Interested in watching SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station? Don’t worry, we have you covered! In this blog post, we will tell you exactly how to watch it live on NASA TV and what time the launch is happening. We will also provide some background information about SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk. Finally, we will link you to other pages where you can find out more!
Their main objective was to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars. They are currently able to launch, land and re-fly their first stages , making them one of the first companies that mastered this technology. With the flight of the Falcon 9 , they became the first company ever to land a re-usable rocket on a drone ship at sea.
This was also their second attempt since their last landing failed . They were able to successfully recover two of three engines, but came in too hard and exploded when hitting the ocean surface. The third engine was enough for a successful landing.
The Dragon spacecraft is launched on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket . The first stage booster of the Falcon 9 takes the second stage and Dragon to an altitude of about 80km. They are separated here, with the second stage continuing to orbit while the first stage falls back towards Earth. After some time it re-enters the atmosphere and tries to land vertically on one of SpaceX’s drone ships.
The first stage rocket propels itself back towards its launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida where it initiates a re-entry burn . It then comes in for landing, doing only minor maneuvers using grid fins , but can safely use some of its fuel for landing.
Launch of the Falcon 9 rocket : 2:49 AM SpaceX’s live video coverage will start about 15 minutes before launch. While the first stage booster is doing its re-entry burn, you can watch everything on NASA TV . Dragon separation from the second stage : 9 minutes after launch Dragon successfully separates from the second stage. If all goes well, it will start a series of engine burns to catch up with the ISS .
SpaceX’s live video coverage on their web site will end about 15 minutes before launch. All of the coverage on NASA TV will be re-aired later as well as on their web site .
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will try to land on one of SpaceX’s drone ships called ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean about 370km from the launch site . If successful, it will be a significant step towards re-usability.