NASA to Preview Crew Dragon Mission Today

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken practice extraction from a Crew Dragon capsule. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — With the first mission to return human spaceflight launches to American soil now targeted to lift off May 27, NASA will highlight the historic flight with a series of news conferences Friday, May 1, that will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s  website. In addition, NASA astronauts  Robert Behnken  and Douglas Hurley, who will serve as crew for the mission, will be available for remote interviews.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will host a trio of media briefings beginning at 11 a.m. EDT May 1, to preview NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission. The flight test with NASA astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The May 1 briefings and participants include (all times EDT):

11 a.m. – Commercial Crew and International Space Station overview news conference with the following participants:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Kathy Lueders, program manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Kirk Shireman, program manager, International Space Station Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

·      Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer, SpaceX

12:30 p.m. – Mission Overview news conference with the following participants:

  • Steve Stich, deputy manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Zeb Scoville, NASA Demo-2 flight director, Flight Operations Directorate, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Benji Reed, director of crew mission management, SpaceX

2 p.m. – Crew news conference with the following participants:

  • Astronaut Robert Behnken, joint operations commander, NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission
  • Astronaut Douglas Hurley, spacecraft commander, NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission

3:30 p.m. – Round-Robin interviews with the crew members:

  • Behnken and Hurley will be available for a limited number of remote interviews