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UPDATE: They were forced to scrub at T-16:54 because of weather. They will try again in three days on May 30th, at 3:22 pm (Eastern). I will post the live stream here on Behind the Black late Friday night.
I have embedded below SpaceX’s live stream of the first manned Dragon mission, set to launch at 4:33 pm (Eastern). The stream begins at about 12:15 pm (Eastern). Feel free to watch as the day unfolds. Sadly, it is being managed by NASA, not SpaceX, and thus is filled with a lot of the agency’s fake hype.
I have also set it to remain at the top of the page until after the launch, or if it is scrubbed.
Below the fold I am also posting images captured, with some commentary.
The image above was grabbed while the astronauts were being buckled into their seats. While the camera lens is very wide angle which makes things seem larger, that the two assistants can be inside entirely, with no problems, even standing at times, illustrates how roomy the capsule is. It is built to carry four astronauts, so there is plenty of spare space with only two astronauts on board.
This image shows the Falcon 9 with Dragon against a cloudy sky, just after they had completed sealing the hatch and confirming communications with the crew on board. The weather situation continues to improve, but it remains the biggest issue that might scrub the launch.
They have begun fueling the rocket, have armed the abort system, and retracted the crew access arm, SpaceX’s cool jetway for giving astronauts access to Dragon on top of the Falcon 9, as shown in the above two pictures.
The weather also continues to improve, though it remains the biggest obstacle to launch, which is now less than 40 minutes away.
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