Crew 2, Dragon Endeavour and Falcon 9 Roll Out

Space Coast, FL – The Crew 2 launch by NASA and SpaceX is getting closer. This will be the second human operational mission by NASA and SpaceX since the Shuttle Program. On board Crew Dragon Endeavour will be NASA astronauts R. Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur. Also along for the ride JAXA Astronaut, Akihiko Hoshide and ESA Astronaut, Thomas Pesquet will be joining.

Crew Dragon Endeavour being mated to the Falcon 9
Crew Dragon Endeavour being mated to the Falcon 9 | Photo: NASA/SpaceX

Crew 2 Dragon Endeavour

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour, was lifted and mated to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This was done at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on April 13, 2021. Endeavour was transported to the Launch Complex 39A integration hangar on April 12. It previously made the trek from its processing facility at nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Crew Dragon suspended for integration to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
Crew Dragon suspended for integration to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket | Photo: NASA/SpaceX

Roll Out

Today, NASA and SpaceX rolled out the integrated spacecraft and space vehicle to LC-39A. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to preform a static fire test prior to the April 22 launch.

Crew Dragon “Endeavour,” atop Falcon 9 rocket, rolls out to Launch Complex 39A
Crew Dragon “Endeavour,” atop Falcon 9 rocket, rolls out to Launch Complex 39A ahead of Crew 2 | Photo: NASA/SpaceX

The launch is slated for April 22, 2021 at 0611 EDT (1011 UTC). After launch, the four astronauts of Crew 2 are scheduled to dock at the ISS roughly twenty-five hours later on April 25. You may find out more mission details here.

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