Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:49 p.m. EST, from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A.
Beginning at 10 a.m. today, watch a briefing with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at Kennedy’s historic countdown clock. Participants are:
- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- Steve Dickson, administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana
- Hiroshi Sasaki, vice president and director general, JAXA’s Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
- NASA astronaut Jonny Kim
- NASA astronaut Sunita Williams
Later today, key managers and officials from NASA and SpaceX will convene for the Launch Readiness Review — the final planned review before the Crew-1 mission begins. A live prelaunch news conference (on NASA TV and the agency’s website) will follow, approximately one hour after the review ends, with the following participants:
- Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, Kennedy
- Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, Johnson
- Kirt Costello, chief scientist, International Space Station Program, Johnson
- Norm Knight, deputy manager, Flight Operations Directorate, Johnson
- Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
- Arlena Moses, launch weather officer, U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron
The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 70% chance of favorable weather conditions at the launch pad for liftoff of Crew-1 based on Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch weather criteria. The primary weather concerns for the launch area are cumulus clouds and flight through precipitation.
Teams also will monitor weather conditions both for the launch area and downrange.
Clouds Coverage Bases (feet) Tops (feet)
Cumulus Scattered 3,000 8,000
Weather/Visibility: Isolated showers/7 miles
Temperature: 78 degrees