WASHINGTON — NASA has given SpaceX approval to proceed with final preparations for the first commercial crew mission with astronauts on board, although there is still work to complete ahead of the planned May 27 launch.
NASA and SpaceX completed a flight readiness review (FRR) May 22 that lasted one and a half days. At the end of the review, agency leaders gave their approval to continue with plans for a May 27 launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on the Demo-2 mission, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board.
“We had a very successful flight readiness review, in that we did a thorough review of all of the systems and all the risks, and it was unanimous on the board that we are go for launch,” NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk, who led the review, said at a briefing at the Kennedy Space Center about an hour after its conclusion.
Jurczyk noted that the review ended with “no significant open issues” yet to resolve. “In the end it was a very, very clean review,” he said. However, there were extensive discussions on several topics.
“I think everybody in the room was very clear that now ...