SpX-DM1 vertical at LC-39A.
|Mission type||Test flight|
|Spacecraft type||Dragon 2|
|Dry mass||6,350 kg (14,000 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||March 2, 2019|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 Block 5|
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39A|
|Docking with ISS|
|Time docked||a few weeks (planned)|
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The spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedures with the International Space Station (ISS), remain docked for a few weeks, then conduct the full re-entry, splashdown and recovery steps to provide data requisite to subsequently qualify for flights transporting humans to the ISS. Life support systems will be monitored all along the test flight. The same capsule will be re-used later for an in-flight abort test.
It will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket contracted by NASA's commercial crew program. Initial plans hoped to see CCDev2 flights as early as 2015, and eventually DM1 was eventually slated for no earlier than December 2016, and then delayed several times throughout 2017 and into 2019. The first exact date was published by NASA in November 2018 to be January 17, 2019, but this got delayed to "no earlier than February". The static fire took place on January 24, 2019 and the launch date was set to February 23, 2019. By the end of January, the launch was delayed to NET March 2, 2019 according to a FCC filing by SpaceX for Dragon 2 capsule telemetry, tracking, and command .
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