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05/30/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/30/2020 12:24

NASA's SpaceX Demo-2: Countdown on Schedule, Eyes on Weather

With about an hour and five minutes remaining until today's 3:22 p.m. EDT liftoff time, SpaceX Demo-2 launch countdown is proceeding according to schedule at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A weather update is coming up; although rain in the launch area has let up, some conditions are still 'no go,' including lightning, cumulus clouds and electric fields.

Here's a look at some of the major milestones still to come. (Times are shown in 'L-time' - minutes and seconds prior to launch time.)

-45:00 SpaceX Launch Director verifies 'go' for propellant load
-42:00 Crew access arm retracts
-37:00 Dragon launch escape system is armed
-35:00 RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading begins
-35:00 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
-16:00 2nd stage LOX loading begins
-07:00 Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
-05:00 Dragon transitions to internal power
-01:00 Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
-01:00 Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
-00:45 SpaceX Launch Director verifies 'go' for launch
-00:03 Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
-00:00 Falcon 9 liftoff