Update: We’re continuing to provide live updates on how to watch the Space X launch, what you missed in the live stream, and some background information on the NASA astronauts and their mission.
The SpaceX launch is go for liftoff, with weather conditions seeming favorable. The official launch time, 4:33pm EDT (that’s 9:33pm BST for everyone in the UK), is just under an hour from now, and we have the launch live stream video embedded below.
Today’s historic SpaceX Demo-2 mission is happening at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s the first such launch on American soil in nearly a decade – since NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011. It’s also the first time that a SpaceX reusable spacecraft will be sending NASA astronauts into space.
The destination of this SpaceX launch? The International Space Station (ISS) for a one- to four-month duration for NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, according to our friends over at Space.com.
We, of course, have more questions answered. What time is the SpaceX launch live streaming starting in your region of the world? What’s happened so far that you’ve missed? And who are the lucky astronauts? We have all of that information below.
Here’s how to watch the SpaceX launch live stream:
SpaceX launch time
The official Demo-2 SpaceX launch time is 4:33pm EDT. Across the continental US, you’ll be able to see it at 3:33pm CDT / 2:33pm MDT / 1:33pm PDT. You may want to show up a couple of minutes ahead of time to take in the rocket while grounded.
The UK SpaceX launch time will be 21:33 BST. In addition to tuning into the video live stream, you should go outside and see if you can catch a glimpse of the SpaceX-built spacecraft in the sky at 21:50 BST.
Lots of people are asking about timings for tonight’s spacecraft sightings. For the UK:@Space_Station, 21:20 (look west, right of the moon)@SpaceX launch, 21:33 (watch here: https://t.co/Exgd0lIhx9), then about 21:50, it will be following the same path as the ISS over the UK. pic.twitter.com/ahx6Eph2QvMay 27, 2020
In Australia, it’ll already be Thursday, with the launch time occurring at 6:33am ACT. If today’s mission happens to be scrapped for any reason (weather was and still is a concern for this countdown), then the next possible day for a launch is Saturday.
How to watch the SpaceX launch
Live YouTube video is already up-and-running ahead of the launch time, with both the official NASA and SpaceX accounts offering a live stream of the preparations. You don’t have to tune into both – they’re offering the same content.
Earlier, we saw SpaceX founder Elon Musk visit suited-up astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, exchanging a few words before liftoff time. Musk then went to greet US Vice President Mike Pence, who is there to watch the launch. President Donald Trump joins soon after, while Hurley and Behnken traveled to the launch site in a Tesla Model X (Tesla being another company Musk founded).
The moment @SpaceX founder @elonmusk gives NASA’s @AstroBehnken & @Astro_Doug the keys to the Dragon 2. #SpaceLaunchLIVE #SpaceXDragon pic.twitter.com/nHb1uCVR9uMay 27, 2020
NASA continues to monitor the weather via data sensors around the launch site in an effort to get everything into ‘the green position’ on their maps. “The weather is trending in the right direction,” according to NASA.
So the countdown clock continues to click and things are actually said to be ahead of schedule. The crew is seated in the capsule after crossing the crew access arm and the crew arm has retracted.
SpaceX spacecraft, SpaceX suits and NASA astronauts
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are inside the Dragon capsule, which sits atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It’s situated on a launch pad at legendary Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida’s Cape Canaveral. LC-39A was originally built for the Apollo missions and remodeled for the Space Shuttle program.
Hurley (the spacecraft commander) and Behnken (the joint operations commander) are NASA astronauts, engineers and both former members of US military (Hurley is a former marine, while Behnken was in the US Air Force).
The two-man NASA crew is not only flying in a SpaceX-built craft, but also outfitted in SpaceX pressurized suits, first shown off in 2017.
Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon will lift off from Launch Complex 39A – the same place Saturn V launched humanity to the Moon and from where the first and final Space Shuttle missions lifted off pic.twitter.com/wOSsbCRqi7May 25, 2020
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