NASA has just cleared the SpaceX Demo-2 test flight, with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, for launch to the International Space Station on May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is going to be SpaceX’s final test flight of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, providing data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Demo-2 launch also marks the first orbital human spaceflight to depart from American soil since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in July 2011, as they’ve been using Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to get its astronauts to the ISS. SpaceX is currently preparing the hardware for the first rotational mission, which is set to happen after data from this mission is reviewed for NASA’s certification.
- Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. This space toy with astronaut figures lets you role play the many missions the Saturn V completed.
- The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module. Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy.
- After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands. The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space.
- Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
- This spaceship toy measures over 39-inches (100cm) high and 6-inches (17cm) in diameter. It includes 1,969 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older.
The Flight Readiness Review has concluded, and NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is cleared to proceed toward liftoff on the first crewed flight of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program,” said NASA.