On May 27, two astronauts will pilot SpaceX’s Demo-2 in what will be a first for commercial-built spacecraft.
In a first for SpaceX, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be the first astronauts to be launched into space in nine years on a Demo-2 spacecraft.
Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will travel to the International Space Station in the Crew Dragon rocket. All of this is happening as SpaceX founder Elon Musk commented on life in a “Fascist state” and that Coronavirus is causing “Forced Imprisonment”.
Despite Musk’s comments, the astronauts will be quarantined before the flight in order to save and protect them. In a commentary by SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell, “We had Bob and Doug here for training. We make sure that only essential staff are nearby. They wear masks and gloves. We clean the training center twice a day. ”
She continued, “We do much the same for our employees. We are nothing if our employees are not healthy and able to work with a clear mind and a healthy system. So we take temperatures. We wear masks in public spaces. We also take social distances. We have at least half of our technical staff working from home. ”
The launch will be televised on NASA TV and on their website. It will certainly be an event to watch.