SpaceX Dragon V2

SpaceX and NASA’s first experimental launch, called Demo-1, of Dragon V2, a commercial spaceship designed to fly astronauts into orbit, is scheduled to blast off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday at 2:49 a.m. ET from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The test capsule won’t have a crew on board, but it will transport a dummy in full gear and cargo to the the ISS. If this is a success, SpaceX may launch its first astronauts into space as soon as July. Read more for another video and additional information.

“Demo-1 is a flight test, it absolutely is, although we view it also as a real mission, a very critical mission. The ISS still has three people on board, and so this vehicle coming up to the ISS for the first time has to work. It has to work,” said Kirk Shireman, space station program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.