SpaceX Dragon Mission Coverage Schedule

The second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) has been rescheduled for a liftoff on Saturday, May 19. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will occur from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 4:55 a.m. EDT.

NASA Television launch commentary from Cape Canaveral begins at 3:30 a.m.

During the flight, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including the capability to rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station (ISS). The primary objectives for the flight include a flyby of the space station at a distance of approximately 1.5 miles to validate the operation of sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe rendezvous and approach.

The spacecraft also will demonstrate the ability to abort the rendezvous. Once these capabilities are successfully proven, the Dragon will be cleared to berth with the space station.


Friday, May 18 (L-1 day): The pre-launch news conference for the NASA/SpaceX launch will be held at the Kennedy Press Site at 1 p.m.

NASA Television will provide live and streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the pre-launch news conference will be:

  • Phil McAlister, Acting Director, NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development
  • Alan Lindenmoyer, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
  • Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
  • Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): A post-launch news conference will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Audio of the launch and the pre-launch and post-launch news conferences also will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, directly accessible by dialing 321-867-1220, 1240, 1260 or 7135. The briefings will be streamed live on the agency’s website.


Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): NASA TV live coverage begins at 3:30 a.m. and concludes at approximately 5:30 a.m.

On launch day, “mission audio,” the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at 8 a.m. Launch information also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz, heard within Brevard County.


Monday, May 21 (Flight Day 3): Live coverage from NASA’s Johnson Space Center mission control in Houston as the Dragon spacecraft performs its flyby of ISS to test its systems begins at 2:30 a.m. and will continue until the Dragon passes out of the vicinity of the station.

A news briefing will be held following the activities.

Tuesday, May 22 (Flight Day 4): Live coverage of the rendezvous and berthing of the Dragon spacecraft to the station begins at 2 a.m. and will continue through the capture and berthing of the Dragon to the station’s Harmony node. A news briefing will be held once Dragon is secured to the ISS.

Wednesday, May 23: Live coverage of the hatch opening and entry of the Dragon spacecraft begins at 6 a.m. and will include a ceremony during which the ISS crew will mark the occasion.

Johnson also will provide live coverage of the departure and reentry of the Dragon spacecraft once a date is determined.

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For up-to-date SpaceX mission information and a schedule of NASA TV coverage, visit: