NASA Extends SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review Through Today

The NASA SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review will be concluded today.
Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA will continue its SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review today after the panel failed to conclude discussions late yesterday.

According to a May 21 post on the NASA commercial crew blog, the panel still had “a few topics remaining for discussion during the Flight Readiness Review and will continue those on Friday.”

NASA and SpaceX managers convened at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review late yesterday. The review is intended to be a thorough examination of the Crew Dragon and systems for the Demo-2 mission, and the readiness of the International Space Station Program and international partners to support the flight.

The review, which was kicked off at 22:00 UTC yesterday (May 21) was originally intended to be concluded that evening. However, the historic nature of the mission seems to have resulted in there being more to get through than originally planned.

It is currently unclear when today NASA and SpaceX managers will reconvene to complete the review. However, the agency has confirmed that it will conduct a news conference broadcast on NASA Television one hour after the review to announce the results.

If all goes well NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be the first Americans to launch from US soil in almost a decade. The pair are currently scheduled to board the Crew Dragon and blast off on their way to the International Space Station on May 27 at 20:33.

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