After observing SpaceX's Crew Dragonand surviving the review of a Pilot Readiness Review we are close to seeing with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket.
Space fans in the US have to stay up late to see the launch of the unmanned demo-1
NASA has scheduled the launch for 11:49. PT on Friday, March 1 (14:49 ET, Saturday, March 2) and the procedure will be broadcast live from 11 clock from NASA TV. PT on Friday evening. As of Wednesday, the forecast for the weekend looked good: forecasters predict an 80 percent chance of favorable weather.
Demo-1 will be a serious step forward for NASA's commercial crew program
NASA hopes to end its dependence on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. It has been bought aboard the Roscosmos capsules since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
While SpaceX Dragon cargo capsules flew to the International Space Station, the crew version is longer and heavier and designed for four astronauts.
This Crew Dragon test mission will carry crew material and equipment aboard. The capsule will remain docked to the ISS for five days before returning to the Atlantic for recovery.
NASA designated initial unscrewed test flights as "dress rehearsals for astronaut missions aboard vehicles." If Demo-1 runs well, NASA and SpaceX will be sending crew members to Crew Dragon in mid-2019.