NASA and SpaceX are getting ready for the first crew mission since 2011. Both space agencies are planning to launch the Demo-2 mission in May this year. The aim of the mission is to send two astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station (ISS). In the mission, NASA will use SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
The launch will take place from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida with SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Both organizations are closely monitoring the outbreak of novel Coronavirus and might push the dates.
“NASA is proactively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it evolves,” NASA said in the advisory. “The agency will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agency’s chief health and medical officer and communicate any updates that may impact mission planning or media access, as they become available.”
Demo-2 is the second flight to the ISS for crew Dragon. In 2019, SpaceX launched an uncrewed test flight to the ISS called Demo-1. If everything goes as per plan, then SpaceX would start preparing for the crewed flights.