THE SPACE STATION ITSELF. ON ONE AXIS ON THE Y HOW FAR FROM EARTH YOU ARE. AND THEN ON THE X IT’S NOT EXACTLY TO SCALE. >> NOMINAL BURN. >> NOMINAL BURN. >> WE JUST HEARD THE TWO WORDS WE’RE HOPING FOR, NOMINAL BURN. ONE BURN OUT OF FIVE CHECKED. THE NEXT ONE BOOST BURN. WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT MANUAL FLIGHT TEST WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO BE TAKING THE REINS AND TAKING CONTROL OF DRAGON ITSELF.>> YES, SO, IN PREPARATION FOR THAT MOMENT, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO CHECK OUT THE SIMULATION THAT WE HAVE ON SPACEX.COM. IT’S AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO TEST YOUR OWN SKILLS. >> WE’RE DISABLING CAMERAS, AND YOU’RE A GO FOR CABIN CONFIGURATION. THE CAMERA CAPS ARE CURRENTLY CONFIGURED. THE NEXT BURN WILL BE THE BOOST BURN IN 1:23 MINUTES PER YOUR TIMELINE. >> ALL RIGHT. >> YEAH, DEFINITELY GIVE THE CREW DRAGON DOCKING DEMONSTRATION A TRY. IT’S A LOT OF FUN. IT GIVES YOU A PRETTY GOOD APPRECIATION HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO FLY AND MANEUVER IN SPACE WHEN YOU’RE NOT JUST THINKING ABOUT GOING FORWARD AND BACKWARD. YOU HAVE EVERY AXIS IMAGINABLE. IT TOOK ME A COUPLE OF TRIES. THE FIRST COUPLE OF TRIES I GOT TOO IMPATIENT AND FLEW IN TOO QUICKLY. THE SECOND TIME I SPUN OUT OF CONTROL. >> I WAS SURPRISED LEVELS OF CONTROLS THERE ARE, AND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO ACTUALLY GET THEM ALL TO WORK IN SYNC AT THE RIGHT SPEEDS OF EVERYONE I’VE SPOKEN TO THAT TRIED IT OUT FIRST, IT’S UNANIMOUS.EVERYONE WENT TOO FAST. I WAS THE SAME. BUT BY MY THIRD AND FOURTH TRY, MY DECADES OF TRAINING FINALLY PAID OFF, AND I DID–I MANAGED TO DOCK TO THE STATION AFTER PRACTICING A FEW TIMES. >> SPACEX DRAGON. CHECK. >> AND DRAGON, YOU’RE A LITTLE BROKEN BUT I DID COPY YOU. >> HOW ABOUT THIS TIME ON THE CABIN MIC. >> LOUD AND CLEAR ON THE CABIN MIC. >> COPY THAT. >> THE NEXT THING WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO IS >> THE FLIGHT COMPUTER ITSELF WILL STILL CONTINUE FLYING DRAGON.AS SOON AS THEY’RE DONE, THEY’LL HAND CONTROL BACK OVER AND THEY’LL REORIENT DRAGON AND IT WILL CONTINUE ON ITS WAY. IT WILL FLY IN A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT ATTITUDES. UNLIKE THE SPACE STATION, THE SPACE STATION ONLY FLIES IN THE SAME DIRECTION. THAT’S BECAUSE IT HAS VERY BIG JOINTS FOR THE SOLAR RAYS TO ROTATE AROUND. FOR DRAGON, THEY’LL HAVE TO MANEUVER THE TRUNK TO CHARGE THE BATTERIES AND COMMUNICATE WITH THE DIFFERENT SATELLITES, DEPENDING ON WHAT THEY’RE USING. THEY’LL USE THIS IN THIS MANUAL FLIGHT TEST. >> YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF. >> YES, DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY GET A CHANCE TO GO PILOT DRAGGING. WE’RE GOING TO SEE THAT TOMORROW MORNING. IT WAS SURREAL WHEN WE GOT TO SEE IT ON DEMO ONE. WE’VE GOT GREAT CAMERAS, IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY EXCITING TO SEE THEM COME IN FOR THAT FINAL APPROACH. >> DRAGON SPACEX NO RESPONSE REQUIRED. WE’RE GOING TO BE ENABLING BRANCH TWO OF THE HELIUM SYSTEM.THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE DONE ON ORBIT. >> THIS WILL GET YOU BACK ON THE EXPECTED ORBIT CONFIGURE. >> DRAGON, COPY. >> DRAGON. SPACEX CONFIGURATION IS COMPLETE. >> IF YOU’RE JUST NOW TUNING IN, YOU MISSED THE LAUNCH. YOU MIGHT WANT TO HEAD ONLINE AND MAKE SURE YOU CAN GO AND CHECK THAT OUT. BOB AND DOUG OUR TWO NASA ASTRONAUTS ARE FLYING THROUGH OUTER SPACE AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH. WE’RE GOING TO BRING YOU THE GROUND TRACK. YOU’LL SEE WHERE DRAGGEN IS OVER PLANET EARTH. YOU’LL SEE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT LINES, USUALLY THREE AT A TIME. THAT IS SHOWING EACH OF THOSE ORBITS AROUND PLANET EARTH. AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S WAVY. THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE TAKING A GLOBE AND STRETCHING IT OUT FLIGHT. THAT’S WHY IT LOOKS LIKE–IT IS A STRAIGHT LINE IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT AROUND THE GLOBE. WITH THAT ON TIME LAUNCH, THEY’VE ALREADY TRAVELED WELL AWAY FROM THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER.THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FLY AROUND PLANET EARTH. THEY’LL CONTINUE TO RAISE THEIR ORBIT OVER THE NEXT 19 HOURS. THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL IN DOING SO WITH THEIR FIRST BURN, THE PHASE BURN. >> SPACEX DRAGON. WE STARTED A TIMER FOR FOLKS, FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES AGO. IF YOU WANT TO BACK US UP. >> COPY, TIMER STARTED FOR FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES AGO. WE’LL BACK YOU UP. >> THAT WAS THE DEMO TWO COMMANDER DOUG HURLEY TALKING TO US HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HAWTHORNE. THEY’VE GOTTEN OUT OF THEIR SPACE SUITS THAT THEY’VE BEEN IN SEVERAL HOURS NOW. THEY HAVE HUNG THEM UP, AND THEY HAVE A TIMER TO KNOW WHEN IT IS FINE TO PACK THEM AWAY. THEY WON’T HAVE TO PUT THOSE SUITS ON AGAIN UNTIL TOMORROW WHEN IT’S TIME TO DOCK AT THE SPACE STATION.>> I WANT TO COMMENT ON THE VIEW ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. THAT’S A LIVE SHOT WITH PLANET EARTH ROTATING BELOW IT. >> THEY’LL CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR WAY UP OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF ITEMS COMING UP. WE’RE STILL COUNTING DOWN TO THAT MANUAL FLIGHT TEST. THAT SHOULD BE COMING UP IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR. IC WE HAVE GROUND STATION TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SPACECRAFT. >> I WANT TO CORRECT MYSELF NOW THAT I CAN SEE THE IMAGE. THAT’S A LIVE SHOT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. FOR A SECOND I THOUGHT IT WAS A DRAGON TRUNK. THAT’S THE ISS. THAT’S WHERE BOB AND DOUG ARE HEADING. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF WHAT IS A 19 HOUR JOURNEY FOR THEM. THEY’VE GOT A LOT OF STUFF COMING UP. LIKE WE’VE BEEN SAYING, THERE ARE FIVE MAIN BURNS. WE’VE COMPLETED THE FIRST OF THOSE FIVE MAIN BURNS. AND THEY WILL BE GOING TO SLEEP IN A WHILE. WELL, THEY’LL EAT FIRST AND THEN SLEEP. THAT SLEEP PORTION OF THE MISSION IS ACTUALLY REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE NEED THEM TO BE REALLY WELL RESTED AND COMFORTABLE WHEN THEY START DOING THE APPROACH PHASES TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.SO THEY GET SCHEDULED EIGHT HOURS, AND THEN I MEAN, YOU CAN SEE–WE HAD THE VIEWS INSIDE DRAGON . >> BOB AND DOUG ARE GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE. THEY’LL GET INTO THAT MANUAL FLIGHT TEST IN JUST A LITTLE WHILE. THEY HAVE EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP SCHEDULED. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU CAN SLEEP ON A DAY LIKE TODAY. BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY WERE CALM AND COLLECTED AS THEY WERE. YOU’RE DEALING WITH SPECIAL PEOPLE WHEN YOU FLY SOMEBODY INTO SPACE. >> FOR SURE. AS WE SAW FROM OUR VIEWS INSIDE THE CABIN EARLIER, THEY’LL BE SITTING IN A SITTING POSITION WHILE THEY’RE SLEEPING. WHEREAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, THEY HAVE A FLATBED, IF YOU WILL, THAT THEY GET STRAPPED IN.THE SLEEPING SITUATION THAT THEY HAVE FOR THEIR RIDE ON DRAGON IS DEFINITELY A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THEY’LL HAVE ON THEIR LONGER STAY ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> WE’RE LOOKING LIVE RIGHT NOW FROM BOB AND DOUG’S DESTINATION, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THEY’RE SCHEDULED TO DOCK TOMORROW BUT THAT INITIAL DOCKING COMING AT 7:29:00 A.M. SPECIFIC TIME. SO OVER HERE ON THE WEST COAST. IT WILL BE 10:29:00 A.M. OVER ON THE EAST COAST. IT WILL BE 19 HOURS AND 7 MINUTES WHEN THEY DOCK AND LAUNCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH THAT DOCKING. IT WILL TAKE FIVE SUCCESSFUL BURNS TO GET THEM IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOLLOWED BY A NUMBER OF SMALLER MANEUVERS IN THAT FINAL APPROACH SEQUENCE.IT WILL BE A PRETTY LENGTHY TRIP FOR THEM TO GET THERE. LEAVING THE SPACE CENTER AN HOUR, AND THEY’RE MOVING IN EXCESS 17,000 MILES AN HOUR AS THEY GO INTO ORBIT AND CHASE WN . THERE IS NASA ASTRONAUT, THE CURRENT COMMANDER, ON THE RIGHT OF THAT PHOTO. THEN HE’S JOINED RIGHT NOW BY TWO RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS. THEY’VE BEEN ON BOARD SINCE THEY LAUNCHED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO. RIGHT NOW ONLY A THREE-PERSON CREW ON BOARD. THAT’S ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS WE WANTED TO GET THIS COMMERCIAL CREW CAPABILITY ONLINE. WE’RE NO LONGER FOUR SPACECRAFT A YEAR. WE NEED TWO A YEAR. WE NEED THE BOEING STAR LINER WILL BE FLYING BIGGER CREWS UP INTO ORBIT. DOUG AND BOB WILL BE ON BOARD OF THE SECTION– >> GO AHEAD. >> WE WANT CONFIRMATION THAT YOU’RE DRYING SUIT TWO ON SEAT ONE. >> YES, THAT’S AFFIRMATIVE. SUIT–MY SUIT FROM SEAT TWO IS IN SEAT ONE AND IT’S HOOKED UP. AND WE VERIFIED AIR FLOW. >> COPY. THANKS.AT THIS POINT THE CREW ARE OUT OF THEIR SUIT. THEY’RE DRYING THEM. THEY’RE RECONNECTING THEM TO THE UMBILICAL THAT THEY’RE NOT USING. YOU HEARD THEM CALL SEAT TWO AND ONE. SEATS ONE THROUGH FOUR RIGHT TO LEFT. DOUG HURLEY IS IN SEAT NUMBER TWO, BOB IS IN SEAT THREE, THE PILOT SEAT IN THIS FLIGHT AND NO ONE IN SEATS ONE AND FOUR. BUT THEY’RE GETTING THEIR SUITS CONNECTED TO THE UMBILICAL WHICH CAN PROVIDE COMMUNICATION WHEN THE ASTRONAUTS ARE IN THE SUIT, AND CAN FLOW HAIR AND THREE THEM OUT. >> DESPITE THAT AIR FLOW, I CAN IMAGINE THAT WITH THE ADRENALINE AND THEIR HEARTS PUMPING, I IMAGINE IT MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE SWEATY IN THERE ANY WAY. >> YES, KIND OF LIKE HANGING YOUR LAUNDRY IN SPACE ALMOST. BUT THEY’RE GOING TO BE OUT OF THESE SUITS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. THEY’LL GET MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE BRAGGEN CAPSULE. THEY’LL BE WEARING THEM AGAIN WHEN IT’S TIME TO DOC.TIPCHY WE HAVE ASTRONAUTS SUIT UP WHEN THEY’RE IN A DYNAMIC OPERATION. >> THESE SUITS ARE CUSTOM MADE FOR BOB AND DOUG. THEIR NAMES ARE STITCHED ON IT FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. BUT THESE SUITS ARE HIGHLY INTELLIGENT AND FUNCTIONAL. EVEN THOUGH THEY NATURALLY WILL BE MORE COMFORTABLE OUT OF THE SUITS, THE SUITS ARE PRETTY NICE TO FIT IN, AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM TODAY’S EVENTS AND THE LAUNCH ATTACK THAT WE HAD BEFORE, THEY DO SPEND QUITE A BIT OF TIME IN THOSE SUITS. YEAH, THEY’RE CUSTOM MADE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL ASTRONAUT MADE HERE ON SITE IN HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA. AND IT’S THE SAME BUILDING THAT WE BUILT THE ROCKET AND THE SAME BUILDING THAT WE BUILT THE SPACECRAFT.IT’S COOL TO SEE THAT PIECE OF HARDWARE ITSELF NOW IN SANCTION FINALLY IN DRAGON. >> WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THIS SUIT IS LIKE A MINI SPACECRAFT ITSELF. THAT SUIT IS SELF CONTAINED FOR BREATHING AIR AND THINGS LIKE THAT IN CASE THEY NEED IT. THEY’RE GOING TO BE MOST NEEDED IF YOU HAVE DEPRESSION IZATION.THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN R SUITS. AND THEIR SUIT WILL BE IN A LOWER PRESSURE. IF YOU PUT THE SUIT UP TO 14 PSI IT WOULD BE WHAT WE LOOK AT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WEARING THE LARGE EMU THAT WE WEAR FOR SPACE WALKS.PRESSURING THAT UP TO ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE WOULD BE YOU IN A GIANT BALLOON WHERE YOU WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO MOVE YOUR ARMS. SO WHEN YOU’RE IN A SUIT AND IT’S SPECIALIZED, I’M NOT SURE WHERE THIS IS AT, BUT THE IT’S AT FOUR. THEN YOU HAVE TO UP THE OXYGEN CONTENT OF WHAT YOU’RE BREATHING SO YOU CAN GET ENOUGH. THEY CAN FLOW PURE OXYGEN IF REQUIRED. >> IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, BOB AND DOUG ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. PROBABLY AN HOUR AND A HALF INTO WHAT WILL BE AN 19-HOUR JOURNEY IN CHASING DOWN THE SPACE STATION. AND WE ARE APPROACHING WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE FAR FIELD MANUAL FLIGHT TEST. AND THIS IS BASICALLY THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY’LL HAVE TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE DRAGON CAPSULE, AND JUST PERFORM THE ABILITY TO DRIVE IT MANUALLY.IT DRIVES ITSELF. IT’S HIGHLY INTELLIGENCE. THE FLIGHT COMPUTER MAKES ALL THE CALLS USING THE INPUTS FROM THE SENSORS AND THE DATA THAT IT RECEIVES. REALISTICALLY THIS IS MEANT TO BE HANDS OFF FLIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. BUT IF FOR SOME REASON BOB AND DOUG OR WHOEVER ASTRONAUT IS ON BOARD, THEY MAY NEED TO TAKE CONTROL. >> ON DEMONSTRATION LEVEL ONE WE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF MANEUVERABILITY. AND WHEN WE WERE ON THAT FINAL APPROACH AND DOCKING. BOB AND DOUG ARE PUTTING IT THROUGH THE RINGER, TO PUT THE SYSTEMS THROUGH AND CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE THIS WILL BE THAT FINAL TEST BEFORE NASA CERTIFIES SPACEX.WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SIX MONTHS AND YEAR-LONG MISSIONS WHERE CREW MEMBERS LIVE AND WORK IN SPACE. WE’RE LOOKING TO DO THAT WHEN WE’RE WRAPPED UP WITH DEMO TWO. WE’LL NEXT FOR THAT NEXT TO GO UP. THREE NASA ASTRONAUTS, AND ONE FROM THE JAPANESE SPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT MISSION THIS QUICKLY. >> AS A SPACE ENGINEER MYSELF, PART OF MY JOB IS TO HELP NASA COME IN AND CERTIFY THE HARDWARE THAT WE’RE BUILDING. I’VE BEEN INSIDE THE CAP ACTUAL THAT IS NOW IN SPACE.I’VE BEEN INSIDE THE CAPSULE AS JESSICA MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE WEBCAST, AS SOMEONE WHO HAS SPENT THE LAST FIVE YEARS WORKING FOR THIS MISSION THAT WE’RE EXECUTING TODAY, IT’S SURREAL TO BE NOW PERFORMING THE PARTS OF TESTING AND DEMONSTRATING WITH THE ASTRONAUTS. I REMEMBER HEARING THE COM CHECK ON WEDNESDAY, PRE-FLIGHTS, MAKING SURE THAT ALL DIFFERENT KEY PLAYERS IN THE MISSION WERE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE BACK AND FORTH AS WELL AS TO BOB AND DOG. I JUST GOT CHILLS WHEN I HEARD THEM COMMUNICATING BACK AND FORTH THROUGH MISSION CONTROL. >> IT WAS GREAT TO SEE THEM GET OFF THE GROUND. HOPEFULLY WE SEEM THEM IN TEN MINUTES DOING THIS FLIGHT TEST. WE’LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALONG. WE’RE HERE FOR THE DURATION. >> DRAGON, SPACEX FOR TIMELINE. >> GO AHEAD. >> WE HAVE MANUAL FLIGHT AWARENESS IN TEN MINUTES. AS SOON AS THAT IS COMPLETE, WE’LL HAVE YOU STEP INTO YOUR BEAST BURN AT 21:42.THOSE THREE EVENTS WILL BE CLOSE IN SUCCESSION. >> WE’RE JUST ABOUT CHANGED. WE’LL LOOK TO COME BACK ON BOARD IN FIVE MINUTES OR SO. >> COPY THAT. WE’LL BE STANDING BY. AT YOUR DISCRETION YOU CAN DESTOW THE FLOATER CAMERA. THIS IS JUST PRIOR TO 22:38. >> SO THERE YOU HEARD IT. >> COPY THAT. >> THE INTERNATIONAL STATION RIGHT NOW IS FLYING–LET’S GET A QUICK LOOK AT THE GROUND TRACK. IT IS FLYING OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN OVER THE SOUTHWEST OF MEXICO. IT WILL SWING OUT TO THE CENTRAL PART OF THE UNITED STATES. AT THE TIME OF LAUNCH IT WAS RIGHT OVER NORTH CAROLINA. AND PASSED RIGHT OVER THE CAPE MINUTES BEFORE FLIGHT. WE WERE ABLE TO GET A COUPLE OF PICTURE. THIS PICTURE IS OF THAT PATH AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. THE ROCKET STILL THERE TAKEN TWO MINUTES BEFORE THE LAUNCH. >> THAT IS INCREDIBLE. >> EAGLE EYE FOR CHRIS CASSIDY. WE GOT THESE DOWN AND WE WANTED TO SHARE THEM WITH EVERYONE.IT’S ABOUT TO CROSS OVER THE UNITED STATES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MINUTES. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE CHASING DOWN. THAT’S WHERE YOU CAN APPRECIATE WHY THIS MIGHT TO LONG WHEN SOMEONE IS MOVING THAT QUICKLY AROUND PLANET EARTH, IT IS NOT AS HE IS AS GETTING IN YOUR CARRY AND GOING A COUPLE OF MILES. IT TAKES A LOT OF ENERGY, FUEL AND TIME TO CATCH UP TO ANOTHER SPACECRAFT ALREADY IN ORBIT. >> ABSOLUTELY. AND KEEPING IN THE FACT THAT IT IS IN ORBIT, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AROUND EARTH IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTAND THAT THROTTLING. BECAUSE IN REALITY, BOB AND DOUG ARE ONLY GO 250 MILES UP. THAT IS BANKLY THE DISTANCE FROM LOS ANGELES TO SAN FRANCISCO. IT IS GOING SO FAST AND IT HAS TO GO AROUND PLANET EARTH A NUMBER OF TIMES TO CHASE IT DOWN. BUT IN REALITY, THEY’RE NOT–THEY ARE ABOVE EARTH 250 MILES. WHICH I BELIEVE IS A PRETTY RELATABLE DISTANCE FOR EVERYONE IN TERMS OF UNDERSTANDING JUST HOW FAR UP THEY GO.>> WE ARE . >> THE CONFIRMATION FOR SUIT DRYING. >> CONFIRMATION ON SUIT DRYING. >> GO AHEAD. >> WE’RE 23 MINUTES FOR SUIT DRYING. IF YOU’RE HAPPY WITH US SHUTTING OFF THE SUIT FAN. >> WE CONCUR ON THE TIMER. >> IT SHOULD BE FIVE MINUTES OR SO FROM THAT MANUAL FLIGHT TEST. WE’RE JUST STANDING BY AND GETTING THOSE VIEWS BACK WITH BOB AND DOUG SHORTLY. IF YOU’RE JUST NOW JOINING US, WE LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY, 3 # 2:00 EASTERN TIME. IT WAS A FLAWLESS RIGHT UP HILL. WE GOT THEM IN THE INITIAL ORBIT. WE DID OUR FIRST OF FIVE MAJOR BURNS TO GET TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THAT PHASE BURN BEING DONE SUCCESSFULLY ON TIME. WE’RE STANDING BY FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF MINUTES. >> DRAGON, YOU’RE WELCOME BACK ON BOARD ANY TIME. >> COPY ALL. WE’LL BE SETTING UP FOR THE MANUAL PILOTING DEMO SHORTLY. >> THAT WAS BOB AND DOUG GIVING THE OKAY FOR US TO TURN THE CAMERAS BACK ON INSIDE OF CREW DRAGON. I DID HEAR IN ONE OF THE PREVIOUS COMMANDS EARLIER THAT.>> JAY, JUST A QUICK TAG, THE DETECTERS ARE ALL CONFIRMED OFF, O-F-F. >> COPY. CONFIRMED. >> THEY GOT THE OKAY TO UNSTOW THE FLOATER CAM. IF WE’RE LUCKY WE MIGHT GET A BIT OF A HELLO FROM BOB AND DOUG. FINGERS CROSSED. >> IT WILL BE INCREDIBLE TO SEE THIS FLIGHT TEST. IMAGINE IF YOU REMEMBER SITTING IN THE COCKPIT OF AN F-18 THE FIRST TIME SOMEBODY FLEW IT. THESE ARE TEST PILOTS TEST PILOTING A SPACECRAFT. WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING RIGHT OVER THEIR SHOULDER. THAT’S AN INCREDIBLE FEELING. I’M EXCITED TO SEE THIS AND BE WITH THEM THEIR WHOLE FLIGHT UP TO SPACE. WE’LL HAVE THIS AND ANOTHER BURN COMING UP IN A LITTLE LESS THAN 15 MINUTES FROM NOW. THAT WILL BE THE BOOST BURN TO RAISE UP THAT ORBIT AS THEY BEGIN TO CHASE DOWN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THEN FOR THE REST OF THE DAY THE CREW DOESN’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT. THEY’LL HAVE THEIR EVENING MEAL, WHICH WE’LL GO THROUGH IN A LITTLE WHILE, THEN IT WILL BE TIME FOR BED.IT WILL BE EIGHT HOURS SCHEDULED FOR SLEEP THEN THEY’LL WAKE UP AND DOCKING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. IT HAS ALREADY BEEN A LONG DAY FOR THEM. THEY ONLY HAVE A FEW MORE THINGS. THEN THEY’LL BE ABLE TO KICKBACK AND ENJOY OUTER SPACE FOR A LITTLE BIT. >> THIS MANUAL FLIGHT TEST THAT IS COMING UP, IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM–IT’S THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BOB AND DOUG TO TAKE MANUAL CONTROL OF THE SPACECRAFT, JUST TO DEMONSTRATE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO SO IN THE EVENT THAT THEY NEED TO STEER IT THEMSELVES. THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION MISS. SO THIS FAR FIELD MANUAL FLIGHT TEST IS ONE OF OUR BIG TEST OBJECTIVES FOR THIS MISSION. THAT WILL BE REALLY EXCITING TO SEE. BUT TOUCHING ON THE POINT THAT DAN SAID, WHICH BY THE WAY THAT TEST SHOULD BE COMING UP. >> DRAGON SPACEX WE’RE BACK ON BOARD. >> WELL, THAT’S CONFIRMATION WE SHOULD BE GETTING CABIN VIEWS ONCE AGAIN. THERE WE GOT THEM.THEY’RE THERE LOOKING AT THEIR TOUCH SCREENS PREPARING FOR THIS MANUAL TEST THAT WILL BE COMING UP IN 30 SECONDS. >> IF YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE DISPLAYS, . >> WE ARE READY. >> COPY. >> I’LL GIVE YOU THE GO AFTER THE TRANSITION IS VERIFIED. >> SO AGAIN, THEY’RE GOING TO PUT DRAGON INTO A FAR FIELD POINT AND THEY’RE GOING TO PUT INTO IT A SPECIAL CONFIGURATION TO LET THE FLIGHT COMPUTER KNOW THAT HEY, THIS MANUAL FLIGHT TEST IS HAPPENING, AND THEN IT WON’T BE TRYING TO FIGHT IT FOR JUST THE ATTITUDE AT ANY POINT DURING THIS. ALL THE INPUT THAT DOUG IS GOING TO MAKE AS THEY DO MANUAL FLYING. THEY WON’T SEND THOSE FLIGHT COMMANDS TO THE FLIGHT COMPUTER. WHEN THEY’RE DONE, THEY’LL CONTINUE FLYING ON THEIR WAY TO THE STATION. >> I COULD IMAGINE THEY’RE EXCITED TO CONDUCT THIS TEST. THEY’RE TEST PILOTS. THIS IS WHAT THEY LIVE FOR. AND FOR THEM TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TEST OUT A COMPLETELY NEW VEHICLE, THIS UP COMING TEST IS SOMETHING THAT I’M SURE THEY’VE BEEN LOOKING FOOD FORWARD TO.>> SO WE’RE JUST GOING TO CONTINUE TO STAND BY. WE’LL GET THIS TEST STARTED. WE’LL BE OVER THEIR SHOULDER THE WHOLE TIME AND WE’LL BRING YOU THE RESULTS AFTER IT’S CONCLUDED. >> YOU’RE A HE GOOD TO PERFORM THE PILOTING TEST. THE TEST MUST BE COMPLETED BY 21:26. >> OKAY, WE COPY. WE HAVE TO GO FOR 4.042. WE’LL PUT THAT IN WORK AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE TEST NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BY 2126 ZULU.>> GOOD READ BACK. >> FOR A THOSE OF YOU WATCHING BOB AND DOUG ARE INSIDE THE CREW DRAGON VEHICLE PERFORMING THE MANUAL FLIGHT TEST. YOU CAN MAYBE SEE A LITTLE BIT ON THE FRONT SCREENS HERE FROM THE INSIDE CABIN. BOB AND DOUG MANUALLY PILOTING S YET AGAIN. IT IS MY PLEASURE AND MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MIKE PENCE. [ MUSIC ] >>> HELLO, NASA. HELLO, SPACEX. AND HELLO AMERICA’S FUTURE IN SPACE. THE GOVERNOR, LEADER McCARTHY, MEMBERS OF THE CABINET AND THE JOINT CHIEFS, TO JIM BRIDENSTINE AND THE INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN OF NASA AND SPACEX IT IS AN HONOR AND A JOY FOR ME TO BE HERE WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER ON THE DAY WE MADE HISTORY. ON THE DAY AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS RETURNED TO SPACE ON AN AMERICAN ROCKET FROM AMERICAN SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY TEN YEARS. YOU DID IT. YOU KNOW FOR TOO LONG THE AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAM WAS NEGLECTED AND IGNORED. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. UNDER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP NASA IS BACK AND AMERICA IS LEADING IN SPACE ONCE AGAIN.YOU KNOW IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 50 YEARS SINCE OUR NATION FIRST SET OUT PHOTO — TO LEAD THIS PLANET AND SET AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON THE MOON. TODAY UNDER THIS PRESIDENT WE BEGIN A NEW MISSION, TO RETURN TO THE MOON AND ULTIMATELY LAND AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON THE FACE OF MARS. [ APPLAUSE ] >> WHEN THE APOLLO ROCKETS LEAPED INTO THE SKIES IN THE 1960s, THEY ROSE ABOVE THE TUMULT AND THE CLAMOR OF THEIR TIMES. THEY WERE A SYMBOL OF NATIONAL STRENGTH AND UNITY. AND TODAY AS STATES ACROSS THE NATION TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPS TO REOPEN AND RECOVER FROM AN UNPRECEDENTED PANDEMIC AND OUR NATION REELS FROM THE TRAGIC DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD AND VIOLENT PROTESTS OF THE PAST FEW DAYS, I BELIEVE WITH ALL OF MY HEART THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TODAY WILL FIND THE SAME INSPIRATION AND UNITY OF PURPOSE THAT WE FOUND IN THOSE DAYS IN THE 1960s. IN AMERICA EVERY LIFE MATTERS. THERE’S NO TOLERANCE FOR RACISM OR VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS OF THIS COUNTRY. AS THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE CLEAR, WE WILL HONOR THE MEMORY OF GEORGE FLOYD.JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED. WE WILL HAVE LAW AND ORDER IN OUR STREETS AND WE WILL HEAL OUR LAND AND AS THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY DID SO LONG AGO WE WILL PROVE AGAIN THAT EVEN IN THE MOST CHALLENGING TIMES AMERICANS RISE ABOVE. WE ALWAYS MOVE FORWARD. WE OVERCOME EVERY OBSTACLE. WE REACH NEW HEIGHTS AND WE REACH THEM TOGETHER.[ APPLAUSE ] >> AND IN THAT SPIRIT, TODAY WE BEGIN A NEW ERA OF HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION AND THE CREDIT GOES TO DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, TO THE INGENUITY AND THE HARD WORK OF THE ENTIRE NASA TEAM. AMERICA IS PROUD OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NASA. [ APPLAUSE ] >> BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY OUR ASTRONAUTS HAVE TAKEN TO THE SKIES ON A COMMERCIAL ROCKET BUILT BY AMERICA’S PRIVATE SECTOR. SO JOIN ME IN A VIGOROUS ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ELON MUSK IS THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF SPACEX, JOB WELL DONE. [ APPLAUSE ] >>> WELL DESERVED. THANKS, ELON. ANDF COURSE NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE PERSONAL COURAGE AND THE UNFLINCHING SKILL OF TWO AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS. ONE OF THEM IS AN ACTIVE DUTY COLONEL IN THE AIR FORCE. HE, LIKE HIS CREW MATE, WAS ACCEPTED IN THE NASA ASTRONAUT CORPS IN 2000.HE WAS THE FIRST MARINE PILOT TO FLY THE SUPER HORNET. HE’S LOGGED HOURS IN MORE THAN 25 AIRCRAFT. IN FACT HIS SECOND FLIGHT WAS THE VERY LAST MISSION OF THE FROM AMERICAN SOIL. PLEASE JOIN ME IN GIVING A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO COMMANDER BOB BEHNKEN AND COMMANDER HURLEY. WE ARE PROUD OF OUR AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS. [ APPLAUSE ] >>> BECAUSE OF THEIR COURAGE AND YOUR HARD WORK, AMERICA IS LEADING IN SPACE AGAIN. TODAY IS THE CULMINATION OF THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN SPACE. IT’S A TRIBUTE TO OUR ASTRONAUTS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SPACEX. IT’S ALSO A TRIBUTE TO THE VISION OF A PRESIDENT WHO FROM THE VERY FIRST DAYS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS DETERMINED TO REVIVE NASA AND AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION. TODAY IS A TRIBUTE TO THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. [ APPLAUSE ] >>> AS THE PRESIDENT SAID IN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS, WE STAND AT THE BIRTH OF A NEW MILLENNIUM READY TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF SPACE. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING. THE PRESIDENT REVIVED THE NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL AFTER IT LAID DORMANT FOR YEARS.HE BROUGHT TOGETHER THE BEST MINDS IN AND OUT OF GOVERNMENT TO REVIVE THE AMERICAN SPACE ENTERPRISE. WE REFORMED THE NATIONAL SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, WE STREAMLINED REGULATIONS. AND IN 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE IT THE POLITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO RETURN TO THE MOON BY 2024 AND ENSURE THAT THE NEXT MAN AND THE FIRST WOMAN TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON WOULD BE AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS. AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY. AND AT THE PRESIDENT’S DIRECTION WE WON’T JUST GO BACK TO THE MOON, MISSION ARTEMIS IS GOING TO TAKE US TO THE MOON AND THEN AMERICA WILL TAKE THE NEXT GIANT LEAP AND WE’RE GOING TO LAND AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON MARS. [ APPLAUSE ] >> WE’RE LEADING AGAIN. FOR OUR PROSPERITY, FOR OUR EXPLORERS SPIRIT, BUT WE’RE ALSO LEADING FOR THE SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD INCREASE THEIR INVESTMENT IN SPACE, THIS PRESIDENT ALSO TOOK THE DECISIVE STEP TO ENSURE THAT AMERICA REMAINS AS DOMINANT IN SPACE AS WE ARE IN LAND AND AIR AND SEA.WHEN HE CREATED THE FIRST NEW BRANCH OF OUR ARMED FORCES IN MORE THAN 70 YEARS, THE UNITED STATES SPACE FORCE. SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE CONFIDENT AFTER TODAY’S HISTORY MAKING LAUNCH THAT WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED. AND UNDER THIS PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP WITH THE COURAGE OF OUR ASTRONAUTS, THE INGENUITY OF NASA AND PRIVATE PARTNERS LIKE SPACEX, THE COURAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND GOD’S GRACE WE’LL NEVER STOP REACHING FOR NEW HEIGHTS TO GO HARDER AND FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE. WE WILL INSPIRE THE WORLD AS AMERICA LEADS HUMANITY INTO THE VAST EXPANSE OF SPACE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AND NOW IT’S MY HIGH HONOR AND DISTINCT PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE MAN WHO’S VISION AND RELENTLESS LEADERSHIP BROUGHT US TO THIS HISTORIC DAY, THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. I’M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I’M FREE AND I WON’T FORGET THE MEN WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY THERE AIN’T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. FROM THE LAKES OF MINNESOTA TO THE HILLS OF TENNESSEE ACROSS THE PLAINS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA FROM DETROIT DOWN TO HOUSTON AND NEW YORK TO L.A. WHERE THERE’S PRIDE IN EVERY AMERICAN HEART AND IT’S TIME WE STAND AND SAY THAT I’M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PLEASE, PLEASE, BIG DAY. IT’S A BIG DAY. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR GREAT VICE PRESIDENT FOR YOUR FEARLESS AND TIRELESS COMMITMENT TO FULFILLING AMERICA’S DESTINY IN SPACE. THANK YOU, MIKE, GREAT JOB. GREAT JOB. WE’RE ALL SO GRATEFUL TO MIKE’S WONDERFUL WIFE, KAREN, FOR BEING HERE AND FOR ALL SHE DOES FOR OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU.THANK YOU, KAREN. BEFORE GOING FURTHER ON THIS EXCITING DAY, FOR ALL AMERICA IN SPACE, I WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE SITUATION IN MINNESOTA. THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD ON THE STREETS OF MINNEAPOLIS WAS A GRAVE TRAGEDY. IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. IT HAS FILLED AMERICANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WITH HORROR, ANGER, AND GRIEF. YESTERDAY I SPOKE TO GEORGE’S FAMILY AND EXPRESSED THE SORROW OF OUR ENTIRE NATION FOR THEIR LOSS. I STAND BEFORE YOU AS A FRIEND AND ALLY TO EVERY AMERICAN SEEKING JUSTICE AND PEACE. AND I STAND BEFORE YOU IN FIRM OPPOSITION TO ANYONE EXPLOITING THIS TRAGEDY TO LOOT, ROB, ATTACK, AND MENACE. HEALING NOT HATRED, JUSTICE NOT CHAOS, ARE THE MISSION AT HAND. THE POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THIS INCIDENT HAVE BEEN FIRED FROM THEIR JOBS.ONE OFFICER HAS ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER. STATE AND FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE CARRYING OUT AN INVESTIGATION TO SEE WHAT FURTHER CHARGES MAY BE WARRANTED INCLUDING AGAINST SADLY THE OTHER THREE. IN ADDITION MY ADMINISTRATION HAS OPENED A CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATION AND I HAVE ASKED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO EXPEDITE IT. I UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THAT PEOPLE ARE FEELING. WE SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS AND WE HEAR THEIR PLEAS, BUT WHAT WE ARE NOW SEEING ON THE STREETS OF OUR CITIES HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JUSTICE OR WITH PEACE.THE MEMORY OF GEORGE FLOYD IS BEING DISHONORED BY RIOTERS, LOOTERS, AND ANARCHISTS. THE VIOLENCE AND VANDALISM IS BEING LED BY ANTIFA AND OTHER RADICAL LEFT WING GROUPS WHO ARE TERRORIZING THE INNOCENT, DESTROYING JOBS, HURTING BUSINESSES, AND BURNING DOWN BUILDINGS. THE MAIN VICTIMS OF THIS HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE SITUATION ARE THE CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN THESE ONCE LOVELY COMMUNITIES. THE MOBS ARE DEVASTATING THE LIFE’S WORK OF GOOD PEOPLE AND DESTROYING THEIR DREAMS. RIGHT NOW AMERICA NEEDS CREATION, NOT DESTRUCTION, COOPERATION, NOT CONTEMPT, SECURITY AND NOT ANARCHY. AND THERE WILL BE NO ANARCHY. CIVILIZATION MUST BE CHERISHED, DEFENDED, AND PROTECTED.THE VOICES OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS MUST BE HEARD AND HEARD VERY LOUDLY. WE CANNOT AND MUST NOT ALLOW A SMALL GROUP OF CRIMINALS AND VANDALS TO WRECK OUR CITIES AND LAY WASTE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. WE MUST DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF EVERY CITIZEN TO LIVE WITHOUT VIOLENCE, PREJUDICE, OR FEAR. WE SUPPORT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF POLICE OFFICERS WHO ARE INCREDIBLE IN EVERY WAY AND DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANTS. THEY KEEP OUR CITIES SAFE, PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM GANGS AND DRUGS AND RISK THEIR OWN LIVES FOR US EVERY DAY. NO ONE IS MORE UPSET THAN FELLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BY THE SMALL HANDFUL WHO FAIL TO ABIDE BY THEIR OATH TO SERVE AND PROTECT.MY ADMINISTRATION WILL STOP MOB VIOLENCE AND WE’LL STOP IT COLD. IT DOES NOT SERVE THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE OR ANY CITIZEN OF ANY RACE, COLOR, OR CREED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE IN TO ANARCHY, ABANDON POLICE PRECINCTS, OR ALLOW COMMUNITIES TO BE BURNED TO THE GROUND. IT WON’T HAPPEN. THOSE MAKING EXCUSES OR JUSTIFICATIONS FOR VIOLENCE ARE NOT HELPING THE DOWNTRODDEN BUT DELIVERING NEW ANGUISH AND NEW PAIN. FROM DAY ONE OF MY ADMINISTRATION WE’VE MADE IT A TOP PRIORITY TO BUILD UP DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES AND REVITALIZE OUR CRUMBLING INNER CITIES. WE FOUGHT HARD WITH SENATOR TIM SCOTT AND MANY OTHERS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY ZONES, HELPING TO DRAW A SURGE OF NEW INVESTMENT TO THE PLACES IN OUR COUNTRY THAT NEED IT MOST. WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER AS A SOCIETY TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITY AND TO CREATE A FUTURE OF GREATER DIGNITY AND PROMISE FOR ALL OF OUR PEOPLE.WE MUST FORGE A PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND THE FAITH COMMUNITY TO RESTORE HOPE. RADICAL LEFT CRIMINALS, THUGS, AND OTHERS ALL THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SET COMMUNITIES ABLAZE. WE WON’T LET IT HAPPEN. IT HARMS THOSE WHO HAVE THE LEAST AND WE WILL BE PROTECTING THOSE WHO HAVE THE LEAST. THE LEADERSHIP OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ARE NOW IN CLOSE COMMUNICATION WITH STATE AND CITY OFFICIALS IN MINNESOTA AND WE’RE COORDINATING OUR EFFORTS WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ALL ACROSS OUR NATION.IN AMERICA JUSTICE IS NEVER ACHIEVED AT THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY MOB. I WILL NOT ALLOW ANGRY MOBS TO DOMINATE, IT WON’T HAPPEN. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE PROTECT THE CROWN JEWEL OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, THE RULE OF LAW, AND OUR INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OF JUSTICE. EVERY CITIZEN IN EVERY COMMUNITY HAS THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE IN THEIR WORKPLACE, SAFE IN THEIR HOMES, AND SAFE IN OUR CITY STREETS. THIS IS THE SACRED RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS THAT I AM TOTALLY DETERMINED TO DEFEND AND WILL DEFEND. MY ADMINISTRATION WILL ALWAYS STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE, MAYHEM, AND DISORDER. WE WILL STAND WITH THE FAMILY OF GEORGE FLOYD WITH THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS AND WITH EVERY LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN WHO WANTS DECENCY, CIVILITY, SAFETY, AND SECURITY. WE ARE WORKING TOWARD A MORE JUST SOCIETY, BUT THAT MEANS BUILDING UP NOT TEARING DOWN, JOINING HANDS NOT HURLING FISTS, STANDING IN SOLIDARITY NOT SURRENDERING TO HOSTILITY. MOMENTS AGO AS WE WITNESSED THE LAUNCH OF TWO GREAT AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE WE WERE FILLED WITH THE SENSE OF PRIDE AND UNITY THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER AS AMERICANS.THAT SAME SPIRIT WHICH POWERED OUR ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON HAS ALSO HELPED LIFT OUR COUNTRY TO EVER GREATER HEIGHTS OF JUSTICE AND OPPORTUNITY THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. SO TODAY AS WE MARK A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO AMERICA’S FUTURE IN SPACE, A TREMENDOUS COMMITMENT IT IS, LET US ALSO COMMIT TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS RIGHT HERE ON EARTH. WHEN AMERICANS ARE UNITED, THERE IS NOTHING WE CANNOT DO. FROM DAY ONE OF MY ADMINISTRATION WE PUT AMERICA FIRST. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THIS AFTERNOON I AM DELIGHTED TO BE WITH YOU AT CAPE CANAVERAL IN THIS STORIED HOME OF AMERICAN DARING, ASPIRATION, AND DRIVE. THIS IS THE FIRST BIG SPACE MISSION IN 50 YEARS, THINK OF IT AND IT IS AN HONOR TO BE DELIVERING IT. TODAY AS WE GATHER IN THIS SPECIAL PLACE TO CELEBRATE NOT ONLY THE LAUNCH BUT ALSO OUR NATION’S BOLD AND TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE STARS, IT’S A SPECIAL DAY. MOMENTS AGO THE WORLD BORE WITNESS TO THE FLIGHT OF THE FIRST U.S. MANNED SPACECRAFT IN 30 YEARS SINCE THE SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCHED. I AM HONORED TO ANNOUNCE THE SPACEX DRAGON CAPSULE HAS SUCCESSFULLY REACHED EARTH’S ORBIT AND THAT OUR ASTRONAUTS ARE SAFE AND SOUND.[ APPLAUSE ] WITH THIS LAUNCH THE DECADES OF LOST YEARS AND LITTLE ACTION ARE OFFICIALLY OVER. A NEW AGE OF AMERICAN AMBITION HAS NOW BEGUN. PAST LEADERS PUT THE UNITED STATES AT THE MERCY OF FOREIGN NATIONS TO SEND OUR ASTRONAUTS INTO ORBIT, NOT ANYMORE. TODAY WE ONCE AGAIN PROUDLY LAUNCH AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON AMERICAN ROCKETS, THE BEST IN THE WORLD FROM RIGHT HERE ON AMERICAN SOIL. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THOSE OF US WHO SAW THE SPECTACULAR AND UNFORGETTABLE LIFT OFF THIS AFTERNOON WATCHED MORE THAN AN ACT OF HISTORY.WE WATCHED AN ACT OF HEROISM. EVERY TIME OUR ASTRONAUTS CLIMB ABOARD A ROCKET WHICH IS MANY, MANY STORIES OF ONLY ENGINE AND FUEL AND VAULT ACROSS THE SKY, THEY DISPLAY BREATHTAKING VALOR. WHAT COLONEL DOUGLAS HURLEY AND COLONEL ROBERT BEHNKEN DID THIS AFTERNOON WAS PURE COURAGE. THEY JOIN THE RANKS OF JUST SEVEN PRIOR AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS WHO HAVE MADE THE PERILOUS MAIDEN VOYAGE TO TEST A NEW LINE OF SPACECRAFT. THE NAMES OF HURLEY AND BEHNKEN WILL STAND IN THE HISTORY BOOKS ALONGSIDE THOSE OF LEGENDS LIKE ALAN SHEPARD, JOHN YOUNG, NOW THESE BRAVE AND SELFLESS ASTRONAUTS WILL CONTINUE THEIR MISSION TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AS THEY PROCEED TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BEFORE RETURNING TO EARTH. WE WISH THEM GODSPEED ON THEIR JOURNEY. AND AS ONE PROUD NATION WE SALUTE THEIR FEARLESS SERVICE.THANK YOU. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>> I ALSO WANT TO SEND OUR NATION’S GRATITUDE TO THE WIVES OF THESE VALIANT ASTRONAUTS, BOTH OF WHOM ARE ASTRONAUTS THEMSELVES. KAREN NYBURG AND MEGAN McARTHUR. WE JOIN THEM IN CHEERING FOR OUR NATION’S SAFE RETURN. AS WE USHER IN A NEW ERA IN SPACE, WE ARE REMINDED THAT AMERICA IS ALWAYS IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSCENDING GREAT CHALLENGES. OUR NATION IS BLESSED WITH LIMITLESS RESERVES, TALENT, TENACITY, AND RESOLVE. THE SAME SPIRIT OF AMERICAN DETERMINATION THAT SENDS OUR PEOPLE INTO SPACE, WILL CONQUER THIS DISEASE ON EARTH. IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.NOTHING, NOT EVEN GRAVITY ITSELF CAN HOLD AMERICANS DOWN OR KEEP AMERICA BACK. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE AND DIRECTOR OF KENNEDY SPACE CENTER FOR WELCOMING US THIS EVENING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GREAT JOB. GREAT JOB. COME A LONG WAY IN THREE AND A HALF YEARS, HAVEN’T WE, JIM? FROM THE INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN HERE AT NASA AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER TO THE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER IN TEXAS, WE LOVE YOU TOO, TO NASA IN PLUM BROOK STATION IN SANDUSKY, OHIO, THANK YOU ALL FOR WORKING SO HARD TO MAKE THIS DAY A REALITY.WE HAVE MANY OTHER GREAT DAYS ALMOST READY TO HAPPEN. ALSO WITH US ARE MANY MEMBERS OF MY CABINET INCLUDING OUR GREAT NEW DNI JOHN RADCLIFF. THANK YOU, JOHN. WE HAVE A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE, VERY SPECIAL MAN, RAN A GREAT, GREAT CAMPAIGN, GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA RON DESANTIS. THANK YOU, RON. THANK YOU, RON. YOUR SENATORS RICK SCOTT AND MARCO RUBIO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. LEADER KEVIN McCARTHY. KEVIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.GREAT JOB YOU DO, KEVIN. AND REPRESENTATIVES MATT GATES, JOHN RUTHERFORD, MICHAEL WALTZ, BILL POSEY, DANIEL WEBSTER, RYAN MAST, BILL FLORES, RYAN BABITT, RODNEY DAVIS, ROGER MARSHALL, AND STEPHEN POLAZO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHAT A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE. THEY’RE WARRIORS. THEY’RE REALLY WARRIORS. THEY HELPED SO MUCH GET THIS DONE AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS. WITH US ALSO IS OUR AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF, GENERAL DAVID GOLDSTEIN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, GENERAL. THANK YOU. AND CHIEF OF SPACE OPERATIONS, THE FIRST EVER NAMED, AND NOW A MEMBER OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. BECAUSE WE CREATED THE UNITED STATES SPACE FORCE, GENERAL JAY RAYMOND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JAY. THANK YOU. AND SENIOR MEMBERS ALSO OF OUR GREAT UNITED STATES MILITARY HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER THAN IT IS RIGHT NOW. ALSO ATTORNEY GENERAL OF FLORIDA ASHLEY MOODY AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF FLORIDA JIMMY PATRONUS AND MANY OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS.THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. WE APPRECIATE IT. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO CONGRATULATE SOMEONE WHO TRULY EMBODIES THE AMERICAN RISK TAKING. AFTER ACHIEVING SUCCESS AS AN INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR, HE COULD HAVE SPENT HIS FORTUNE DOING ANYTHING INCLUDING YACHTING, LOTS OF THINGS, HE COULD DO LOTS OF THINGS. BUT IN 2002 HE BEGAN POURING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF HIS OWN MONEY INTO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR A NEW ROCKET. HE’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE. HE LIKED ROCKETS. HE ASSEMBLED A CREW OF SOME OF THE GREATEST MINDS AND TALENT IN AMERICAN AEROSPACE. IN THE YEARS SINCE SPACEX HAS BECOME THE FIRST PRIVATE COMPANY TO DEVELOP ITS SUCCESSFUL OWN ROCKET INTO ORBIT, AND OF COURSE MOMENTS AGO SPACEX BECAME THE FIRST PRIVATE COMPANY TO PUT HUMANS INTO ORBIT AROUND THE ORBIT.ELON MUSK, CONGRATULATIONS. CONGRATULATIONS, ELON. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANKS, ELON. FOR ELON AND 8,000 SPACEX EMPLOYEES TODAY IS THE FULFILLMENT OF A DREAM ALMOST TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING. FOR YEARS ON END THEY HAVE WORKED HAND IN HAND WITH NASA SCULPTING ALUMINUM, TIGHTENING VALVES, TUNING NOZZLES, TESTING PARACHUTES AND FILLING MASSIVE TANKS WITH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF KEROSENE AND LIQUID OXYGEN. TODAY THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NASA AND SPACEX HAS GIVEN OUR NATION THE GIFT OF AN UNMATCHED POWER, A STATE OF THE ART SPACESHIP TO PUT OUR ASTRONAUTS INTO THE ORBIT AT A FRACTION OF THE COST OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE. AND IT’S MUCH BETTER. FROM NOW ON THE UNITED STATES WILL LEVERAGE THE FAST GROWING CAPABILITIES OF OUR COMMERCIAL SECTOR AND THE FINEST PIECES OF REAL ESTATE ON EARTH WHICH YOU NEED VERY BADLY TO SEND U.S. ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE. UNDER NASA’S COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM WE WILL USE ROCKETS AND SPACECRAFT DESIGNED, BUILT, OWNED, AND LAUNCHED BY PRIVATE AMERICAN COMPANIES AT A FIXED PRICE FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. TODAY’S LAUNCH MAKES CLEAR THE COMMERCIAL SPACE INDUSTRY IS THE FUTURE.THE MODERN WORLD WAS BUILT BY RISK TAKERS AND RENEGADES FIERCE COMPETITORS. CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY WHO PURSUED OPPORTUNITIES NO ONE ELSE SAW AND ENVISIONED WHAT NO ONE ELSE COULD EVER THINK OF SEEING. THE UNITED STATES WILL HARNESS THE UNRIVALLED CREATIVITY AND SPEED OF OUR PRIVATE SECTOR TO GO EVEN FURTHER INTO THE UNKNOWN. THIS LAUNCH ALSO MARKS AN EXCITING TURNING POINT FOR NASA. THIS AGENCY WILL NOW FOCUS ITS UNMATCHED EXPERTISE LIKE NOBODY HAS EVER SEEN AND POWER AND INTEGRITY TO DO WHAT NASA DOES BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE AND IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE, EMBARK ON THE MOST DIFFICULT, MOST DARING, MOST AUDACIOUS MISSIONS IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANKIND. WHEN I FIRST CAME INTO OFFICE THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO, NASA HAD LOST ITS WAY AND THE EXCITEMENT, ENERGY, AND THE AMBITION AS ALMOST EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM KNOWS WAS GONE.THERE WAS GRASS GROWING THROUGH THE CRACKS OF YOUR CONCRETE RUNWAYS. NOT A PRETTY SIGHT, NOT A PRETTY SIGHT AT ALL. THE LAST ADMINISTRATION PRESIDES OVER THE CLOSING OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE AND ALMOST ALL OF THE GIANT FACILITY THAT KEEPS SO MANY PEOPLE WORKING, SO MANY BRILLIANT MINDS GOING, PEOPLE WERE CRYING, THEY WERE DEVASTATED, BUT NOW IT’S THE GREATEST OF ITS KIND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND WILL GET GREATER AND GREATER WITH YEARS TO COME. I PROMISE YOU THAT. [ APPLAUSE ] >> WE HAVE CREATED THE ENVY OF THE WORLD AND WE’LL SOON BE LANDING ON MARS AND WE’LL SOON HAVE THE GREATEST WEAPONS EVER IMAGINED IN HISTORY.I’VE ALREADY SEEN DESIGNS. AND EVEN I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. THE UNITED STATES HAS REGAINED OUR PLACE OF PRESTIGE AS THE WORLD LEADER. AS HAS OFTEN BEEN STATED, YOU CAN’T BE NUMBER ONE ON EARTH IF YOU ARE NUMBER TWO IN SPACE. [ APPLAUSE ] >> AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE NUMBER TWO ANYWHERE. NOWHERE IS THIS MORE TRUE THAN WITH OUR MILITARY WHICH WE HAVE COMPLETELY REBUILT. UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION WE HAVE INVESTED $2.5 TRILLION IN NEW PLANES, SHIPS, SUBMARINES, TANKS, MISSILES, ROCKETS, ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF. AND LAST YEAR I SIGNED A LAW CREATING THE SIXTH BRANCH OF THAT ALREADY VERY FAMOUS UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, THE SPACE FORCE. FOR EVERY CITIZEN WHO HAS EAGERLY WAITED FOR AMERICA TO REIGNITE THOSE ENGINES OF WILL, CONFIDENCE, AND IMAGINATION THAT PUT A MAN ON THE MOON. I STAND BEFORE YOU TO SAY YOU NEED WAIT NO LONGER. THROUGH NASA’S ARTEMIS PROGRAM THE UNITED STATES IS PREPARING FOR A MISSION TO MARS. EARLIER THIS WEEK I SAW THE ORIEN CAPSULES BEING WORKED O IN THIS BUILDING AS PART OF THE ARTEMIS MOON TO MARS PROGRAM, THOSE CAPSULES WILL SOON RETURN AMERICANS TO LUNAR ORBIT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 50 YEARS, HALF A CENTURY.BY 2024 OUR ASTRONAUTS WILL RETURN TO THE LUNAR SURFACE TO ESTABLISH A PERMANENT PRESENCE AND A LAUNCHING PAD TO MARS. [ APPLAUSE ] >> AND THE FIRST WOMAN ON THE MOON WILL BE AN AMERICAN WOMAN AND THE FIRST NATION TO LAND ON MARS WILL BE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. [ APPLAUSE ] >> SINCE I SIGNED THE ORDER TO ESTABLISH THESE GOALS SHORTLY AFTER TAKING OFFICE, WE HAVE MADE RAPID GAINS, A NEW 22,000 POUND CAPSULE IS ALREADY BUILT. THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPACESUITS ARE ALREADY MADE. COLOSSAL ROCKETS ARE NOW BEING TESTED AND THE CONTRACTS FOR THREE SEPARATE LUNAR LANDERS HAVE BEEN AWARDED AND SIGNED AND THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT.IN THE YEARS AHEAD AMERICA WILL GO BIGGER, BOLDER, FURTHER, FASTER, AND AMERICA WILL GO FIRST. AMERICA WILL ALWAYS BE FIRST. TO BE CERTAIN WE WILL MEET THE ADVERSITY AND HARDSHIP ALONG THE WAY. THERE MAY EVEN BE TRAGEDY BECAUSE THAT IS THE DANGER OF SPACE, THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THAT. THE POWER THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IS UNRIVALLED, THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT PROBLEMS, WE’LL HAVE VERY FEW OF THEM.WE WILL CONFRONT ALL OF THOSE CHALLENGES KNOWING THAT THE QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING IS THE OLDEST AND DEEPEST HOPE IN OUR SOULS. THE INNATE HUMAN DESIRE TO EXPLORE AND INNOVATE IS WHAT PROPELS THE ENGINES OF PROGRESS AND THE MARCH OF CIVILIZATION. WE WILL PRESERVE AND PERSEVERE AND WE WILL BE SURE OF A FUTURE OF AMERICAN DOMINANCE IN SPACE. OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS I REESTABLISHED THE NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL. I ISSUED A DIRECTIVE CUTTING RED TAPE FOR INNOVATIVE SPACE COMPANIES SUCH AS SPACEX. WE CREATED THE WORLD’S FIRST COMPREHENSIVE SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. LAST MONTH I SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING U.S. POLICY FOR THE RECOVERY AND USE OF SPACE RESOURCES AND MINERALS. ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENSTINE ANNOUNCED THE ARTEMIS OF COURSE TO GOVERN THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. TODAY WE WILL ASSERT AMERICA’S RIGHTFUL HERITAGE AS THE GREATEST SPACE FAIRING NATION ON THE PLANET AND ALREADY IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE.SINCE THE UNITED STATES STOPPED SENDING ASTRONAUTS DEEP INTO SPACE, 1972. NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS EVER DONE IT. THE REASONS ARE SIMPLE, COST, TECHNOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY, AND TREMENDOUS DANGER. FOR INSTANCE I WAS TOLD THAT THE ROCKET YOU JUST WITNESSED HAD TO BE LAUNCHED WITHIN ONE SECOND OR IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR IT TO HIT ITS TARGET. AND I WAS HERE TWO DAYS AGO AND I SAID TO JIM, JIM, IT’S OKAY WHY DON’T YOU WAIT 5 OR 10 MINUTES. AND HE SAID, SIR, WE ONLY HAVE A WINDOW OF ONE SECOND AND I WALKED OUT OF HERE SHAKING MY HEAD. IS THAT TRUE, JIM, YES IT’S TRUE. SPACE TRAVEL IS NOT A FEAT OF ENGINEERING ALONE.IT’S ALSO A MORAL ENDEAVOR, A MEASURE OF A NATION’S VISION, ITS WILL POWER, ITS PLACE IN THE WORLD. EXPLORATION IS A TEST OF OUR VALUES AND OF OUR FAITH. AMERICA IS A NATION DEFINED BY ITS COMMITMENT TO DISCOVERY. TO SOLVE MYSTERIES, TO CHART THE UNKNOWN, TO PRESS THE LIMITS, TO ACHIEVE THE FULLEST EXPRESSION OF LIFE’S POTENTIAL. AND TO ENSURE THAT AMERICA IS THE NATION THAT ALWAYS LEADS THE WAY AND ESPECIALLY IN SPACE.THIS EVENING I AM MORE CONFIDENT THAN EVER BEFORE THAT AMERICA STANDS POISED TO THRIVE IN THIS GRAND UNDERTAKING. IT’S INCREDIBLE. WE ARE A NATION OF PIONEERS. WE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO CROSSED THE OCEAN, CARVED OUT A FOOTHOLD ON A VAST CONTINENT, SETTLED A GREAT WILDERNESS AND THEN SET OUR EYES UPON THE STARS. THIS IS OUR HISTORY AND THIS IS OUR DESTINY. NOW LIKE OUR ANCESTORS BEFORE US, WE ARE VENTURING OUT TO EXPLORE A NEW MAGNIFICENT FRONTIER. IT’S CALLED SPACE. OUR MOST DARING FEATS, OUR MOST EPIC JOURNEYS, OUR BIGGEST ADVENTURES AND OUR FINEST DAYS ARE JUST BEGINNING. AMERICA’S PROUDEST MOMENTS ARE STILL AHEAD. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF OUR MOST EXCITING YEARS AND NEXT YEAR MAY BE THE MOST EXCITING OF ALL, YOU JUST WATCH.SO TODAY AS OUR BRAVE AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS BLAZE A TRAIL INTO THE HEAVENS, WE PROCLAIM FOR ALL TO HEAR THAT WE HAVE NOT YET TESTED THE FULL STRENGTH OF THE AMERICAN CHARACTER. AND THE WORLD HAS NOT YET SEEN THE FULL GLORY OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND FOR YOUR HUMANITY’S MARCH INTO THE STARS, THE BEST IS YET TO COME. [ APPLAUSE ] >>> IT WAS A GREAT HONOR FOR ME TO DELIVER THIS SPEECH. GOD BLESS OUR BRAVE ASTRONAUTS NOW SOARING THROUGH THE HEAVENS. GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NASA AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] [ MUSIC ] >> DRAGON SPACEX FOR THE MEDIA EVENT.AND THERMAL ENERGY FLICKERING. >> DRAGON SPACEX. >> GO AHEAD. >> YES, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO GET THE FLOATING MEDIA CAMERA OUT TO PREP FOR THE MEDIA EVENT? >> NO, WE HAVEN’T YET. BUT WE CAN PUT THAT IN WORK IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO. >> YES, WE WOULD LIKE TO CHECK IT DURING THE NEXT GROUND STATION TIME. >> BOB WILL DO THAT. >> THAT IS GREAT. THE NEXT PASS IS IN FIVE MINUTES. DOUG, I HAVE WORDS FOR YOU ON THE THERMAL ENERGY FLICKERS WHILE YOU WERE PILOTING. IF YOU’RE READY FOR THAT. >> YEAH, GO AHEAD. >> THIS IS A NOMINAL FEATURE OF THE CAMERA, AND THE CAMERA IS DOING A SELF CORRECTION. AND MEANING THAT THE CAMERAS HAS NOT YET REACHE EQUILIBRIUM. IT TAKES TIME FROM POWER ON, AND WHEN YOU TURN THE POWER ON YOU CAN EXPECT IT TO FLICKER FOR A WHILE AS IT REACHES EQUILIBRIUM.>> OKAY. THAT ALL SOUNDS GOOD. >> DOUG, WHEN YOU’RE READY, THE MEDIA, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHICH STEPS YOU WANT TO COMPLETE ON THE MEDIA EVENT TIMELINE. >> OKAY, WE HAVE IT PULLED UP. >> IF YOU WANT TO DELAY TALKING ABOUT THIS, IF YOU WANT TO FINISH YOUR MEAL. >> YES, GIVE US A COUPLE OF MINUTES, THEN WE’LL CALL YOU BACK. >> AND THE CAMERA IS OUT. AND SET UP SO IF YOU GUYS WANT TO DO THE GROUND STATION CHECK OUT, IT SHOULD BE READY TO GO. >> COPY. FOR THE SET UP WE’RE GOING TO BE CHANGING SOME OF THE LIGHTING CONFIGURATION.THAT IS FROM THE GROUND. >> YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE INSIDE OF THE SPACE STATION FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM. THIS IS ONE OF THREE THAT WE’LL BE USING TODAY. WINDING DOWN FOR THE DAY AFTER OVERSEEING SOME OF THE PRE-LAUNCH AND LAUNCH ACTIVITIES AND SOME OF THE INITIAL BURNS OF THE FLIGHT OF THE DRAGON ON ITS WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE’LL BE CONDUCTING HAND OVER SHORTLY WITH THE FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM. THAT’S ONE OF THREE THAT WE’LL BE USING.REBECCA WILL BE LEADING THE TEAM ON SOME OF THE OVERNIGHT SHIFT WHILE BOB AND DOUG ARE ASLEEP. CHRIS CASSIDY ALSO ENTERING HIS SLEEP PERIOD, GETTING A FULL NIGHT’S REST BEFORE PREPPING FOR THE SPACE STATION. A LOT OF THAT WORK COMPLETED FROM SOME OF THE PRE-WORK DONE. EVEN FOR THE FIRST LAUNCH ATTEMPT ON MAY 27TH, CHECKING OUT SOME OF THE MONITORING TOOLS AND THE COMMUNICATION HARDWARE THAT NEEDS TO BE USED AND CHECKED OUT PRIOR TO THE LAUNCH OF BOB AND DOUG A LOT OF THAT WORK DONE TODAY. SATURDAY, THE MAIN TASK OF CHRIS CASSIDY WAS CLEANING THE SPACE STATION AND HE’S GOT THE ROOMS PREPPED FOR BOB AND DOUG WON THEIR ARRIVAL. WE’RE ENTERING INTO A MEDIA EVENT. WE’LL BE ABLE TO SEE VIEWS FROM INSIDE THE DRAGON. BOB AND DOUG FINISHING UP THEIR MEAL. THEY’RE SHIFTING A LITTLE BIT IN TERMS OF WHAT CHRIS CASSIDY IS EXPERIENCING, BUT THEY’LL ALL BE SYNCED UP WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT 9:30 CENTRAL TIME TOMORROW.AGAIN, TEAMS WINDING DOWN. THE FLIGHT DIRECTOR ORBIT TWO TEAM WILL BE HANDING OVER SHORTLY TO REBECCA, OVER IN THE WERE YOU FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM. UNTIL THEN, WE’LL TOSS IT BACK OVER TO HAWTHORNE TO TAKE US THROUGH THE MEDIA EVENT COMING UP HERE SHORTLY. >> WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING OUR FIRST GLIMPSE INSIDE OUR DRAGON WITH BOB AND DOUG. WE’VE HAD A SPECTACULAR DAY, AN ON-TIME LIFT OFF GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE WERE ONCE AGAIN IFFY ON THE WEATHER JUST SEEING THE BLUE SKY COME OUT IN FORCE UPON LIFT OFF WAS QUITE A SIGHT. AND JUST REALLY QUICK, I’LL CHECK THE CLOCK HERE. WE JUST PASSED THE T-PLUS. >> I THINK WE JUST LOST YOUR AUDIO. WE’LL MAKE SURE SHE CAN KEEP SAYING IT IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES. WE HAVE THAT ON TIME LIFT OFF AT 3:22 EASTERN TIME FROM PAD 39 A DELIVERING BOB AND DOUG TO THEIR INITIAL ORBIT. WE HAVE NOT TRACKED ANY ISSUES WITH DRAGON SINCE THEY HAVE ARRIVED IN OUTER SPACE.WE HAVE COMPLETED TWO OF OUR BURNS, TWO OF FIVE THAT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO GETTING US TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE DID THAT PHASE BURN JUST A FEW HOURS AGO. IT IS WRAPPING UP AT 1:16 P.M. OVER HERE AT THE WEST COAST. AND BOB AND DOUG DID THE CONTROLS FLIGHT TEST. THEY WERE ABLE TO COMPLETE THAT OBJECTIVE TEST SUCCESSFULLY AND PUTTING IT IN A SPECIAL ORIENTATION. USING THE EARTH ITSELF AS A GUIDE TO POSITION THEMSELVES AS THEY’RE FLYING. ALSO ABLE TO DO THAT BOOST BURN SUCCESSFULLY. THAT WRAPPED UP JUST ABOUT 20 MINUTES AGO. ANOTHER TWO AND A HALF MINUTE FIRING OF THOSE DRACO THRUSTERRERS, THE SECOND OF FIVE BURNS TO GET US TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> RIGHT NOW, THE CREW IS STILL ON BOARD DRAGON. IT’S THE LATTER PART OF THEIR DAY. IT’S BEEN A PRETTY LONG DAY. AT THIS MOMENT THEY’RE WRAPPING UP THEIR MEAL.THE FIRST MEAL VIA CREW ON BOARD DRAGON, WE’LL SEE IF THEY LET US IN ON WHAT THE WERE EATING WHEN WE GET INSIDE WITH THEM IN THE CABIN IN JUST A LITTLE WHILE. THE NEXT MAJOR MILESTONE COMING UP IS GOING TO BE THE CLOSE CO-ELIPTIC BURN. THIS IS A LITTLE MORE CIRCULARIZE OUR ORBIT. WE’LL BE A CONSTANT TEN KILOMETERS LOWER THAN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THAT’S COMING UP IN JUST 21 MINUTES FROM NOW. ASSUMING THAT BURN GETS DONE SUCCESSFULLY. WE’LL BE THREE OF FIVE IN THE BAG AND WELL ON OUR WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. AND THEN WE SHOULD GET A CHANCE TO CHECK IN WITH BOB AND DOUG ON BOARD. >> I JUST REALLY, REALLY PLEASED WITH THE MISSION PROGRESS THUS FAR. LIKE WE’VE SAID BEFORE LAUNCH TODAY, YOU KNOW, THAT IS NOT WHERE IT ENDED. BOB AND DOUG ARE EN ROUTE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.BUT EVEN ONCE THEY HOP ON BOARD THE SPACE STATION, IT’S STILL NOT DONE, RIGHT? WE GOT TO GET THEM BACK HOME. SO JUST AS A REMINDER, WHILE IT WILL BE A VERY LONG INITIAL DAY OF THE MISSION, IT CERTAINLY IS NOT THE CONCLUSION. SO JUST SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND. WE WILL BE STAYING LIVE HERE WITH YOU ON AIR, BRINGING YOU UPDATES THROUGHOUT BOB AND DOUG’S JOURNAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OVER THE NEXT–LET’S SEE, WE HAVE ANOTHER 15 HOURS LEFT? 15.5 HOURS.THE ENERGY IN THE BUILDING HERE AT HEADQUARTERS IS VERY MUCH ELECTRIC. YOU KNOW, GIVEN THE SUCCESS OF THE DAY THUS FAR. BUT MISSION CONTROL IS RIGHT NEXT TO ME TO MY LEFT. WE JUST HAD A SHIFT CHANGE AMONG THE DRAGON OPERATORS, AND WE’RE STILL GOING STRONG. >> THEY’RE ALSO DOING A SHIFT CHANGE OVER AT MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON. YOU HAVE TEAMS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK THERE IN HOUSTON AND AROUND THE CLOCK NOW FOR THIS FLIGHT UPHILL FOR BRAGGEN. JUST SOME OF THE VOICES YOU’RE GOING TO BE HEARING THROUGHOUT TE CAP COME HERE IN HAWTHORNE TALKING TO BOB AND DOUG. HE HAS SINCE HANDED IT OVER TO LAURA CRABTREE, WHO IS ON CONSULT THERE AT MISSION CONTROL CENTER HERE IN HAWTHORNE. WE’LL TALK TO BOB AND DOUG BEFORE THEY GO FOR THEIR EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP. WHEN THEY WAKE UP, WE’LL BE INTO OUR FIFTH AND FINAL BURN. AT THAT POINT THEY’LL BE ONLY ABOUT SEVEN KILOMETERS BEHIND, THEN THEY’LL EXECUTE A BURN THAT WILL BRING THEM CLOSE TO THE SPACE STATION. BY THAT POINT WE’LL BE GETTING VIEWS FROM THE STATION, WHICH WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO.>> YES, ABSOLUTELY. THERE IS A VIEW ON YOUR SCREEN ON YOUR RIGHT-HAND SIDE THAT IS MISSION CONTROL HERE. IN HAWTHORNE CALIFORNIA. I BELIEVE ON THE LEFT THERE THAT THAT IS OUR. LAURA CRABTREE. SHE WOULD BE THE PERSON WHO IS COMMUNICATING BACK AND FORTH ON EVENTS, AND CONFIRMING PROCEDURE EVENTS. IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL DAY. GETTING BACK TO THE NEXT EVENT WE HAVE COMING UP IN 20 MINUTES–THEREABOUTS, ALMOST WE’LL GET TO THE CLOSE BURN. LIKE WE SAID BEFORE, THAT WILL PLACE BRAGGEN ON ORBIT. THAT WILL PLACE DRAGON ON ORBIT.NOW AS A REMINDER THERE ARE 15 DIFFERENT THRUSTERS. THE FOUR FORWARD DRACO THRUSTERS ARE PRIMARILY USED FOR THESE DELTA VELOCITY MANEUVERS LIKE WE WOULD BE EXECUTING HERE WITH THE CLOSE BURN. THE 12 SERVICE SECTION DRACOS ARE AROUND DRAGON SPACE. THOSE ARE USED FOR ATTITUDE AND LOW IMPULSE TRANSLATIONAL CONTROL. THEY HAVE BEEN USED FOR EACH OF THE BURNS. WE HAVE REDUNDANCY BUILT INTO DRAGON IF WE RUN INTO ISSUES WITH ANY OF THE THUSSERS DURING THE MISSION. WE SHOULD BE COMING UP TO THAT BURN IN 16 MINUTES. >> WHEN WE GET THERE, IT WILL BE A FAIRLY LONG ONE. IT WILL BE A TEN MINUTE FIRING OF THOSE THRUSTERS.ONCE IT STARTS WE’LL CONTINUE TO HEAR. WE SHOULD GET SOME CHECK-INS FROM THE CORE TO THE CREW AS IT’S GOING TO UPDATE THEM. THEN AT THE VERY END WE’RE LOOKING OUT FOR THOSE WORDS. GOOD BURN. THAT’S WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR. THEY’RE CONTINUALLY ADJUSTING THE TIMING OF THESE BURNS BASED OFF OF HOW MUCH DRAGON VELOCITY CHANGES UPHILL. WE HAVE SPECIFIC TIMES DOWN TO THE SECOND WHERE THEY’RE INITIALLY PLANNED, EVEN DAYS OR EVEN WEEKS OUT SOMETIMES. BEFORE THEY LAUNCH. BUT THEY’RE CONSTANTLY READJUSTING IN REALTIME JUST HOW LONG THESE BURNS ARE GOING TO OCCUR. AND HOW LONG OR WHEN THEY’RE GOING TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN. THIS IS JUST PART OF THE NATURE OF ORBITAL MECHANICS. WE’RE TRYING TO HIT ONE SPEEDING BULLET WITH ANOTHER ONE AS DRAGON CONTINUES TO RAISE ITS ORBIT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. >> WE’RE ABOUT 15 MINUTES OUT FROM THE CLOSE BURN.YOU CAN EXPECT A TRANSITION APPROXIMATELY FOUR MINUTES INTO THE BURN FROM LANDING TO ORBITING. ADDITIONALLY THERE WILL BE A SWAP DURING THE EVENTS. AND OR JUST AFTER THE BURN. BASICS IS GO FOR THE CLOSED BURN. >> THAT’S THE BACK AND FORTH WE HEARD THERE BETWEEN CREW DRAGON AND CORE HERE AT HAWTHORNE. WE’RE BASICALLY SAYING THAT WE’RE GO TO, BEGIN THE CLOSE CO-ELIP TICK BURN. WHICH THEY’RE GOING TO BE RAISING DRAGON’S ORBIT. >> LITERALLY WHAT THEY WERE BEING TOLD SOME OF THE DIFFERENT TANKS THAT ARE FEEDING THESE DRACO THRUSTERS THEY’RE GOING TO BE TRANSITIONING BETWEEN.THEY’LL HAVE A CABIN FAN CHANGE. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE AUDIBLE. JUST LIKE ON BOARD THE CREW STATION, THERE IS AMBIENT NOISE FOR THESE CREW MEMBERS. THEY CAN HEAR THE CABIN FAN WHICH IS MOVING THE ATMOSPHERE INSIDE BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE NATURAL CONVECTION IN MICRO GRAVITY. HOT AIR DOES NOT RISE SO YOU HAVE TO ACTIVELY BE MOVING MA ATMOSPHERE THE ENTIRE TIME. THESE CREW MEMBERS ARE TRAINED TO EXPECT TO HEAR DIFFERENT SOUNDS, DIFFERENT SITES AS THEY GO THROUGH THESE DIFFERENT MANEUVERS. THEY LIKE TO GET THOSE DIFFERENT UPDATES FROM THE CORE DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND SO THEY’RE NOT CAUGHT OFF GUARD FOR ANYTHING.>> LIKE WE SAID, THIS WILL BE THE THIRD OF FIVE MAJOR BURNS THAT BRAGGEN WILL BE PERFORMING. IT IS THE LAST BURN THAT WILL BE OCCURRING BEFORE BOB AND DOUG GO TO SLEEP. THEY ALREADY HAVE HAD THEIR MEAL. HOPEFULLY THEY’LL GIVE US A TOUR OF CREW DRAGON IN THE NEXT SEVERAL MINUTES. THEN THEY’LL HAVE A QUICK MEDICAL VALE EVALUATION WITH THEIR DOCTOR. AND THEN THEY’LL GET EIGHT HOUR NAP. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE THIS CLOSE BURN AND THEN WE’LL DO A LAST COUPLE OF– >> SPACEX DRAGON.>> GO AHEAD. >> HEY LAURA, WOULD YOU MIND CHECKING THE CAMERAS FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES IF IT IS CONVENIENT. >> I DID HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL QUESTION ON THE BREATHING MASK WHEN YOU HAVE A MINUTE. >> GO AHEAD. >> YES, WE WERE WONDERING IF YOU HAD PULL THEM OUT AND STOWED THE. >> YES, WE HAVE. THEY’RE RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OF OUR SEATS. >> OKAY, COPY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DOUG, I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM WE HAVE NO INTERIOR CAMERAS CONFIGURED. >> THANK YOU. >> ALL RIGHT, WE’RE JUST UNDER 11 MINUTES NOW FROM THAT NEXT BURN. WE HAVEN’T BEEN TRACKING ANY ISSUES WITH DRAGON SO FAR IN TODAY’S FLIGHT. WE WILL KEEP THAT UP OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.THIS IS GOING TO BE THE LAST BURN FOR QUITE AWHILE. WE WON’T DO A FOURTH OF THE TRANSFER BURN. IT’S ANOTHER 11 HOURS FROM NOW. THE DRAGON IS GOING TO STAY IN THIS ATTITUDE OR ALTITUDE BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 10 KILOMETERS OR SO CO-ELLIPTIC WITH IT FOR QUITE AWHILE. PRETTY MUCH THEIR ENTIRE SLEEP PERIOD. THEN RIGHT AFTER THEIR WAKE UP TIME WE’LL LOOK TO DO THESE FINAL BURNS. THEN THEY’LL BE CLOSER, TWO AND A HALF KILOMETERS BELOW THE STATION’S ORBIT. THEY’LL BE SET UP PERFECTLY FOR THAT FINAL APPROACH AND DOCKING. >> WE’RE NOW 2.50 HOURS INTO THE MISSION. THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING EXTREMELY WELL. AND TO THIS POINT, VERY NOMINAL. >> SPACEX DRAGON, YOU’RE CLEARED ON BOARD. >> THANKS SO MUCH. COPY THAT. >> DRAGON SPACEX WHEN YOU HAVE A MINUTE. I WOULD LIKE OH SYNC UP WITH YOU ON THE MEDIA EVENT.>> WE’RE AVAILABLE. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. >> SO IF YOU HAVE THE PDF OPEN, I HAVE A COUPLE OF SECTIONS OF TALKING POINTS. I WAS THINKING THAT YOU COULD GET THROUGH A COUPLE OF THOSE SECTIONS IF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE WE ARE OPEN TO WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO. >> YES, I THINK AFTER THE INTRODUCTIONS AND THE DISPLAYS, I THINK WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO FROM THERE WOULD PROBABLY WORK. >> YES, DOUG, IF YOU WANT TO SHOW SOME GOOD VIEWS OUT THE WINDOW THAT WOULD BE COOL FOR EVERYONE. >> WE DEFINITELY PLAN TO DO THAT.IF WE’RE IN A DAY PATH, THAT WOULD BE COOL. >> WE SHOULD HAVE SOME GOOD VIEWS FOR YOU DURING THAT GROUND PATH. >> DOUG, IF YOU CAN GET THROUGH SECTION A, B, AND MAYBE C AND AS A REMINDER ABOUT TWO MINUTES FROM LOS GROUND STATION IF THERE IS A BREAK IN YOUR COM, I’LL GIVE YOU A REMINDER OF THAT TWO MINUTES. >> OKAY, COPY THAT.THANK YOU. >> ALL RIGHT, THIS IS THE TEAM FROM HAWTHORNE. WE’RE UNDER TWO AND A HALF MINUTES FROM THIS NEXT BURN, THE CO-ELLIPTIC BURN. THIS IS THE THIRD OUT OF THE FIVE THAT WE’RE LOOKING TO DO ON THE WAY UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THEY’VE DONE TWO SUCCESSFULLY SO FAR, AND THIS WILL BE THE THIRD. THIS IS GOING TO RAISE THE APOGEE OR THE HIGHEST POINT OF OUR ORBIT TO TEN KILOMETERS BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.WE ALREADY DID THAT WITH THE BOOST BURN. THIS IS GOING TO CIRCULARIZE OUR ORBIT SO WE’RE A CONSTANT TEN KILOMETERS BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THIS IS GOING TO BE A PRETTY LONG BURN. IT WILL BE JUST UNDER TEN MINUTES. AND SO WE’LL CHECK IT OUT. WE’LL HEAR WHEN THE BURN INITIATES AND WE’LL GET UPDATES FROM THE TEAMS. THE CREW ON BOARD, BOB AND DOUG, THEY SHOULD GET SOME CALLS BASED ON HOW THE BURN IS GOING.THEN OF COURSE AT THE VERY END WE WANT TO BE LOOKING OUT FOR THE PHENOMENAL BURN OR GOOD BURN. COUNTING DOWN WE SHOULD BE ONE MINUTE AWAY FROM THIS BURN. 30 SECONDS TO THE BURN. LESS THAN TEN SECONDS SITTING BY, AND THE BURN HAS STARTED. >> WE’RE SEEING DATA THAT THE BURN HAS BEGUN. THIS WE’RE EXPECTING THESE ENGINES TO FIRE FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES. LITTLE LESS THAN TEN MINUTES TOTAL. THE BURN HAS BEGUN. WE’LL GET STATUS UPDATES ON IT THROUGHOUT. >> RIGHT NOW, DANING IS–DRAGON IS FIRING BEFORE FORWARD BULK HEAD DRACO THRUSTERS. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE. WE USE THESE PRIMARILY TO HELP DRAGON IN THE VELOCITY MANEUVERS THAT REQUIRE BIGGER CHANGES. THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 16 DRACOS ON DRAGON. THE OTHER 12–SO WE HAVE THE FOUR THAT ARE FIRING RIGHT NOW.THE OTHER 12 ARE LOCATED IN THE SERVICE SECTION. THAT’S THE PART OF DRAGON THAT IS AROUND THE BASE. THOSE ARE USED FOR ATTITUDE AND LOW IMPULSE RELATIONAL CONTROL. >> RIGHT NOW WE’RE COMING UP ON TWO MINUTES SINCE THE START OF THE BURN. WE’RE EXPECTING JUST UNDER TEN MINUTES. IF YOU’RE WATCHING ON NASA TV OR THE NASA CHANNEL WE HAVE OUR CONFERENCE COMING UP IN A MATTER OF FIVE MINUTES. WE’LL HAVE PERSONNEL AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, WE’LL HAVE ADMINISTRATOR BRIDENTSTINE AND LEADERS, AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM OUR PARTNERS WITH SPACEX, AND THE MANAGER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE PROGRAM. AND IF YOU’RE WATCHING THE COVERAGE ON NASA TV ON THE PUBLIC CHANNEL, THAT WILL BE COME UP IN FOUR MINUTES.FOR THOSE WHO ARE FOLLOWING US ALONG ON THE SPACEX CHANNEL, OUR OPERATIONAL COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE. WE HAVE OUR BURN STARTED. IT’S THE THIRD OF OUR FIFTH. WE’RE PAST 2:50 INTO THIS BURN. >> IF YOU STAYED WITH US THIS LONG THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WEBCAST, WE THANK YOU. IT’S CERTAINLY BEEN AN EXCITING DAY. BUT JUST ANOTHER THING FOR TO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO, AND ABOUT TEN MINUTES WE’RE HOPING TO BE ABLE TO CHAT WITH BOB AND DOUG AND GET SOME VIEWS FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW INSIDE OF DRAGON, AND HEAR HOW THE ASCENT PHASE WENT FOR THEM. >> YES, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE’RE REALLY GOING TO HEAR FROM THEM. THEY’VE BEEN IN FULLY OPERATIONAL MODE THE ENTIRE TIME TALKING ABOUT THE TEAM DOWN HERE IN HAWTHORNE. THEY’RE GOING TO BRINGS US UP. WE HEARD A COUPLE OF THE EXCHANGES. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BEGIN THE SUNSET, WHICH WILL BE PRETTY SPECTACULAR. WE’RE GOING TO GET TO THAT AFTER THIS BURN IS COMPLETE. WE’RE ALMOST IN FOUR MINUTES SINCE THE BURN GUN. THIS IS ALL TOLD THAT WILL LAST JUST UNDER TEN MINUTES.ER. >> WE’RE A LITTLE OVER FIVE AND A HALF MINUTES IN THIS BURN. IT WILL BRING THE DRAGON TEN KILOMETERS BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THIS BURN IS JUST TO RAISE THE LOWEST PART OF DRAGONS ORBIT, THE PERIGEE. THE ORBIT IS AT A LOWER ALTITUDE BUT IT MAINTAINS THE SAME LOWER ALTITUDE AS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE’LL B ON AN WE’RE AT A STEDDY TECH KILOMETER LOWER. S THE THIRD OF THOSE FIVE BURNS. >> WOW. WE’RE MAKING HISTORY AGAIN. LET’S GO! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. IGNITION. LIFTOFF OF THE FALCON 9 CREW DRAGON. GO, NASA. GO, SPACEX. GOD’S SPEED BOB AND DOUG. >> THE NEW GENERATION CONTINUING TO DREAM. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. WELCOME FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. I AM WITH NASA’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS. WHAT A DAY! WE’RE HERE TO DISCUSS NASA SPACEX DEMO-2 MISSION AND THE RETURN OF U.S. SPACE NIGHT FROM THE AMERICAN SOIL TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WITHS A. S ROBERT BEN KEN AND DOUGLAS HURLEY THE CREW SPACECRAFT IN THE FALCON 9 ROCKET LIFTED TODAY FROM COMPLEX 39A AT MAS SA’S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AT 3:22 P.M.BOB AND DOUG ARE SAFELY ON THE THINK WOULD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO TALK ANOTHER ABOUT THIS HISTORIC MISSION WE HAVE A GREAT PANEL OF GUESTS STARTING WITH NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE, ELON MUSK, THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF SPACEX, KATHY, MANAGER OF THE NASA COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM AND KIRK SHIREMAN THE MANAGER OF THE ISS AND NASA CHIEF ASTRONAUT PAT FORRESTER. WE’LL START WITH OPENING COMMENTS AND PRESENTERS THEN WE’LL TAKE YOUR QUEENS FIRST START WITH OUR NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE. JIM: THANK YOU. WHAT A GREAT DAZE FOR NASA. WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR SPACEX. WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR THE DAY OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT HAS BEEN NINE YEARS SINCE WE LARCHED AMERICANS A STREET NOS ON AMERICAN ROCKETS FROM AMERICAN SOIL AND NOW WE HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. I WANT TO BE CLEAR, THE MISSION IS NOT YET OVER.THIS IS A TEST FLIGHT. AND SO WE’RE AT THE BEGINNING, BUT SO FAR, EVERYTHING HAS PERFORMED VERY, VERY WELL AND WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT THAT BOB AND DOUG OUR AMERICAN HEROS ARE SAFELY IN ORBIT AND ON THE WAY TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SO I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NASA TEAM AND CONGRATULATIONS TO KATHY WHO HAS! ON THE NASA SIDE LEADING OUR COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM ALL ALONG AND YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAVE DONE AN ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS JOB AND, OF COURSE, ELON MUSK, AND YOUR TEAM AT SPACEX. THIS, THAT LAUNCH REPRESENTED THE BEST OF EVERYTHING THAT AMERICA HAS TO HOV OTHER. ABOUT IT ALSO RAP REPRESENTS CONTINUITY OF PURPOSE. I THINK TO CHARLIE BOLDEN, MY PREDECESSOR AT AS THE NASA ADMINISTRATOR GOT THE PROGRAM OFF THE GROUND WHEN THIS WAS NOT A LOT OF POLITICAL SUPPORT.NOW THERE IS A LOFT SUPPORT BUT IT IS BECAUSE WE HAD SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS OF AND SO, THIS IS, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR THE NATION AND I AM SO HONORED AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE REALLY THIS BRIEF MOMENT IN MY LIFE TO BE AT THE HEAD OF THIS AGENCY, SO WHAT AN AMAZING, AMAZING GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT MADE ALL OF THIS HAPPEN. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU ADMINISTRATOR. NEXT, ELON MUSK. >> WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST, YEAH, ACKNOWLEDGE THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF THE PEOPLE AT SPACEX AND NASA AND EVERYONE IN CREATE THIS TECHNOLOGY AND WHAT HAS CULMINATED IN THE INCREDIBLE LAUNCH TODAY TO GETTING ASTRONAUTS BACK TO INTO ORBIT AFTER ALMOST A DECADE.THINK IT IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE GET PEOPLE IN THE HEART OF ANYONE WHO IS HAS ANY EXPLORATION AND THE UNITED STATES IS AT THE SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION. IT APPEALS TO EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO HAS WITHIN. THE SPIRIT EXPLORATION, 1:00 I AM QUITE OVERCOME WITH EMOTION ON THIS DAY, SO IT IS KIND OF HARD TO TALK, FRANKLY, IT HAS BEEN 18 YEARS WORKING TOWARD THIS GOAL, SO IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED. OF COURSE WE GET TO BRING BACK SAFELY AND NEED TO REPEAT THESE MISSIONS AND HAVE IT BE A REGULAR OCCURRENCE SO, STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO, BUT IT IS, IT IS INCREDIBLE. THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE , THIS IS A CRAFT MADE BY HUMANS, YOU KNOW, FOR HUMANS, LIKE SOMETHING, THINK, HUMANITY SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT AND PROUD OF OCCURRING ON THIS DAY. >> THANK YOU, ELON.NEXT, KATHY. >> WELL, I WAS NOT REALLY EXPECTING THIS TODAY, WILL TELL YOU. WE WOKE UP THIS MORNING, THINK, JIM, ACTUALLY CALLED ME THIS MORNING AND SAID, WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT DO YOU THINK? ARE WE GOING TO TRIED? WITH WHAT DO YOU THINK? ARE YOU GOING TO FLY TODAY. YEAH 6:05 WALK-UP PHONE CALL. BUT, YOU KNOW — >> I DIDN’T THINK YOU EVERY SLEPT? [LAUGHTER] >> BUT, BUT, I THINK I AM, YOU KNOW, JIM STATED. YOU THINK I WAS REALLY PROUD OF THE TEAM. THE TEAM SAT THERE THIS MORNING. WE LOOKED AT THE WEATHER, IT DIDN’T LOOK GREAT, BUT WE LOOKED AT THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS THAT WERE OUT THERE AND WE REALIZED HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR US TO KIND OF STEP THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY AND WEIGH THE READINESS OF THE HARDWARE AND THEN, YOU KNOW, NOT HAVE LAUNCH FEVER BUT TO KAURFULLY ACCESS THE SITUATION AND BE ABLE TO CLEAR GATES AND MILESTONES ALONG THE WHICH AND NASA AND SPACEX TEAM DID A FABULOUS JOB WITH THAT AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE WEATHER CLEARING ONE HOUR BEFORE WE WERE GETTING READY TO LAUNCH, MAIN, ALL WEATHER CONSTRAINTS WERE CLEARED ON A DAY WE WERE NOT REALLY SURE HOW IT WAS GOING TO WORK OUT.FOR BOTH OUR ABORT TRACK AND OUR LAUNCH AREA, WHICH WE HAVE VERY, VERY TOUGH WEATHER CONSTRAINTS. BUT LIKE BOTH JIM AND ELON HAVE SAID. THIS IS A TEST FLIGHT. BOB AND DOUG ARE ALREADY UP THERE ACCOMPLISHING A LOT OF THE GOALS OF THE TEST MISSION, YOU KNOW, THEY GOT TO DO THEIR DEMOS SHALL THEY GOT TO FEEL, NOW I, WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ABLE TO USE THE TOUCH SCREENS WHEN YOU ARE IN ZERO G. THEY GOT TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, CHECK OUT ALL THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE SYSTEM AND, AND, AND LIBERATE THEIR ZERO G IT CAN’TOR WHICH THINK YOU ALL HAVE AND PROBABLY HAVE ON ORDER RIGHT NOW. AND THEY HAVE A LOT MORE THINGS, THEY ARE GOING TO GET TO TRY TO SLEEP, I A A.M. NOT SURE HOW THEY ARE GOING TO DO THAT BUT THEY ARE GOING TO TRY SLEEP THEN TOMORROW MORNING, WE’LL BE APPROACHING SPACE STATION AND IT WILL BE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DEMONSTRATIONS THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO WORK IN ON HOW DO WE SAFELY CHECK TO INTERNATIONAL SPATIAL STATION.SO I AM SO GRATEFUL AND PROUD OF OUR NASA AND SPACEX TEAM. THEY ARE STILL VIGILANT. THEY ARE STILL ON DONE UL SILL. ‘S STAY. I WILL STAY IN THE LCC THIS THEY GET DOCKED TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO STAY VIGILANT UNTIL WE BRING THEM SAFELY HOME. VERY, VERY PROUD OF THIS TEAM. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW HAPPY I AM AND AMAZED THAT WE’RE HERE TODAY. THANK YOU. >> WELL, A A GREAT DAY. VERY, VERY GREAT DAY FOR HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT. BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ELON MUSK THAN THE SPACEX TEAM AND JIM BRIDENSTINE AND, AND HIS LEADERSHIP TOGETHER WITH KATHY AND THE COMMERCIAL CARGO AND THE CREW TEAM AND JUST A FANTASTIC DAY, REALLY, REALLY HAPPY TO BE A PART OF IT.A LOT OF THE ISS TEAM COULDN’T BE HERE IN FLORIDA TODAY, BUY CAN TELL YOU, THEY WERE WATCHING IT VIRTUALLY. THEY HAD A VIRTUAL LAUNCH WATCHING PARTY AND AND THEY WERE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE LAUNCH AS WELL. AND FINALLY, OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS I HAD A CHANCE TO GET CONGRATULATIONSES FROM MANY OF MY COUNTERPARTS ACROSS THE PARTNERSHIP AND THEY HAVE BEEN A BIG PART OF COMMERCIAL CREW AND THE SPACEX EFFORTS ALONG THE WAY TODAY THEY WERE WATCHING IN A CAN TELL YOU, THEY ARE ALL EXCITED ABOUT HAGUE THEIR CREWMEMBERS FLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE ON THE DRAGON AND COME UP TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.TODAY, ONBOARD THE ISS THE THREE CREWMEMBERS CHRIS CASSIDY, IVAN VAGNER AND ANATOLY IVANISHIN ARE GETTING READY. THEY ARE VERY ARE EXCITED, IN FACT I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF THEY DON’T HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL COOKEDP FOR THEM WHEN THEY ARRIVE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. THERE IS LOTS OF TO WORK BE DEN ON ISS I AND I KNOW BOB AND DOUG TOGETHER WITH THE FOLKS ON ORBIT ARE REALLY READY TO GET BUSY. YOU WHAT SAW TODAY, HOPEFULLY WHAT YOU SAW TODAY WAS REALLY SMOOTH. CALM. IT IS LIKE A DUCK ON THE WATER AND LOOKS SMOOTH AND CALM BUT THERE IS A LOT OF PADDLING GOING ON UNDERNEATH THE SURFACE. AND YOU WHAT WILL SEE TOMORROW, LACKLY, WE CERTAINLY EXPECT VERY, VERY SMOOTH AND NOMINAL AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW, THOUGH, IT US VERY, VERY DIF AS A RESULT. TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EFFICIENT ON THE PART OF THE DESIGNER, THE TEST ENGINEERS IN TERMS OF THE PLANNERS AND THE OPERATORS AND THE DREW MAKE THAT HAPPEN SO SMOOTH AND NOMINAL IS ACTUALLY REALLY, REALLY HARD.SO, WAIT MIN MUN. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT DAY. VERY, VERY HAPPY TO HAVE BOB AND DOUG ON THE WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND LOOKING FOR TOWARD THE REST OF THE TEST FLIGHT. >> PAT? >> I TELL YOU, I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE SITTING HERE IN A POST LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCE, AND THAT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU HEAR ME SAY VERY OFTEN. PROBABLY NOT AS HAPPY AS BOB AND DOUG ARE RIGHT NOW. I AM PRETTY HAPPY AND NO DOUBTED I HAVE A GROUP OF ASTRONAUTS JUMPING UP AND DO IN HOUSTON THAT WITH ARE HAPPY, TOO, BECAUSE WE PROMISED THEM SOME FLIGHT ASSIGNMENTS AND THOSE ARE SURE THAT COME ONCE WE GOT BE ABOUT AND DOUG UP AND SO I JUST WANTED TO JUST SAY THANKS TO THE TEAM FOR BEING ABLE TO DO THAT AND TO GIVE THE TUNES TO OUR OTHER CREWMEMBERS. I WANT YOU TO KNOW, THAT I HAVE BEEN LIBBING WITH BOB AND DOUG IN THE RESTAURANT CREW QUARTERS HERE OVER THE LAST WEEK PLUS AND NEVER SEEN A CREW SO CALM AND FOCUSED LEADING UP TO ARCH AS THESE TWO WERE.NOW NO CHUTE HAS TO DO WITH THE EXPERIENCE. >> IT DO WITH THE TRAINING BUY THINK IT IS A DEMONSTRATION OF THE TRUST THAT THEY HAD BOTH IN THE NASA TEAM AND THE SPACEX TEAM TO GET THEM SAFELY TO OR PITT. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN IN THE FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM AS THE CHIEF ASTRONAUT WHILE WE WERE TRYING TO LAUNCH A CREW, IN A WILL TELL YOU, ACCEPTING RISK ON BEHALF OF OTHERS IS A BIG RESPONSIBILITY.IS WITH AMAZED WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE LOOPS AS KIRK SAID. THERE WAS A LOT OF PAD LUNG UNDERNEATH AND WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW, WE WERE SURROUNDED BY HEROS ON THE GROUND THAT GOT US TO WHERE WE WERE TODAY. WITH THAT, THINK I WILL SAY THANKS GAIN FORGETTING OUR CREW SAFELY TO ORBIT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEG THEM DOCK TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TOMORROW. >> THANK YOU. SO TODAY WE HAVE MEDIA JOINING US REMOTELY SO THEY WILL BE ON THE PHONE AND WATCHING ON NASA TELEVISION LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. SO TO ENSURE AS MANY PEOPLE ASEPSESSABLE, OUR REPORT REMEMBERS CAN ASK ONE QUESTION TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THEIR COLLEAGUES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PRESS CONFERENCE.PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME, AFULLATION, WHOM YOU ARE DIRECT YOUR QUESTION TO. THE FIRST QUESTION COMES FROM MAREIAM KRAMER. REPORT HI, THANKS SOME OF. THIS QUESTION IS FOR ELON OR FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR OR BOTH. I WAS WONDERING, SO THIS LAUNCH IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS A MOMENT OF HOPE FOR THE NATION. THE BACK DROP OF PROTEST AND DEMONSTRATION AROUND THE COUNTRY TODAY, I WONDER WHAT YOU WANT TO STI THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE PROTESTING THIS IS LAUNCH FOR THEM, TOO? THANKS. JIM: WILL BE HAPPY TO FIELD IT LOOK, THIS LAUNCH IS ALL FOR AMERICA. WE HAVE HAD MOMENTS IN TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE WE HAD CHALLENGES AS NATION. WE THINK BACK TO THE 1960’S. WE THINK BILLION THE VIETNAM WAR AND THE PROTESTS. WE THINK IN THE 19 60’S THE CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES AND CIVIL RIGHTS PROTESTS.WE THINK ABOUT THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR AND YET WE HAVE A MOMENT IN TIME, JULY 20th, 1969 WHEN ALL OF AMERICA STOPPED, LITERALLY, JUST STOPPED BECAUSE WE HAD AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS WALKING ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. THEN, WE REPEATED THAT FIVE MORE TIMES. THE CHALLENGE IS, THE APOLLO PROGRAM EVENTUALLY ENDED BUT WHAT I THINK IS GREAT ABOUT NASA IS THAT WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. EVERYBODY LOVES EXPLORATION. AND IT IS NOT JUST POLITICAL DIVIDES, IT IS ALSO INTERNATIONAL DIVIDES, AND IT IS UNIFYING, AND I WOULD HOPE, I THINK IT HAPPENED TODAY AS A MATTER OF FACT.ALL OF AMERICA STOPPED. I HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE NUMBERS, THE AMOUNT OF VIEWERSHIP ON WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED TODAY WAS OFF THE CHARTS AND 1:00 I AM HOPING THAT POLL CAN SEE THIS AS SOMETHING THAT IS BRIGHT, HOPEFUL, THAT PEOPLE KNOW TOMORROW IS A MU DAY, A BETTER DAY, AND WE ARE GOING TO STRIVE DO BETTER. >> THANK YOU. OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM JACKIE WADDLES OF CNN. REPORTER: THANKS FOR DID THIS. I WAS CURIOUS — THIS QUESTION IS FOR ELON. IF YOU HAD HEARD FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP YET AND WHAT HE MIGHT HAVE TOLD YOU WHAN YOU MIGHT HAVE SAID TO HIM ABOUT THIS.THANKS SO MUCH. ELON: WELL, I HAVE NOT SPOKEN ONE-ON-ONE WITH HIM. I EVENTUALLY HEARD THE PRESS CONFERENCE ALONG WITH EVERYBODY ELSE. WE HAVE NOT EXCHANGED ANY DIRECT COMMENTS. JIM: WE HAD FEW MOMENTS IN THE FIRING ROOM THERE AFTER THE LAUNCH. I WILL TELL YOU, YEAH. THE PRESIDENT IS EXCITED, PK, HE CONGRATULATED ELON IN THE SPACEX TEAM, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS, A GOOD MOMENT. ELON: YEAH. WITH A W A GROUP OF PEOPLE. JIM: SURE SURE. ELON: YES. HE CONGRATULATED EVERYONE INVOLVED, NASA, THE SPACEX TEAM, YEAH, I THINK TO ECHO THE NAS ADMINISTRATOR ECOMMENTS, I THINK THIS IS A DAY THAT IS, I THINK, EVERYONE CAN BE PROUD OF, IT IS A GOOD DAY TO BE — THIS EVEN IS SOMETHING THAT ALL OF HUMANITY CAN GET EXCITED ABOUT. A FUNDAMENTALLY POSITIVE GOOD THING. AND YOU KNOW, I THINK WE NEED MORE POSITIVE GOOD THINGS AS WELL. >> OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM JOEYF REUTERS. REPORTER: THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. ONE QUESTION, TWO-PART QUESTION, FIRST FOR JIM BRIDENSTINE.HAVE YOU HEARD FROM THE RUSSIAN COUNTERPARTS? I KNOW KIRK MENTIONED THAT INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS REACHED OUT TO NASA WITH THE SUCCESS AND THE OTHERS FOR ELON MUSK AND WITH SPACEX’S SUCCESS TODAY. YOU HAVE HEARD FROM THE BOEING COUNTER PARTS AND WHAT WOULD YOU STI THEM, THANKS? JIM: SO DIMITRI IS THE HEAD IN RUSSIA. I HAVE NOT TALKED TO HIM. I HAVE SEEN HIS PUBLIC COMMENTS, OF COURSE, WAS OVERWHELMINGLY CONGRATULATORY TOWARD NASA AND SPACEX AND HE MADE SOME COP MEANT ABOUT HOW IT IS, IT IS LIKE FLYING AN iPHONE OR SOMETHING. I KNOW I HAVE MADE SIMILAR COMMENTS AS WELL. BUT HE DOES, HE DOES, HE DECKS PRESS THIS IS AN EXCITING DAY, NOT JUST FOR US, BUT ALSO FOR THEM. AND THEY BELIEVE IN THE PARTNERSHIP, SIGNED THINK IT IS GOING TO REMAIN STRONG.ELON. THE TRAMPOLINE IS WORKING. [LAUGHTER] IT IS INSIDE JOKE. YEAH. [LAUGHTER] >> OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM MARSHA DUNN. REPORTER: THANKS. YOUR COMPANY PRESIDENT SAID BEFORE LIFTOFF SHE WAS SUPER NERVOUS. DUKE ABOUT HOW YOU WERE — YOUR EMOTIONS, FEELINGS LEADING UP TO LIFTOFF AND ESPECIALLY SEEING THEM MAKE IT TO ORBIT SAFELY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> WAS THIS FOR ME OR ELON? I THINK IT WAS FOR ELON.REPORTER: FOR ELON, PLEASE. ELON? >> SPAR, COULD YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION? REPORTER: YES. ELON, SHE SAID BEFORE LIFTOFF, SHE HAD STOMACH IN HER THROAT AND SUPER NERVOUS. I WOULD LAKE TO KNOW HOW YOU WERE FEELING IN THE MINUTES LEADING UP TO LIFTOFF TODAY, YOUR EMOTIONS, YOUR FEELINGS OF HAVING TO STAND THERE AND WATCH THAT UNFOLD. THANK YOU. ELON: WELL, I MEAN, JUST STRAIGHT THE HEART, LIKE WEDNESDAY, THE FIRST COUNTDOWN, I WOULD SAY THAT MY ADRENALINE WAS 100%. WHEN LAUNCH CALLED OFF IT WENT TO 0%. I BASICALLY COLLAPSED AND SLEPT FOR THE LONGEST TIME I HAVE SLEPT IN A YEAR. THEN ODDLY ENOUGH TODAY, I THINK IT WAS ALIGNED. I DIDN’T FEEL NERVOUS. IT FELT LIKE IT WAS GOING TO WORK AND THE RIGHT THING WOULD HAPPEN. SO FOR WHATEVER REASON I DID NOT FEEL NERVOUS. JIM: CAN I SAY SOMETHING REAL QUICK IF. >> SURE. JIM: I GOT NOTE MOMENTS AGO, DOUG HURLEY ANNOUNCED THE CREW DRAGON IS NAMED ENDEAVOR. ELON. COOL. JIM: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM THEM SHORTLY. ELON: THEY HAVE PLANNING. IT IS COOL, ACTUALLY. THEY TOOK IT OFF AUTOMATIC AND MANUALLY FLYING THE CRAFT AROUND.IT HAS GOT TO BE PRETTY FUN. ZIPPING AROUND SPACE. YOU SNOW SPACECRAFT. >> EVERYONE’S CHILDHOOD DREAM. ELON: YEAH. >> NEXT EMERY KELL LIFE FLORIDA TODAY. REPORTER: HI. THANKS FOR DOING THIS. I APPRECIATE. I AM WONDERING WITH THIS BEING THE FIRST TIME HUMANS HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE FLYING ON A FALCON 9 AND CREW DRAGON AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS OF THEM FLYING, YOU HAVE GOTTEN ANY INPUT FROM BOB AND DOUG? IS IT A SMOOTH RIDE? WHAT WAS IT LIKE? THANK YOU. JIM: I HAVE NOT HEARD SPECIFICALLY AS TO HOW IT FLIES. I DO KNOW WE WILL HEAR FROM THEM SOON. I DON’T KNOW AT WHAT POINT THAT WILL TAKE PLACE, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE THAT INFORMATION? >> NO. ELON: I THINK A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS A FILM MAKER SAID YOU NEED TO PUTTIC? THE CRAM TO MAKE IT LOOK MORE REALISTIC. [LAUGHTER] >> OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM PAUL OF UPI. REPORTER: YES. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ELON. I REALIZE THE MISSION IS NOT OVER. IT IS SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT AT THIS POINT.WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SUCCESS FOR THIS PROGRAM ON SPACEX AS WHOLE? INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT OF STARSHIP? ELON. WELL, THINK, OBVIOUSLY, AN ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR SPACEX IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NASA AND NUMBER OF CRITICAL SPIRES IN FACT, THINK ABOUT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED AND MAKE THIS MISSION SUCCESSFUL ADDS UP TO 100,000 WAY SO LIKE TO JUST EXPRESS A WORD OF APPRECIATION AND CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS SUCCESSFUL. AND, ACTUALLY, AND JUST A SPECIAL WORK TO ADMINISTRATOR KATHY, JUST EVERYONE INVOLVED, IT IS JUST, IT IS JUST — WOW.ANYWAY — IT IS THAT READY TO PROCESS. TO TRY COME UP WITH COHESIVE SENTENCES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE IS QUITE DIFFICULT. I THINK THE FIRST STEP ON A JOURNEY TOWARD CIVILIZATION ON MARS AND LIFE BASED ON THE MOON AND EXPANDED BEYOND AND LIKELY COMING A MULTI PLANET. LIVESP! BILLIONING MULTI PLANETARY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HUST RIFF EARTH. HOPEFULLY THIS IS THE F STEP ON THAT JOURNEY THAT WILL REQUIRE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF NO INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT TO MAKE GOING TO ORBIT AND BEYOND ORBIT ROUTINE MATTER WHERE THOUSANDS PERHAPS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAN TRAVEL TO OTHER PLANETS. THAT BASE WE NEED ACHIEVE OVER TIME. THAT IS ACTUALLY VERY DIFFICULT. THAT SEEMS INCREASINGLY REAL WITH WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. GEG PEOPLE TO ORBIT FINALLY AFTER 18 YEARS.THEN LIFE CAN BECOME MULTI LAN TARY. THIS IS A GOAL WE SHOULD STRIB FOR. JIM:FULLY A NASA PERSPECTIVE WHAT THIS DID FOR STARSHIP AND A LOT OF OTHERS IS KIND OF ESTABLISHED THIS IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MODEL AND IF WE LOOK AT HOW WE DID COMMERCIAL RERESUPPLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL CREW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND THE LUNAR PAYLOAD SERVICE PROGRAM TO DELIVER PAYLOADS TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON AND NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1972, WE HAVE FUNDED A HUMAN LANDING SYSTEM AND OF COURSE, WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT SPACEX IS GOING TO BE A PARTNER IN THAT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AS WELL. WE HAVE CONTRACTORS DEVELOPING THAT HUMAN LANDING SYSTEM SO I THINK AS FAR AS HOW, HOW THIS RELATES TO THE ARTEMIS PROGRAM AND THE NOON MARS PROGRAM, I THINK, THINK THE BUSINESS MODEL HAS PROVEN ITSELF VERY SUCCESSFUL.WE’RE BRING DOWN COSTS. WE’RE INCREASING ACCESS. THAT IS GOING TO TON HAPPEN. AS WE ONRAMP MORE PARTNERS AND OF COURSE AS SPACEX AND OTHERS GO GET MORE CUSTOMERS. NASA DOESN’T WANT TO BE THE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF THE HARDWARE AND DON’T WANT TO BE THE ONLY CUSTOMER. WE WANT SPACEX AND OTHERS TO GET CUSTOMERS THATS ARE NOT US. WHEN ALL OF THAT MATERIALIZES, I THINK WHAT ELON IS TALKING ABOUT HERE, THIS VISION FOR HUMANITY, BEING ABLE TO LIVE ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, AND EVENTUALLY, ON MARS FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, THAT IS, THAT THIS IS EVENTUALITY OF THE BUSINESS MODEL THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DEVELOPING. >> THE NEXT QUESTION FROM CHRIS DAVENPORT OF THE WASHINGTON POST. REPORTER: THANKS, GUYS, FOR TAKING MY CALL.THANK YOU, ELON, FOR THE TRAMPOLINE QUOTE. THAT WAS CLASSIC. ELON, IF I COULD ASK YOU. YOU PUT THE WINDOW IN THE CARGO DRAGON AS SYMBOL OF THE AMBITION OF FLYING PEOPLE. I WONDER IF YOU COULD TALK A LITTLE BIT OVER HOW OVER THE LONG YEARS, YOU CATCH YOUR TEAM FOCUSED ON HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT AS THE ULTIMATE GOAL EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE BEEN LOOKING ON OTHER THINGS ALONG THE WAY. THANKS AND CONGRATSES. ELON: YEAH. HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT WAS ALWAYS THE GOAL, THE FUNDAMENTAL GOAL OF SPACEX. LOOK I SAID, TO CREATE THE TECHNOLOGIES DID OR HELP CREATE O MAKE LIFE SUSTAINABLY MULTI PLANETARY. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH. THIS IS A THING WE NEED DO. WE MUST TAKE MULTI PLANNARY. BUT TO EXTEND LIFE BEYOND EARTH WE A LAV’S AGENT IN THE REGARD AND ALL THE CREATURANCE THE PLANTS AND EVERYONE THAT PIX ON EARTH.WE CAN BRING THEM TO OTHER PLANETS AND VERY IMPORTANT WE DO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE I THINK WHILE THE WITHIN DOVE OPPORTUNITY IS OPEN. THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS OPEN. I CALL UPON THE PUBLIC TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL. TO THINK ABOUT THIS GOAL. THIS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. HOW FUNDAMENTAL IT IS TO THE FUTURE. WE GOT TO GET IT DONE. THE LAUNCHING SATELLITES IS NICE. OF COURSE. IT KEEPS , BRING IN MORE MONEY THAN WE SPEND. THIS IS IMPORTANT. IT IS ULTIMATELY ALL ABOUT LIFE BEYOND EARTH. >> WE’LL AWAY TO THE NEXT QUESTION. CITY IS ERIC BURGER. REPORTER: GOOD AFTERNOON. A WAS HELL OF A THING TO WATCH. QUESTION FOR JIM, TODAY. IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE MORE THAN EIGHT MONTHS SINCE YOU TWEETED ABOUT SPACEX AND IT TIMES DELIVER. JUST WONDERING IF WOULD YOU SAY THEY HAVE DELIVERED OR NOT. AND MAYBE DO YOU HAVE PESSAGE FOR OTHER CONTRACTORS FOR NASA JIM: LEAVE IT TO YOU TO BRING THIS UP.WE ARE CELNG HERE A LITTLE BIT. WANT TO BE CAREFUL WE ARE NOT CELEBRATING TO MUCH UNTIL BOB AND DOUG GET HOME SAFELY. BUT GLOB, THAT IS RIGHT. I KNOW, THERE WAS A TIME, IT A MONTHS AGO, AS YOU MENTION, WE WERE HAVING CHALLENGES WITH PARACHUTES. I KNOW, WE HAD A CREW DRAGON THAT HAD STATIC FIRE TEST THAT ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN THE CATASTROPHIC LOSS AND, YOU KNOW, IF WE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME THEN, WE WOULD BE RIGHT HERE TODAY, II DON’T KNOW I WOULD HAVE BELIEVED IT. THEN, YES, I SENT A TWEET AND ASKED ELISTEN TO DELIVER. I WILL TELL YOU, I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TOLD THE PRESIDENT. I TOLD THE VICE PRESIDENT STATED IN AUM NUMBER OF INTERVIEWS, SINCE THAT DAY, ELON MUSK AND SPACEX HAVE DELIVERED ON EVERYTHING NASA HAS ASKED THEM TO DELIVER ON AND AT A SPEED THAT WE NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED.MY ENGINEERING TEAM WAS SAYING THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE ACHIEVED IN THIS AMOUNT OF TIME. THE AMOUNT OF PARACHUTE TESTS WE HAD TO GET DONE AND HOW LONG IT TALKS TO GET THE PARACHUTE TESTS DONE. LOOK. WE GOT ALL THE PARACHUTE TESTS DONE. WE ARE JUST OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL NOT JUST FOR SPACEX AND ELON MUSK BUT ALSO AIRBORNE, AND THE NASA TEAM, THAT REALLY WENT TO WORK ON GETTING ALL THE TESTS DONE AND OF COURSE, ALL OF THE, OW, GETTING CHANGES OUT THE TITANIUM, ALL OF THAT TOOK TIME, THEN DOING ALL THE TEST AFTER THAT, MY GOODNESS, SPACEX REALLY DELIVERED SOMETHING THAT IS MAGNIFICENT AND THAT IS SPEED.WITHOUT QUESTION. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THE SPEED IN WHICH SPACEX DELIVERED AND THEY DID, IN FACT, DELIVER. >> DO YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT? >> OH, NO. I THINK JIM STATED WELL. WE WENT THROUGH, IT WAS NOT LIKE WE DIDN’T HAVE ISSUES. WE HAD THINGS WE HAD TO SOLVE, RIGHT? WE HAVE LEARNED A TON. THAT TEAM, THE SPACEX TEAM, THE NASA TEAM, TOGETHER, WORKING HAND AND GLOVE, YOU KNOW, TOWING, SOLVES THESE PROBLEMS TOGETHER, RIGHT? WE TACKLED THEM.WE SOLVED THEM. WE FIGURED OUT HOW WE FLY TOGETHER. BUT WITHOUT THE SPACEX FOLKS MAKING IT UP AND LIKE JIM SAID SO QUICKLY. WE WOULDN’T HERE TODAY. >> THANK YOU. NEXT IS LAUREN. REPORTER: HI. THANKS FOR TAKE MIGHT QUESTION. I THINK THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO CAN ANSWER IT. AM WONDERING IF THERE IS ANYTHING UNEXPECTED THROUGH DURING THE LAUNCH TODAY? I THINK I HEARD SOMETHING ON THE LIVE STREAM ABOUT COMPONENT BEING LOWER IN TEMPERATURE THAN EXPECTED JUST WONDERING IF EVERYTHING WENT AS PLANNED FOR YOU HAVE ANY HICK JUBES ALONG THE WAY. THANKS. >> THE COUNT WAS SPECTACULARRITE. EVERYONE SAID, YOU KNOW, THEN PROBABLY WITHIN, AS WE WERE LOADING THE ROP, THE ONLY THING WE SAW WAS WE SAW IT WAS, IT WAS ACTUALLY SOMETHING WE HAVE SEEN AS WE WERE UNLOADING ON WEDNESDAY. WE HAD A SENSOR THAT WAS, THAT WAS READING IN A WAY THAT WE HAD TO GO UNDER STAND WHY WAS IT READING IN THAT PARTICULAR MANNER.WE ALSO HAD TO UNDERSTAND WHAT CAN HAP FIT IN FAILS AND IT WAS IN AN AREA WHERE ACTUALLY, WE, IT IS DOWNSTREAM OF THE VALVE AND SO, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, JIM TALKED BEFORE ABOUT WHERE DID THE TEAMS HOW DID THEY WORK TOGETHER. ONE OF THINGS THIS WE LEARNED ON THE MISSION IS TO HOW TO TAKE A PIECE OF DATA LIKE A SENSOR DATA AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THAT DATA TELLING AS YOU AND BEING ABLE TO CLEAR IT WHICH IS REALLY WHY WE WERE ABLE TO FLY THROUGH THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE ISSUE WAS, THEN, TURN THAT AROUND AND IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WHAT THAT TAKES IS TWO GROUPS OF FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH EACH OTHER FOR AWHILE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THE VEHICLE IS TRYING TO TEM TELL. BUT FOY, I THOUGHT, OH MY GOODNESS SHALL WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ISSUE AFTER GOING THROUGH THE THE WEATHER STUFF AND NOW HAVE THIS ISSUE AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HOW THE JOINT TEAMS TOGETHER LOOKED AT THE SENSOR AND UNDERSTOOD IT.UNDERSTOOD THE PHENOMENAL AND CLEARED IT AND CONTINUED ON THE COUNT. >> NEXT EYE OF AVIATION WEEK. REPORTER: THANKS. THAT WAS SUPER IMPRESSIVE TO SEE. MY QUESTION NOW IS FOR KATHY BE A MAYBE FOR ELON. WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN FROM THIS POINT ON FOR YOU ALL TO FEEL CONFIDENT THAT AUGUST 30th OR EARLY SEPTEMBER LAUNCH OF THE CERTIFICATION MISSION CAN HAPPEN, THANKS. >> WELL, WE WANTED OUR STREAK GET INTO PROP CHECKOUTS, WHICH IS REALLY WHERE THE SPACECRAFT IS ASPEMMED AND KIND OF IN ONE OF THE FINAL ACCEPTANCE TESTING MODES LAST NIGHT I GOT E-MAIL THAT SAID CREW ONE VEHICLE IS IN PROP CHECKOUTS. THEY ARE GOING THROUGH. SO MAKING SURE THAT THE PROPULSION SYSTEMS LEAKED TIGHT AND OPERATING IN A CRITICAL MANNER, SO I TELL, YOUS THAT YOU THE FIRST THING. THE VEHICLE HAS GOT TO BE READY. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE DOCK THE DEMO VEHICLE. THAT IS TEST FLIGHT AND MAKING SURE WE TAKE ALL THE LARNING THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE DOCKING AND ROLLING INTO A READINESS FOR CREW ONE.MAKE SURE WE GET THROUGH LANDING THEN MAKE SURE WE ARE TAKING THAT UNDERSTANDING AND ANY ISSUES WE HAVE WITH THE LANDING AND THEN ROLLING THAT INTO CREW ONE. SO OUR TEAMS GETTING THE VEHICLE READY AND WE ARE ALSO WATCHING THE DEMONSTRATION MISSION AND MAKING SURE OUR LEARNING OUT OF THIS TEST FLIGHT IS THEN ROLLED INTO HOW WE’RE FLYING CREW ONE 1:00 KEEP WATCHING ALONG THE WAY AND LIKE, LIKE, LIKE SAY A CEREAL. YOUR AND FOLLOWING ALONG AS WE LEARN ALONG THE WAY.THESE TEST FLIGHTS HAVE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THAT NEXT MISSION. >> NEXT GRE JEFF. REPORTER: HI. THIS IS SPACE NEWS. ANY ISSUES YOU ARE PARTICULARLY WATCHING ON THE CREW DRAGON AS IT APPROACHES THE SPACE STATION? ANYTHING YOU WILL BE PARTICULARLY KEEPING YOUR FINGERS CROSSED OVER THE REMANAGE HOURS UP THROUGH DOCKING? >> SO YOU KNOW, THE BIG THING, THE NICE THING ABOUT US HAVING THE UNCREW MISSION IS WE WERE ABLE TO CHECK OUT A LOT OF SYSTEMS ON THE UNCREW MISSION THAT HAD TO DEAL WITH DOCK AND THINK EVERYBODY SAW LAST SPRING HOW SUCCESSFUL THE DM KNOW ONE MISSION WAS AND WENT THROUGH THE DOCKING PHASE.BUT YOU ALSO LEARN SOMETHING ON SPACEFLIGHT AND NOW HAVING THE CREW ONBARD AND THE HOW THE CREW OPERATES AS SYSTEM THEN HOW THAT TOTAL SYSTEM THEN OBVIOUSLY WORKS WITH US APPROACHING STATION WILL BE ANOTHER BIG THING THAT WE’RE LEARNING, RIGHT? THENS ONLY, HOW TO DOCK WITH STATION AND OPERATE WITHIN STATION IS A BIG PART OF THE LEARNING NOR GROUP. THIS IS OUR FIRST LONG DURATION MISSION, WHERE WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING INTEGRATED OPERATIONS WITH THE SPACE STATION FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WHICH IS WHICH IS ALSO GOING TO BE A HUGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR US.THESE TESTS FLIGHTS ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO NOT ONLY LEARN HOW THE VEHICLE WORKS BUT HOW WE’RE OPERATING IT AND WE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT HOW TO TRY FLY WITH WEATHER HOW TO OPERATE WITH THESE SYSTEMS AND IT IS GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US NOW GO LEARN HOW TO OBVIOUSLY DO THE DOCKING PIECE BUT THEN LEARN HOW TO BE A PART OF THIS INTEGRATED, YOU KNOW, BER PRIZE THAT IS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND HE COULD A ADD.IT IS VERY COMPLICATED SYSTEM. >> SURE. FIRST OF ALL, I PROMISE GOOD WEATHER TOMORROW, KATHY. NO RAIN SHOWERS. MAYBE A SOLAR FLARE THAT WON’T IMPACT THE OPERATIONS BUT A SERIES OF TESTS ALONG THE WAY JUST LIKE ON DEMO ONE, THERE US ADDITIONAL TESTS, OF COURSE, DOUG IS GOING TO TALK OVER FLYING MANUALLY AND THE CREW, THE CREW ONBOARD THE DRAGON BOB AND DOUG MONITORING HOW THE VEHICLE COPS IN AND CHRIS CASSIDY ONBOARD THE ISS WILL ALSO BE MONITORING IT SO IT REALLY IS HOW IS THE VEHICLE SPER FORM IN THAN CROW IN THIS HE DRG ON AND CRAW ON INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION HANDLE THAT AND IN THIS OF COURSE EQUALIZING THE PRESSURES MAKING SURE THERE IS NO LEAKS WHEN IT NICE THE ISS AND THEN FINALLY, JUST TRAINING THE DREW COME ACROSS THE HATCH AND HOW, HOW THE ISS WORKS AND BE A PART OF THAT BIGGER TEAM.SO I THINK THERE IS TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OFFING THISES TO LEARN ALONG THE WAY AND WE HAVE VERY, VERY EXPERIENCED CREW ONBOARD THE ISS AND VERY, VERY EXPERIENCED CREW ON DRAGON SANZ IN IT WILL GO WELL AND I AM SURE WE WILL LEARN A FEW THINGS ALONG THE WAY. >> THANK YOU. THE NEXT QUESTION FROM JACKIE GODDARD OF THE TIMES OF LONDON. REPORTER: HELLO. CONGRATULATION. MY QUESTION IS FOR ELON. YOU SAID LAST WEEK THAT YOU HAD TOLD BOB AND DOUG’S TWO LITTLE BOYS YOU WOULD DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO BRING THEM HOME SAFELY. THAT MUST STILL WEIGH ON YOU THROUGHOUT THE MISSION AND I WONDERED IF YOU COULD SHARE SOME PERSONAL IN SIGHT INTO WHAT IT LIKE TO HAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY NOT JUST WITH YOUR SPACEX BUT AS A DAD. THANK YOU. ELON: WELL, IT REALLY HIT HOME WITH THE KIDS.THE VEHICLE THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE, THEIR LIVES ARE AT STAKE. THAT REALLY HITS HOME. SO YOU FOE, THERE IS STILL — WE STILL GOT DOCK WITH SPACE STATION AND STILL RETURN. THE RETURN IS MORE DANGEROUS IN SOME WAYS THAN THE ASSENT SO WE DONE WANT TO DECLARE VICTORY YET WE NEED TO BRING THEM HOME SAFELY AND MAKE SURE WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF REIN TRY AND RETURN AND WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT WITH THE DEMO 1 VEHICLE SO WE WERE ABLE TO RETIRE A LOT OF RISK WITH THE REEN THINK. THAT IS A BIG DEAL. YEAH. ANYWAY. I GET CHOKED UP HERE. IT REALLY — YEAH. I AM GETTING CHOKED UP. SORRY. I AM NOT SURE I CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTION MORE THAN THAN.YEAH. WE’LL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THEY GET HOME SAFELY. >> THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM MARINA. REPORTER: HI EVERYONE. MAY LEAN IN WITH THE ATLANTIC. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE LAUNCH. THIS IS FOR ELON OR JIM. DO BOB AND DOUG WANT TO DOCK MANUALLY TO THE IS SINN STEAD OF LETTING DRAGON DOUBT. ARE THEY ALLOWED OR ONLY TAKE OVER IF THERE IS A PROBLEM OR SOME KIND OF AN EMERGENCY? JIM. THE PLAINS FOR AUTOMATIC RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING. THAT THIS IS PLAN. OF COURSE, THEY NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING MANUALLY. THEY COULD. BUT WE ARE PLANNING TO TEST OUT AUTOMATIC RONDE VAU AND DOCKING. I WANT TO REITERATE SOMETHING THAT ELON TALKED ABOUT.THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT BOB AND DOUG ARE ON ELON’S MIND ALL THE TIME. BUT THAT IS NOT JUST ON HIS MIND. HE HAS MADE THROUGHOUT THE CULTURE AT SPACEX. WE DID, WE DID ASSESSMENT OF THE CULTURE AT SPACEX AND IT CAME BACK EXTREMELY STRONG. AND IT IS ON THE MINDS, BOB AND DOUG ARE ON THE MUNDS OF EVERYBODY ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE LINE WORKER AND ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP. EVERYBODY AT SPACEX KNOWS WHAT, WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE. I WILL TELL YOU, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT I SAW IN THAT SAFETY AC STATEMENTS WE CONDUCTED AND I THINK ALL OF OUR NASA TEAM WAS IMPRESSED WITH IT AS WELL. IT IS NOT JUST ELON. IT IS THE WHOLE TEAM.HE MADE THAT GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO EVERY PERSON THAT WORKS AT SPACEX. >> THEY ARE CALLED THE DADS WHICH MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH TGE BUT I CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE ON ORBIT. AND A FEW MONTHS BEFORE MAYBE THEY COME BACK AND CUC ME NOW. YES. THEY ARE CALLED THE DM-2 DADS. >> SHOULD HAVE A DAD JOKE. [LAUGHTER] I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THAT BECAUSE IT PLAYS BACK TO EARLIER QUESTION ABOUT HOW DID SPACEX STAY FOCUSED ON HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT COMING OUT OF CARGO T. THINK PART OF THAT IS THAT RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS BUILT. I KNOW RECENTLY, OVER THE PAST YEAR, THINK, IT WAS 32 STRAIGHT WEEKS THAT BOB AND DOUG WERE OUT THERE AT HAWTHORNE WITH THE SPACEX TEAM AND REALLY BUILT A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE EYES AND THE SMILES WHEN THEY SEE EACH OTHER.THAT GOES A LONG WAY I THINK IN THIS. >> THINK WHAT IS REALLY, REALLY COOL THAT IS THE PART NUMBER FOR THE SEATS AND THE SUITS HAS THEIR NAMES UNIT. EOPP, I THINK, YOU HAVE DEAN GREAT JOB TO PERSONALIZE. >> THAT CULTURE IS NOT AUTOS CITY TO ACHIEVE. NOT EASY TO GET IT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE ORGANIZATION. THE SAFETY ASSESSMENT THAT WE DID INDICATED THAT THAT WAS THE CASE. >> I WANT TO SAY, THINK WE WOULD NOT HAVE ACHIEVED THE SAFETY WITHOUT THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM NASA AND YOUR TEAM. SPACE MADE US WAY BETTER THAN WE WOULD HAVE BEEN AND OBVIOUSLY COULDN’T HAVE GOT STARTED WITHOUT NASA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT. JIM: LET’S CELEBRATE SAFETY WHEN WE GET THEM HOME. LET’S DO THAT. IT IS GOOD. REPORTER: THANK YOU VERY. A QUESTION FOR ELON MUSK. COULD YOU EXPAND ON STARSHIP ABOUT WHEN YOU EXPECT YOU WILL GO AROUND THE MOON? ELON. I AM OPTIMISTIC IN GENERAL.I DON’T KNOW. I MEAN, I GUESS, I WOULD WISH WE COULD DO IT IN TWO YEARS. THAT MAY MEAN FOR YOU. I THINK IT IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION IT COULD BE TWO YEARS. WILL BE SURPRISED IF IT TOOK MORE THAN FOUR. >> OK. THE NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE. REPORTER: THANK YOU FOR TAKING ME QUE QUESTION AND CONGRATULATIONS ON AN AMAZING LAUNCH.THIS IS FOR ELON. YOU HAVE BEEN WORK NOR MOMENT FOR 18 YEARS AND COUNTERED RESISTANCE ALONG THE WHICH AND EVEN FROM NASA AT ONE POINT. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO SAY THEY COULD DO THIS. DO YOU HAVE MEASAGE WITH THEM. THE LAST CONVERSATION WITH BOB AND DOUG. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT YOU WHAT SAID? ELON. THANK YOU. LET ME SURE I HAVE THE FIRST QUESTION PROPERLY. >> CAN YOU REPEAT IT PLEASE. REPORTER: HAVE YOU BEEN WORK FOR 18 YEARANCE CERTAINLY CORNERED A LOT OF RESISTANCE ALONG THE WAY EVEN FROM NASA FROM THE BE BEGINNING? WHAT WOULD YOU STI THOSE, DO YOU HAVES’ MUDGE FOR THEM? WHAT WAS THE LAST CONVERSATION WITH BE ABOUT AND DOUG LIKE? WHAT TALK ABOUT IT? THANK YOU SO MUCH. ELON: DO I HAVE A MESSAGING FOR THOSE DOUBT? OK. DOUBT. OK. MAYBE I BLANK OUT THE WORD DOUBT. [LAUGHTER] TO BE TOTALLY FRANK, I DOUBTED WITH US, TOO. MAYBE WE HAD A CHANCE OF REAPING ORBIT. TO THOSE WHO DOUBTED US, WELL, I THINK YOU ARE PROBABLY RIGHT, YOU KNOW? I MEAN THERE ARE TIMES THAT I WAS TOLD, LAKE, WHEN HEARD FROM PAYPAL AND ROLLING INTO CREATE SPACEX AND TESLA AND ALL, AND BOTH COMPANIES WERE BANKRUPT.2008 WAS TOUGH YEAR. IT TOOK US FOUR ATTEMPTS TO GET ORBIT WITH FALCON ONE. BUT A LOT OF TIMES, PEOPLE WILL TELL THE JOKE. HOW DO YOU MAKE A SMALL FORTUNE IN THE ROCKET INDUSTRY? I ALREADY HEARD THAT JOKE 12,000 TIMES, YOU KNOW? [LAUGHTER] SO ANYWAY, IT ROOM CAME TRUE, YOU KNOW, WE JUST BAUERLY MADE IT THERE, THE FOURTH LAUNCH OF FALCON ONE. THAT IS ALL THE MONEY WE HAD. THE FOURTH LAUNCH.THEN THAT WAS NOT EVEN ENOUGH TO SAVE THE COMPANY. THEN WITHIN THE NASA CONTRACT. THAT CAME A LITTLE BIT LATER OR TOWARD THE END OF 2008 AND THOSE ARE THE TWO KEY THINGS THAT SAVED SPACEX OTHERWISE WE WOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, NOT MADE IT, SO — YEAH. THOSE DOUBTERS WERE PROBABLY CORRECT. FORTUNATELY, WE HAD SMALE UPON US AND BROUGHT US TO THIS DAY. >> PAT, ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT BOB AND DOUG BEFORE THEY LAUNCHED? >> THEY WERE CALM AND FOCUSED. I THAT I THIS WAS CHANCE TO GET BACK TO SPACE THEMES THEY FELT LIABILITY WAS PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT NASA AND THE ASTRONAUT CORP IN THIS ENDEAVOR AND THEY, I GAR REASON TIE YOU, ARE GOING TO ENJOY THEIR TIME ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. CHRIS JOKED WITH THEM WHEN THEY DIDN’T GET UP THE FIRST TIME. THE THE ADMINISTRATOR HEARD THIS, THEY WERE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE WEEKEND CLEANING THAT WE DO ON THE ISS BUT THEY WILL BE GLAD TO GET THERE AND GLAD TO COME BACK. >> WE’LL TAKE THE LAST QUESTION FROM SPACE.COM.REPORT HI. CONGRATULATIONS ON AMAZING LAUNCH TODAY. I AM WONDERING IF COULD TALK ABOUT WHAT ELSE BOB AND DOUG WILL BE DOING NOW THEY COMPLETED THEIR MANUAL FLIGHT TESTS IN A HEARD THEY ARE GOING TO BE TALKING IT UP SOME POINT. WHAT ELSE IS ON THE TO DO LIST FOR BOB AND DOUG BETWEEN NOW AND DOCKING? >> , YOU KNOW, THEY DID THEIR FIELD DEMO, SO ELON ALREADY MENTIONED AND GOT TO MANUALLY FLY THE VEHICLE, THEY WILL BE DOING ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO SPACE STATION AND YOU KNOW, PEOPLE FORGET THAT YOU KNOW THE REASON WE PICKED OR FOD PICKED BOB AND DOUG TO FLY THIS BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE AS TEST PILOTS AND ACTUALLY HAD DEVELOPED THIS CONCEPT TO HAVE AN EX PIERCED SET OF PILOTS, CREWMEMBERS, WORKING WITH THE COMPANIES TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO HELP THEM AS THEY WERE WORK THROUGH THE DESIGNS AND DEVELOPING THEIR SYSTEMS.THIS IS KIND OF COOL. BOB AND DOUG GET TO FLY THE WORK THEY HAVE BEEN HELPING WORK AND DEVELOP AND SAY FIGURE OUT HOW IS IT REALLY WORKING ON ORBIT. THE OTHER THING THEY GET TO DO IS JUST TO BE ABLE TO BE, POW, ECOSYSTEMS WORKING, THEY ARE GETTING TO SEE IT. ARE THINGS COOLING? HOW THIS IS SEAT FEEL? HOW DO THE SUITS FEEL? CAN YOU GET IN AND OUT OF THE SUITS WHEN ARE YOU ARE ON ORBIT AND HOW EASY ARE THOSE FUNCTIONS GOING TO BE? WILL NOT TALK ABOUT THE WASTE FUNCTIONS BUT THAT IS COON OF PART OF IT.THEN, THEN, OBVIOUSLY, HOW APPROACH FEELS WITH I FOE, THAT JIM WAS ABLE TO USE A SUM LATER BUT NOW, THEY GOT THIS BIG SIMMATOR THAT IS INTERNATION AGO SPACE STATION THEY ARE GOING TO GET TO BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY COME UP TO AND BE ABLE TO DOCK AND SEE HOW THAT REALLY WORKS AND HOW IT MATCH BECAUSE ONE OF THE THANKS IS REALLY IMPORTANT WE ALL KNOW IT, AND ANYONE YOU KNOW, IS HOW DOES REAL THING REALLY APPROXIMATE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN PRACTICING ON FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS SO NOW THEY ARE GOING TO COME BACK AND HER TO NEXT CREWS THAT ARE GOING UP, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH THEM, HEY, THIS IS HOW IT FELT. THIS IS HOW THESE SYSTEMS WORKED. AND BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT EXPERIENCE WITH THE CREW ONE CREW THAT RIGHT NOW IS DOING THEIR TRAINING, 1:00, SO, THEY ARE DOING A VERY, VERY, VERY POSH FUNCTION FOR UPCOMING CREWS THAT WILL REALLY BE THE LONG DURATION CREWMEMBERS AND WILL BE FLYING TO THE SPACE STATION.>> I CAN PROM MISYOU THE HARDEST THING THEY WILL DO TOMORROW IS WHEN THEY ARE DONE FLYING THEIR MANUAL NEAR FIELD FLYING IS TO HAND IT BACK OVER TO THE COMPUTERRANCE NOT DOCK IT. BECAUSE THEY ARE TEST PILOTS AND TO ANSWER EARLIER QUESTION, THAT IS WHAT THEY WOULD ENJOY DOING. SO TO GIVE IT BACK WILL BE A LITTLE BIT HARD FOR THEM. >> I DID NOTICE DOUG WAS GOOD AT TEACHING JIM HOW TO FLY IT. YEAH. YES. YES. HE HELPED YOU DOCK, RIGHT? >> WELL, I MIGHT HAVE. >> WELL THAT WAS THE LAST QUESTION.CLOSING REMARK INTERESTS THE ADMINISTRATOR. JIM: SURE. IT DOES REPRESENT MANY YEARS OF WORK. I WANT TO SAY YOU KNOW, A QUESTION CAME UP EARLIER ABOUT DOUBTERS AND PEOPLE THAT DOESN’T BELIEVE THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN. THERE WAS DAY WHEN CHARLIE AND MY PREDECESSOR AT NASA AS THE ADMINISTRATOR WAS TRYING TO GET THIS PROGRAM OFF THE GROUND IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY. HE HAD MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WERE IN OPPOSITION TO IT. WOULDN’TED A QUATLY FUND IT AND ULTIMATELY GAVE THEM A HARD TIME ABOUT IT. AND GENERAL ARE, NAY REN CORP GENERAL, CHARLIE, PERSEVERED AND PUSHED THROUGH. THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WE ALL GET TO EXPENSE TODAY.I WANT TO EMPHASIZE. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE PAT WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THE BOB AND DOUG WERE JOKING WITH EACH OTHER EARLIER TODAY WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH THEM AND THEY WERE JOKING, DOUG, YOU KNOW, DOUG HURLEY’S LAST SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION GOT SCRUBBED FIVE TIMES BEFORE THEY FINALLY LAUNCHED ON THE SECTION TIME. OF COURSE, BOB BEHNKEN IS SAYING THAT DOUG HURLEYS THE JINX HERE, AND THEREFORE, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LAUNCH TODAY EITHER. TO SEE THEM LOOSE LIKE THAT, PAT, YOU MENTIONED THEY WERE LOOSE, AND JOKING AND, IN FACT, SEEMINGLY HAVING FUN ON DAVE LAUNCH.EVEN THOUGH WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS SERIOUS. EVERYBODY INS STEAL. I MEAN, THESE ARE JUST AMERICAN HEROS. >> YEAH. >> OF COURSE, YOUR TEAM, GOING BACK TO WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT A FEW MINUTES AGO THE FACT THAT AT SPACEX, YOU DONE CALL THEM BOB AND DOUG. YOU CALL THEM THE DADS. KEEPING THE SAFETY AT THE FORECOST OF THEIR MINDS. THIS IS ARTICLE GREAT DAY FOR ALL OF AMERICA. I IS A GREAT DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME. IT HAS BEEN NINE YEARS SINCE WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND OF COURSE, WE ARE HERE NOW AND THERE IS, YOU OH, ELON SAID EARLIER. THIS IS 10,000 PEOPLE BEHIND THIS THAT MADE IT HAPPEN. MAYBE 100 THOUSAND. WHEN YOU ADD UP SUPPLY PRANCE EVERYONE. THINK IT IS CLOSER TO 100,000. YEAH. YEAH. CHILDREN. YEAH. RIGHT. THAT IS RIGHT. THIS REALLY IS A GREAT DAY FOR THE UNITED STATES. IT IS A GREAT DAY FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. CREW ONE IS INTERNATIONAL MISSION ON THE FIRST CREW.WE WILL HAVE A JAPANESE ASTRONAUT WITH US. I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY. WE’RE NOT CELEBRATING YESTERDAY. WE WILL CELEBRATE WHEN THEY ARE HOME SAFELY. CERTAINLY, WE CAN BRING SIZE OF RELIEF EVERY STEP ALONG THE WHICH AND THAT WAS WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY. CONGRATULATIONS TO SPACEX AND ELON MUSK. CONGRATULATIONS TO KATHY A AND YOUR NASA TEAM THAT GOT US TO THIS POSITION AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SO MANY THINGS AHEAD. >> GRATEFUL THAT THAT IS GOING TO WRAP IT UP HERE FOR US HERE AT THE KENNEDY SPAY SPAES CENTER AND CONTINUE WATCHING THE LIVE COVERAGE UNTIL THE ASTRONAUTS REACH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND DOCKING AND HATCH OPENING AND ARRIVAL OF BE ABOUT AND DOUG AT THE ISS. DOCK SCHEDULED FOR 10:29 EASTERN TIME. RIGHT AFTER THE BROADCAST, WE’LL TURN IT TO JSC AND HEAR FROM BE ABOUT AND DOUG DURING A DOWN A FLING THE CREW DRAGON FROM ORBIT THE EARTH. SO WE’LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION. PLEASE GO TO NASA.GOV FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE COMMERCIAL CREW AND GO SPACEX.GO NASA. GO BOB AND DOUG. GO AMERICA. THANK. MIGHT HAVE MORE THAN AN HOUR AS WE’VE SEEN, THROUGH SOONER THAN LATER. SO IF WERE THEY’LL HAVE ABOUT AN HOUR TO WIND DOWN. MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY PREPARED WE REALLY WANT THEM TO BE WELL WERE WHERE WHENEVER IT BECOMES TIME TO BEGIN THE INTERGRAYTIVE OPERATIONS FOR DOCKING. IT IS REALLY CRITICAL THAT THEY GET AS MUCH OF THE EIGHT HOURS AS POSSIBLE TO BE RESTED. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE BEEN WE HAVE HEARD THREE OF THEM. BUT WE WON’T PERFORM THE OTHER ONE UNTIL THE CREW WAKES UP. WE DON’T WANT TO WAKE THEM UP. >> YES, I WOULDN’T MIND SOME. >> EVERYTHING IS LOOKING GOOD SO FAR WITH PRE-DRAGON. >> DRAGON SPACEX CO-CHECK. >> SPACEX DRAGON, WE’VE GOT YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. >> WE HEARD SOME WEIRD NOISES. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE WERE STILL WITH YOU. >> COPY. >> WELL, WE’RE ABOUT TO HIT THE 4:20 MARK HERE. JUST IN CASE IF YOU’RE JOINING US, WE HAVE A LITTLE REPLAY WE WANT TO SHOW YOU.BOB AND DOUG GAVE US A TOUR OF THEIR CAPSULE JUST A LITTLE BIT AGO. SO WE WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THAT TO YOU AGAIN IN CASE YOU MISSED IT BEFORE. >> WELL, EVERYONE, WELCOME ABOARD DRAGON. MY NAME IS DOUG. NEXT TO ME IS BOB. YOU PROBABLY KNOW HIM. WE’RE SOW GLAD TO BE HERE WITH YOU THIS WE HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT TALK ABOUT FIRST BEFORE WE SHOW YOU AROUND. BUT FIRST THIS HAS BEEN A TRADITION THAT WE’VE HAD WITH. WE–WE’RE GIVEN ITS HONOR TO NAME THIS CAPSULE. I KNOW MOST OF YOU AT SPACEX KNOW IT AS CAP TULE. WE ALL THOUGHT WE COULD DO A BILLET BETTER THAT THAT:WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU ON BOARD CAP ACTUAL ENDEAVOR.WE SUE. NOR REASON WHY WE NAMED IT ENDEAVOR IS MORE PERSONAL TO BOB AND I. WE BOTH HAD OUR FIRST FLIGHTS ON THE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR. WE DECIDED TO GO WITH THAT NAME. AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THAT NAME, AND AGAIN, WELCOME ON BOARD. >> GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY, AND WELCOME ON BOARD EVERYONE TODAY, WE PROBE DOUG AND I ARE REALLY PROUD TO BE A PART OF ITS MUCH DIFFERENT FROM ITS NAMESAKE IN THAT IT HAS TOUCH DISPLAY SCREEN. SO DOUG POINTS TO THE DISPLAY IN FRONT OF ME, YOU CAN SEE THE THE VIEW THAT WE HAD DURING THE MANEUVERS. PRIME MINISTER WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERFACE WITH THE VEHICLE. THERE IS A BUTTON WITH WHAT THE COMMANDS ARE WITH OUR DISPLAYS. ONE THING THAT GET LOST IT OVER OPPOSITE THIS SIDE. WE DO HAVE SOME BUTTONS, BUT THEY’RE PRIMARILY INTERFACING.NICE NEW MODERN COCKPIT THAT WE’VE GOT, COMPARED TO OUR NAME SHAKE, THE SPACE SHUTTLE, AND MAYBE YOU CAN TELL WHAT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE. FROM HIS SEAT WHEN HE’S INSIDE THE NUMBER YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE HAVE A WINDOW TO LOOK OUT AND SEE WHAT IS GOING ON OUTSIDE. THAT WAS EXCITING FOR US. YOU SEE THE ARM BREAKGGGING AWAY FROM THE PAD. THAT’S WHEN WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO LAUNCH TODAY. I GOT ONE ON MY SIDE AS WELL. I’M GOING TO TRY TO DEMONSTRATE SOME OF THE CAPABILITIES THAT WE HAVE NOW THAT WE ARE HE IN ZERO GRAVITY. I WAS REQUESTED TO DO A BACKFLIP. I’M GOING TO DO A SIDE SPIN WHICH IS A PERMUTATION ON THAT REQUEST. YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO FLOAT IN ZERO GRAVITY, AND DOUG AND I ARE SUPER EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS AGAIN TODAY. WE DID, IT TURNS OUT, ONE STOWAWAY ON BOARD OUR VEHICLE WHEN WE LAUNCHED TODAY. IT WAS NOT TO DOUG AND I, WE HAVE AN APATOSAURUS ON BOARD.OUR BOYS ARE BOTH INTO DINOSAURS, AND WE ABLE TO BRING THEIR TOYS WITH US ON BOARD. I’M SURE THEY WOULD RATHER BE HERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, BUT HOPEFULLY THEY’RE PROUD OF THIS AS WELL. >> AS WE WORK OUR WAY TOWARDS ONE OF THE WINDOWS, UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S GETTING A LITTLE BIT DARK. I DON’T KNOW IF BOB CAN PAN OVER HERE. WE’RE JUST OFF THE COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND, AND OVER THE ATLANTIC RIGHT NOW. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN GET A GOOD PICTURE OF THAT. >> WITH THAT I THINK WE’LL WORK OUR WAY BACK INTO THE SEATS AND WRAP THINGS UP FOR THIS EVENING. >> DOUG IS MAKING A BIG SMILE FOR THE CAMERA. I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE TRIP WITH US ON BOARD THE DRAGON CAPSULE ENDEAVOR, AND WITH THE APATASAURUS.WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK NASA AND SPACEX AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR BEING HERE TODAY. TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH SPACE FLIGHT FROM THE FLORIDA COAST. WE’RE LUCKY TO BE PARDON OF THIS. WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO GAVE US THIS OPPORTUNITY AND WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN TODAY. >> SO WITH THAT, I THINK IT WILL BE GOOD NIGHT FROM CAPITAL ENDEAVOR. GOOD NIGHT TO NASA, SPACEX, AND THE TEAMS, THANK YOU FOR PUTTING US IN ORBIT. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING CHRIS CASSIDY TOMORROW MORNING.>> I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, LEAH, BUT I WILL PROBABLY BE ABLE TO WATCH THAT TOUR OF CREW DRAGON MANY, MANY TIMES. >> TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR, HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. >> GREAT TO TALK TO YOU. >> MIKE WILL BE WAKING YOU UP. WE’LL BID YOU ADIEU, GOOD NIGHT, A AND WE’LL SEE YOU ON STATION. >> ALL RIGHT, THERE WE HEARD SOME ENTERTAINING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN DRAGON CORE HERE AND MISSION CONTROL IN HAWTHORNE AND BOB AND DOUG AS THEY’RE GETTING THEIR GOOD NIGHT LULLABY. AND BASICALLY WHAT WE HEARD THERE IS OUR CONTROL TEAM HERE IN HAWTHORNE SAYING WE’RE GOING TO LET YOU SLEEP. WE’LL MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE CALLS OUT ANYTHING UNNECESSARY WHILE YOU’RE TRYING TO SLEEP, BUT WE DID HEAR THERE WAS AN UPDATE TO THE TIMING OF THE TRANSFER BURN. SO WE DID HEAR THAT THAT WILL TAKE PLACE WHILE THEY’RE SLEEPING. BUT WE GAVE THEM THE HEADS UP THAT IT WILL ONLY LAST 30 SECONDS.WE WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE CALL OUT, THE DRAGON CORE MEMBER WILL NOT GIVE THE CALL OUT. WE WANT YOU TO KEEP SLEEPING. UNFORTUNATELY, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO KEEP THAT OUT OF THEIR SLEEP. BUT SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS. THEY’RE AWARE OF IT, AND VERY PREPARED. THEY’RE IN PRE-SLEEP. IT’S FREE TIME, ABOUT AN HOUR FOR THEM TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT AS THEY PREPARE TO GO TO BED. >> YES, SO I THINK ALSO ON BOARD THERE ARE SOME WINDOW COVERS. IT WOULD BE HARD TO WANT TO COVER UP THAT AMAZING VIEW, BUT WE PASS 16 SUN SETS A DAY.THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT SOME SHADES ON THE WINDOWS AND GET SOME REAL DARKNESS IN THE CABIN. >> FREQUENTLY ORBITING AROUND THE EARTH PROVIDES GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREAT VIEWS. BUT AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, THOSE CONSTANT SUNSETS AND SUNRISES WOULD BE DISTURBING TO A SLEEP ROUTINE. WE REALLY WANT THEM TO HAVE AS MUCH–GET AS CLOSE TO EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP AS POSSIBLE. YES, I COULD DEFINITELY IMAGINE BLACK OUT CURTAINS WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. UNLESS THEY MAYBE HAD FACE MASKS. I WOULDN’T MIND AN EYE MASK. >> EYE MASK. >> YES, AN EYE MASK–ONE EYE IS THE MEATBALL, THE OTHER ONE IS THE WORM. I CAN SEE IT.>> WE HAVE TO PLEASE BOTH CROWDS. THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A WAR GOING ON. >> I ALREADY STATED MY, MY PROUD SUPPORT OF TEAM WORM. HOWEVER, I DID SEE THAT LEYLAND SEND OUT AN VIDEO THAT WAS A WORM BALL. >> I LOVE BOTH. I’M PROUD TO WEAR BOTH. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> WE’VE GOT BOTH ON THE JACKET, TOO. WE’RE WELL COVERED WITH NASA ININSIGNIA. WE’VE JUST PASSED THE 4:30 MARK. NOW WE’RE AT 4:32, THIS TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL SPAN OVER 19 HOURS. WE’LL BE HERE GIVING COVERAGE THE ENTIRE TIME. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A NAP, THAT’S TOTALLY COOL. WE’LL BE HERE THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. WE HAVE FRIENDS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD IF YOU’RE BRITISH OR IF YOU’RE GERMAN OR IF YOU’RE JAPANESE, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY, EVERYONE IS WAKING UP. I THINK ABOUT SOMETHING VERY COOL ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR BROADCAST, EVERYONE IN THE WORLD AT SOME POINT IN THEIR DAY WILL BE AWAKE FOR THE DEMO 2 MISSION AND TUNING IN.YEAH, ON THAT NOTE LET’S DO A LITTLE BIT OF A MISSION RECAP. >> YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT. >> SO, LAUNCH DAY STARTED EARLY TODAY. PREPARATIONS BEGINNING FOR OUR CREW MEMBERS ABOUT FOUR HOURS PRIOR TO THEIR LAUNCH. AFTER THE SUIT UP IN THE NASA OPERATIONS AND CHECK OUTBUILDINGS, THE CREW WALKED OUT. WE SAW THEM WALK OUT THOSE TWO FAMOUS TWO DOORS AND WAVE GOODBYE TO THEIR FAMILIES. WE SAW AIR HUGS–OH. >> SO HEART WRENCHING. >> THAT GETS ME EVERY TIME. WE SAW SOME OF THAT, TOO AS THEY SAID FAREWELL TO THEIR FAMILY OUTSIDE. THE NEXT DESTINATION TO THE CREW WAS THE LAUNCH PAD. THEY BOARDED THEIR TESLAS, AND IT TOOK 30 MINUTES TO GET THEIR PAD 39 A. AND THE SPACECRAFT WAS WAITING FOR THEM. THIS MORNING WE GOT UP AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A 50% NO-GO DAY. AND IT ENDED UP BEING BEAUTIFUL.>> I WAS TRYING NOT TO GET MY OPENS UP AGAIN BECAUSE IT WAS HARD TO TURN AROUND ON WEDNESDAY AND SAY WE’RE NOT GOING TO SPACE TODAY. IT WASN’T UNTIL LIKE THE LAST TWO HOURS AND 15 MINUTES, OKAY, WE’RE GOING FOR IT. I LET MYSELF JUMP INTO THE EXCITEMENT, BUT I WAS PRETTY CALM TODAY. >> YEAH, I GOT SWEPT UP, BUT AFTER THE CUT OFF FROM YESTERDAY. >> OH, YEAH. >> THE CREW GOT THE LAUNCH PAD TWO AND A HALF HOURS BEFORE LAUNCH. THEY INGRESSED, OR ENTERED THE LAUNCH ESCAPE SYSTEM WAS ALLOWING THE CREW DRAGON TO ESCAPE THE FALCON 9 UPON ASCENT SHOULD THERE BE ANY ANOMALY. WHICH WE SAW A SMOOTH RIDE INTO ORBIT. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL LAUNCH. THEY BEGAN FILLING THE FUEL TANKS AND THEN 5 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH DRAGON ENTERED TERMINAL COUNT AND THEY TOOK CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE.>> AT 12:22 PACIFIC, THE ENGINES IGNITED AND FALCON 9 LIFTED OFF, ENDING A NINE-YEAR HIATUS OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT FROM THE APOLLO LAUNCH PAD. BOB AND DOUG BEGAN THEIR JOURNEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. AFTER THE T PLUS NINE MINUTE MARK THEY LANDED ON THE DRONE SHIP WHICH WAS STATIONED OUT IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. NOW A COUPLE OF MINUTES AFTER THAT WE HAD PAYLOAD SEPARATION. THAT’S WHEN WE FINALLY SAW DRAGONFLYING FREE. DRAGON EXECUTED LATER ON THE BURN, THE FIRST OF FIVE BURNS REQUIRED TO MOVE INTO OUTER ORBIT. THE CREW COMPLETED THE FAR FIELD MANUAL FLIGHT TEST. DRAGON IS FULLY AUTONOMOUS, SO BASICALLY THE SPACECRAFT DOES ALL OF THE NAVIGATING AND BURNS TO GET TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STAIN.>> IT EXECUTED THE BOOST BURN THAT RAISE THE AT GEOGEE TO JUST TEN KILOMETERS LOWER THAN THE SPACE STATION. THIS IS THE SECOND OF FIVE MAJOR BURNS THAT ARE PROPELLING DRAGON ON ITS MISSION. IT LASTED SEVEN AND A HALF MINUTES. THE THIRD OCCURRED 45 MINUTES LATER. THE FIRING OF THE DRACO THRUSTERS LASTED JUST UNDER TEN MINUTES AND PLACED DRAGON CO-ELLIPTIC WITH THE SPACE STATION. IT IS NOW MAINTAINING THE SPACE STATION. >> WE’VE HAD A SUPER EXCITING DAY ALREADY. MORE TO COME CERTAINLY. >>> SO WE TOOK A LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED TODAY BUT ONCE THE CREW WAKES UP IN THE MORNING WE’LL HAVE A NUMBER OF EVENTS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD TO THE DOCKING TARGETED FOR 7:29 PACIFIC.HOWEVER THERE ARE STILL A COUPLE OF MILESTONES TO OCCUR WHILE THE CREW DRAGON CREW IS STILL ASLEEP. THE FIRST OF THOSE IS THE SPACE STATION CREW WILL WAKE UP. THIS IS THE HIGHEST POINT OF ITS ORBIT TO JUST 2.5 KILOMETERS BELOW THE STATION. >> ABOUT 15 MINUTES AFTER THE CLOSE CO-ELLIPTIC BURN IT WILL BE TIME FOR OUR TWO DADS IN SPACE TO WAKE UP.BE SURE TO TUNE IN HERE ON OUR WEBCAST IN A FEW HOURS ABOUT EIGHT HOURS NOW IN ORDER TO HEAR IT FIRST. >> WE ROUND EVERYTHING OUT WITH A FINAL CO-ELLIPTIC BURN TO ONCE AGAIN MAINTAIN THE CONSTANT ORBIT BENEATH THE STATION. THIS TIME IT WILL BE AT JUST 2.5 KILOMETERS BELOW. THEN WE’LL GET INTO THE APPROACH INITIATION AND FINAL STATION OF DRAGON’S RENDEZVOUS WITH THE SPACE STATION. THIS IS EXCITING BECAUSE WHEN WE GET INTO THOSE INTEGRATED OPERATIONS WE TRANSFER CONTROL FROM MISSION CONTROL HERE IN HAWTHORNE OVER TO HOUSTON. SO THAT TEAM THAT SWITCH OVER THOSE TEAMS WILL TRANSITION TO INTEGRATED OPERATIONS ROUGHLY 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO APPROACH INITIATION. >> SO DURING THAT APPROACH SPACEX CONTROLLERS WILL WORK IN TANDEM WITH THE NASA TEAM IN HOUSTON AS YOU MENTIONED TO ACTIVATE AND TEST OUT A NUMBER OF SYSTEMS ON DRAGON INCLUDING BIDIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND THAT ALSO SETS UP A DATA STREAM FROM DRAGON TO THE STATION GIVING IT ANOTHER PASS FOR DRAGON TO COME TO THE GROUND AND GIVING ADDITIONAL COMMAND CAPABILITY TO ASTRONAUTS ON THE STATION.IT WILL ALSO MANEUVER DRAGON TO THE PROPER ALTITUDE AND INITIALIZE THE NAVIGATION SENSORS USED FOR THE METHODICAL APPROACH TO THE STATION. >> AT APPROXIMATELY 5:27 A.M. PACIFIC, DRACO THRUSTERS ON DRAGON WILL FIRE WHEN IT IS ABOUT 2.5ETERS BELOW STATION AND JUST ABOUT SEVEN KILOMETERS BEHIND IT. AT THIS POINT THEY’RE GETTING CLOSE. THEY’RE PROBABLY VISIBLE FROM THE STATION AT THAT POINT. THEY CAN EYE CONTACT. >> AT THAT POINT DRAGON OR EXCUSE ME, THAT MANEUVER WILL BRING DRAGON UP UNTIL IT IS ABOUT 400 METERS OR A QUARTER MILE DIRECTLY BELOW THE STATION. THIS MANEUVER WILL ALSO MOVE DRAGON INSIDE 1 OF 2 CHECKPOINTS AROUND THE STATION THAT REQUIRES POLLS WITH THE CHECKPOINT TEAM. THE AE IS AN IMAGINARY SHAPE MEASURING FOUR KILOMETERS BY TWO KILOMETERS BY TWO KILOMETERS. ESSENTIALLY A THREE DIMENSIONAL OVAL. BEFORE DRAGON IS GIVEN PERMISSION TO MOVE ANYWHERE INSIDE OF THAT SHAPE THEY’RE REQUIRED TO BE ON A 24 HOUR SAFE TRAJECTORY. THAT MEANS IF DRAGON LOST ALL CONTROL TO ITS THRUSTERS FOR SOME REASON THAT IT WOULD BE AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE ITS TRAJECTORY WOULD MOVE INSIDE.>> WE’LL BE LOOKING FOR DRAGON TO GET THE GO TO MOVE INSIDE ANOTHER IMAGINARY CHECKPOINT THAT EXISTS WITHIN IN AN IMAGINARY SPHERE OF ABOUT 200 METERS. SO ABOUT HALF A LAP AROUND A TRACK. CONTROLLERS USE THIS TO MONITOR ALL ARRIVING AND RECORDING VEHICLES. IT’S ANOTHER CHANCE TO CONTROL ALL OF THE GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION AND CONTROL SYSTEMS ARE WORKING CORRECTLY ON DRAGON BEFORE MOVING CLOSER TO THE STATION. IT HAS A SIMILAR REQUIREMENT ON THE ORBITAL TRAJECTORY THAT IF DRAGON WERE TO SOMEHOW LOSE CONTROL OF ITS THRUSTERS IT WOULD BE SAFE FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS RATHER THAN THE 24 HOURS REQUIRED. ONCE DRAGON ARRIVES AT 400 METERS BELOW STATION IT WILL REACH WHAT IS KNOWN AS WAY POINT ZERO. THE VEHICLE CAN HOLD HERE AT 400 METERS, BUT IF ALL OF ITS SYSTEMS CHECK OUT IT CAN CONTINUE TO APPROACH TO WAY .1. >> DRAGON’S MOVE FROM WAY POINT ZERO TO WAY POINT ONE WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 220 METERS DISTANCE.AT THIS POINT IT WILL BE ON THE DOCKING AXIS WHICH MEANS IT IS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE DOCKING POINT. BOB AND DOUG ARE HEADED TO THE FORWARD MOST PORT ON THE STATION NODE TWO FORWARD PORT POINT. THAT’S WHERE 1 OF 2 INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTERS IS LOCATED. AND THAT WAS INSTALLED FOR THESE COMMERCIAL SPACECRAFT FLIGHTS AS WELL AS ANY OTHER SPACECRAFT THAT WILL USE THE NEW INTERNATIONAL DOCKING STANDARD. >> BEFORE MOVING INTO THE FINAL WAYPOINT WHICH IS WAYPOINT 2 THIS TIME IN WHAT WE CONSIDER THE NEAR FIELD WHICH MEANS IT’S CLOSE TO THE STATION. THE CREW WILL COMMAND A HOLD AT 220 METERS AND THEN CONDUCT A SERIES OF MANEUVERS. FIRST THEY’LL FLY DRAGON TO THE CENTER LINE OF THE DOCKING APPROACH PRECISELY LINING IT UP WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTER. THEN THEY’LL DO A NUMBER OF WHAT ARE CALLED TRANSLATIONAL MANEUVERS.USING THE DRACO THRUSTERS ON DRAGON TO MOVE IT ALONG THE DIFFERENT AXIS CHECKING ON THE GROUND FOR WHAT PROPELLANT IS TO BE USED. DRAGON IS FULLY AUTONOMOUS SO THIS IS TO DEMONSTRATE BRAKING AND VELOCITY IN RELATIVITY TO THE STATION. THEN THEY WILL RESUME AUTOMATED DOCKING. AFTER THE FLIGHT TEST IS COMPLETE, TEAMS IN HAWTHORNE HERE AND IN HOUSTON WILL DO A QUICK GO, NO GO TO ASSUME THE APPROACH AND START TO MOVE IN TO WAYPOINT TWO. ONCE DRAGON STARTS MOVING IN THEY WILL DO A FINAL GO, NO GO FOR DOCKING. >> ONCE DRAGON IS ONLY 20 METERS AWAY AT WAYPOINT 2 IT THEN ALIGNS ITS DOCKING SYSTEMS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTER. WE MAY HEAR THE CALL OUT CHOP OR C-H-O-P WHICH STANDS FOR CREW HANDS OFF POINT. AND THAT WILL HAPPEN A LITTLE LESS THAN 30 SECONDS BEFORE DOCKING. AT THAT POINT IT MEANS ANY ABORT THAT HAS TO BE DONE, EXCUSE ME, THAT MEANS THAT AT THAT POINT ANY ABORT TO THE DOCKING PROCEDURE WILL HAVE TO BE DONE AUTOMATICALLY BY DRAGON.>> AND THEN IT IS THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR BESIDES LAUNCH TODAY OBVIOUSLY WHEN OUR CREW ARRIVES AT THE SPACE STATION. DRAGON WILL FLY IN AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTER GIVING A SOFT CAPTURE SO THE WORK ISN’T DONE YET. IT GIVES A SOFT CAPTURE UNTIL SENSORS INDICATE IT’S TIME TO GIVE A HARD CAPTURE FIRMLY SECURING DRAGON TO ITS NEW HOME ON THE SPACE STATION. MEANWHILE THE SPACE STATION CREW NAMELY CHRIS CASSIDY WILL MANUALLY POWERIZE THE DATA ESTABLISHED FROM DRAGON. THEN IT’S TIME FOR HASH OPENING WHICH IS ABOUT TWO HOURS FOLLOWING DOCKING. >> GOOD TO KNOW. AND A LITTLE FUN FACT FOR ALL OF YOU OUT THERE. PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTER OR IDA AS YOU MAY HAVE READ ABOUT IT, THIS PORT IS ALSO WHERE SPACE SHUTTLES USED TO DOCK ON THE STATION AS WELL.SO LIKE I SAID BEFORE DOUG HURLEY WAS THE PILOT OF THE VERY LAST SPACE SHUTTLE MI THAT SHUTTLE DOCKED AT THE VERY SAME PLACE THAT CREW DRAGON WILL BE DOCKING TOMORROW MORNING. THAT MEANS THAT DOUG WHO WAS ONE OF THE LAST ASTRONAUTS TO DEPART THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VIA SHUTTLE WILL ACTUALLY BE OPENING UP THE VERY SAME HATCH HE CLOSED NEARLY A DECADE AGO. YOU KNOW, I JUST THINK ABOUT THAT AND MY HEART RATE STARTS GOING UP AGAIN. SO LIKE WE HAVE SEEN CREW DRAGON HAS HAD A VERY, CREW DRAGON HAS A VERY BUSY MORNING AHEAD. EVEN IN SPACE IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS ALSO A FACTOR IN THE MIX FOR THIS DANCE LIKE APPROACH OPERATION. AND AS YOU’VE HEARD ME SAY BEFORE IT IS A CHOREOGRAPH OF MANY SORTS. SO THAT’S WHY WE SIGNAL BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HAWTHORNE TO MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON AS WELL.DO WE HAVE AN UPDATE FROM COURTNEY BEASLEY AT MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON? >> HEY, KATE, WE DO INDEED HAVE AN UPDATE. AND AGAIN IT’S SUCH AN EXCITING DAY AND I’M HAPPY TO BE JOINING THE TWO OF YOU FOR COVERAGE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS FROM JOHNSON SPACE CENTER. HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON THE ORBIT THREE TEAM OF FLIGHT CONTROLLERS IS ON CONSOLE TODAY LED BY REBECCA WINGFIELD. AT THIS HOUR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW IS ASLEEP. THE TRIO, NASA ASTRONAUT AND STATION COMMANDER CHRIS CASSIDY AND RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS WENT TO SLEEP AROUND 4:30 P.M. CENTRAL TIME. THEY’LL CONTINUE THAT SLEEP PERIOD UNTIL JUST ABOUT 1:00 A.M. CENTRAL TIME ON SUNDAY MORNING READY TO BEGIN AN EXCITING DAY OF WORK. THEN AROUND 5:35 A.M. CENTRAL TIME CASSIDY HAS A RENDEZVOUS CONFERENCE WITH GROUND CONTROLLERS TO REVIEW RENDEZVOUS PROCEDURES THAT THE CREW DRAGON CREW WILL BE EXECUTING LATER IN THE MORNING.HE WILL THEN MOVE ON TO BEGIN SETTING UP TOOLS THAT WILL BE USED FOR LINK CHECKS FOR THE SPACE STATION AND CREW DRAGON AFTER DOCKING AS WELL AS SETTING UP PHOTO TV EQUIPMENT TO CAPTURE THE HISTORIC HATCH OPENING LATER THAT DAY. AND FROM THERE CASSIDY WILL MOVE INTO HIS MIDDAY MEAL. THEN AROUND 8:25 A.M. CENTRAL TIME CASSIDY WILL BEGIN MONITORING THE APPROACH OF CREW DRAGON. AGAIN ANOTHER MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. HE’LL BE IN THE WORKSTATION ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AS CREW DRAGON BEGINS ITS APPROACH INITIATION BURN TO BRING IT BELOW THE STATION THEN IN FRONT OF THE STATION FOR THE FINAL APPROACH BEFORE DOCKING. ONCE THE HOOKS ARE DRIVEN TO FORM A HARD MATE BETWEEN CREW DRAGON AND THE STATION WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR 9:44 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, CASSIDY WILL THEN WORK IN TANDEM WITH BEHNKEN AND HURLEY TO EQUALIZE PRESSURE TO ENSURE THERE’S A TIGHT FIELD BETWEEN CREW DRAGON AND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BEFORE THEY OPEN THE HATCH TO GREET THEIR CREW MEMBERS WHO WILL BECOME MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION 63 CREW AT THE TIME THEY SLOPE THROUGH THE STATION’S HARMONY MODULE.AND WE CONTINUE TO HAVE ALL SYSTEMS A GO ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SO BACK TO HAWTHORNE FOR AN UPDATE FROM YOU GUYS. >> IT DOES SOUND GOOD OVER THERE. COURTNEY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT UPDATE. AND WE’LL COME BACK TO YOU SHORTLY TO SEE WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. BUT IN THE MEANTIME LET’S WILL YOUR HONOR A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT OUR TWO ASTRONAUTS ABOARD THE CREW DRAGON. DOUG HURLEY IS THE SPACECRAFT COMMANDER FOR THIS MISSION. HE PREVIOUSLY FLEW ON TWO SPACE SHUTTLE MISSIONS AS A PILOT ON AS WE DISCUSSED SPS135, THE FINAL SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT DOU HURLEY. [ APPLAUSE ] . >> IT’S A LIFE CHANGING PROCESS IN SO MANY WAYS TO FLY IN SPACE. IT’S JUST OVERWHELMING IN SOME RESPECTS. JUST THE SENSATION, THE RUMBLING, THE SHAKING, THE ACCELERATION, WHEN THE ENGINES SHUT OFF AND YOU GO FROM IN THE CASE OF THE SHUTTLE YOU GO FROM 3 G’S TO 0 G’S INSTANTANEOUSLY AND I REMEMBER THINKING WHAT JUST HAPPENED.TO SEE A ROCKET LAUNCH IN PERSON IS A PRETTY EMOTIONAL EVENT. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I SAW A SHUTTLE LAUNCH AND IT WAS AMAZING. AND THEN WHEN I SAW A SHUTTLE LAUNCH WITH MY WIFE ON IT, THAT IS QUITE THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. MY NAME IS DOUG HURLEY AND I’M THE SPACECRAFT COMMANDER FOR THE DEMO 2 MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE ARE DOING THE FIRST CREWED FLIGHT FOR NASA AND SPACEX. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THE DRAGON HAS A CREW ON BOARD AND SO THERE’S A MYRIAD OF OBJECTIVES WE WANT TO ACHIEVE FOR THIS MISSION. SPACEX HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR DESIGN AND ESSENTIALLY MAKING THIS VEHICLE WHAT IT IS.WHAT THE ASTRONAUTS BRING TO THE TABLE IS THE CREW VEHICLE INTERPHASE. WHAT WOULD WORK ON ORBIT, WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK ON ORBIT, WHAT WOULD DEFINITELY WORK. TO JUST HAVE THE ENTIRE INTEGRATED TEAM THAT’S GOING TO SUPPORT US GETTING TO AND FROM SPACE STATIONS, TALKING TOGETHER, WORKING THROUGH THE CHALLENGES THAT SIMULATORS TYPICALLY THROW AT YOU. IT WAS REALLY NEAT BEING PART OF IT. IT’S JUST BEEN AN INCREDIBLE UNDERTAKING TO SEE WHERE WE’VE COME JUST IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS THAT BOB AND I HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS AND TO BE SHORTLY FLYING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WITH THE CREW DRAGON.IT OVERWHELMS YOU TO THINK ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN SOME WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM HAVE TOUCHED THIS PROGRAM AND THIS VEHICLE TO GET US TO THIS POINT. AND WE ARE THE LUCKY ONES THAT GET TO FLY IT. BUT WE CERTAINLY NOT FOR ONE SECOND TAKE FOR GRANTED THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT THAT SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAD TO PUT INTO THIS TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL. >> DOUG PERSONALLY HE WORKS SO HARD. I MEAN THROUGH HIS ENTIRE LIFE TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.AS A TEST PILOT THIS WOULD BE A DREAM TO FLY IN A NEW VEHICLE. SO IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT HE GETS TO BE PART OF THIS MISSION, I’M JUST GLAD THAT HE’S SEEING HIS HARD WORK AND HIS DREAM COME TRUE FOR THAT. >> IT’S BEEN A LONG ROAD IN A LOT OF WAYS FOR NOT ONLY US BUT CERTAINLY FOR ALL OF THE FOLKS WHO WORK IN THE COMMERCIAL PROGRAM AND SPACEX IN OUR CASE JUST WORKING TO GET TO THIS POINT. IT’S BEEN A HUGE AMOUNT OF SACRIFICE AND TIME AWAY FROM HOME. BUT THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR ARE COMING TO FRUITION. >> NOW SITTING NEXT TO DOUG HURLEY INSIDE OF DRAGON IS NASA ASTRONAUT BOB BEHNKEN. HE IS THE JOINT OPERATIONS COMMANDER FOR DEMO-2. HE PREVIOUSLY FLEW ON TWO SHUTTLE MISSIONS, SPS123 AND SPS30. AND HE ALSO SERVED A TOUR AS

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