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that would be live here on c-span2. our coverage starts live at 4:30 a.m. eastern. you can follow that online at c-span.org or listen in on the life free c-span radio app. next up a portion of this morning's launch from nasa's kennedy space center in florida. >> we are now at t minus 34 minutes 30 seconds and county from crew dragons for lunch with astronauts and the first 42021. today begins the next six-month rotation mission to the international space station. the launch escape system is on which happened just before feeling began at t minus 35 minutes at the dragon capsule was loaded with propellants about a week and half ago just a few miles down the road of what we call dragon land and in order to fly dragon needs a few at the
oxidizer. i'll let you talk more about the fuel. >> we use mmh and nitrogen tetroxide or nto the oxidizer. together these propellants feed the engines that maneuver dragon on orbit as well as the eight super engines that would power the launch escape system in an abort scenario. >> and again now that the feeling is underway on falcon nine that means the eight super draco engines built directly into crew dragon are ready if needed to launch the capsule off of the falcon nine rocket in an instant should've been kind of of emergency associate with the rocket or the launch pad. a nasa space eckstein has trained extensively for exactly a type of contingency along with the department of defense, detachment three who does a fantastic job in the same scenarios. now over spacex headquarters in
hawthorne for operations update. john? >> we are counting down those final minutes and everything still looking good for falcon nine and dragon for an on-time launch just under 33 minutes from now. how can i did begin propeller loading just a couple minutes ago. we heard it. now the first and second stages of falcon nine are each loaded with two liquid propellants one is fuel that's loaded into the tank at the bottom of each stage. the other is an oxidizer that goes obviously into the tank at the top of each stage. the fuel that we used to power the engines is a refined kerosene called rp one, and the oxidizer loaded on each stage intensified liquid oxygen called locks. densa five means it does get much colder than typical for launch vehicles and it takes up less volumes. this allows us to get more oxidizer loaded onto the first and second stages. now to ignite the fuel and
oxidizer in the berlin rocket engine we use an ignition fluid called -- when that comes in contact with oxygen it burns. it gives off a green colored flight. once we have a plane going we get the kerosene fuel into the berlin chamber and the engine ramps up to full power. you might see the green flash just as the second stage engine ignites following stage separation. currently we have just begun the first stage fuel tankst is about right out a little under 10% full. the first stage is a bottom two-thirds of the vehicle you see on your screen, the white cylinder topped off by the black cylinder. that makes up the first stage. the top one-third underneath the dragon capsule is our second stage. at this time the second stage fuel tank is about 8% full. the fuel tank if you were to zoom in, that's where the nasa meatball logo is positioned. by the above but you can just
make out the red nasa worm logo and that's what the liquid oxygen tank is on the second stage, and there's a closer view. in addition to loading the fuel we are also loading oxygen, liquid oxygen onto the first stage. we won't start liquid oxygen loading on the second stage until t minus 26 minutes and 36. six. liquid oxygen will continue loading on postage into the last few minutes of the countdown. we use to pressurize the tanks in fight it as the propeller is pulled up by the berlin turbine pumps. on board you can see here and a close-up the astronauts are monitoring systems of the propeller is loaded into the falcon nine. the crew training in the simulator included playback of sand would record in the dragon capsule during recent flights so they can i get what all that hissing and popping and banging is from the bowels and the pressurizationnt systems.
the range continues to report no problems. there go to support launch and theoo weather also looks good. i mention t minus one hour breaking we call the fantastic. currently we don't have anything that we're tracking that could be of concern. with arn very small possibilityf a pop-up rain shower but nothing showing up so right now 29 minutes 40 seconds to go looks like we got good weather. as a reminder today we have instantaneous launch window. so at this point if we hear a hold for any reason we'll have to stand out and target our backup launch opportunity come in three days. so right now let's turn back over to jessese and gary for an overview of what's going to happen after the lift off of falcon nine. >> great news, john. for crew two the flight will take about .3 hours in the journey will be very similar to the trip crew-1 made in november last year. >> as a great key zero in just
about 29 minutes. the ground operations teams are doing a series of systems checks to make sure both dragon and falcon nine are ready for launch. look at life you of our teams at the cape as a proper for the top as we wait for the launch clock 201 or to give an overview of what the ascent portion of the mission will look like. >> winds we hit t0 and a successful launch occurs we watch falcon nine and dragon lift off from his book launch pad 300 9a and make their ascen. >> at about 50 seconds into the flight falcon nine engines will throttle up to help pass to the time of maximum dynamic pressure on the rocket or what we typically refer to as max q. it's worth noting once we get max q vehicle will be going supersonic. >> once we are through the time of maximum pressure we can throttle up our nine merlin engine skin and about two and half minute into flight we have a series of three events that will happen in rapid succession.
>> first is main engine cutoff. thisn is where all nine merlin engine shutoff in preparation for state separation which is our second event. this is where the first stage detaches from the second stage with the first is making its way back to earth through landing as the secretary of state continues on its journey with a 30 threat, ses one, or second stage engine start number one is where the engine lights up and propels the second stage along with our crew two astronauts to orbit. >> as a state to make heads towards its targeted drop offea orbit one will execute burns or to make its way back to us. the first is the introvert or three of the nine engines will reignite and shut down and this helps to slow the stage done in preparation for injury back into the upper part of the earth's atmosphere. >> while the first ages heading back to earth the second stage will cut off its one merlin engine that was a guide right after state separation for once this happens we wait for confirmation of a good orbital
insertion. >> about 90 seconds after dragon gets into orbit falcon nine the land back on earth with the landing but it's just a single engine burn powerful enough to bring the vehicles speed down rapidly in order to land on the drone ship about nine and half minutes into the mission. >> while falcon 91st stage is landing dragon is preparing to separate from the second stage. at t about three minutes after e second stage gets into orbit we should have a great view of dragon with its four person crew drifting away from the second stage. once dragon is a short distance of what it d will begin checking at its draco maneuvering thrusters to make sure dragon continues to increase separation distance from the second stage. it's worth noting these are not the superdraco engines that would be used during and abort scenario. >> about 40 seconds after separation dragons nosecone sequence will begin and take roughly four minutes to unlatch and open exposing it to guidance navigation control that will help dragon autonomously fly to
the space station. >> and lastly want the nosecone is to put the remaining draco thrusters will be checked. from there over the next 23 plus hours dragon will be in its rendezvous and approach phases undergoing a number of days in burns as it makes its way to station. all of. that will be coming up soon. foron now let's check back in wh courtney in mission control houston. courtney? >> thanks. in houston is focused and the critical systems on the station continue to function. from the ground who are constellation documentation satellites to the station. everything is nominal and the station will be ready to receive dragon tomorrow. once the crew arrives at the station bill or jointon expeditn 65 per while imports their official designation will be flight engineers extent for akihiko hoshide. just before crew-1 comes home.
he will be the station commander until the fall when he will hand the reins to europeans face agency for the final part of their mission. flight director paul tonya is on controls in houston for launch a flight director scott server will lead teams for dr. doc. a reminder launched and it will take for 23 and half hours to get to station with a docking tomorrow at 14 a.m. central. once dragon is docked to the station the team in use and will assist dragon space station astronauts weekly checks as a work to open hatches above the dragon and insight of the stations pressurize main adapter. we ask that hatch open opeh spots with two hours after docking.ro that's for it for us here in houston. i will sendd it back to the team in florida. >> thanks, courtney. you are looking live at the falcon nine rocket as spacex
crew dragon, and we can see liquid oxygen venting off the rocket. that is normal and expected. it is now t t minus 23 minute0 seconds50 and counting from the third astronaut launch from t u. soil in the past year, and the first with two international partners aboard, commander shane kimbrough, pilot megan mcarthur and specialist akihiko hoshide and hiroshi sasaki are strapped inn a seat inside. we can see them live as the falcon nine rocket fueling operation is well underway now. the large estate system is armed that means the crew dragon is prepared to launch itself away from the falcon nine rocket in case of emergency on the pad or after liftoff. so far operations look and sound as expected and we're counting down to lift off at 5:49 eastern time. i this mission is the continuation
of rotational crew flights to the international space station from u.s. soil on private rockets and spacecraft. this would not have been possible without the success of the nasa/spacex demo two test flight last year and a safe delivery of the crew went astronauts to the s space statin last fall for a long duration mission. those crew went astronauts are preparing to return to earth shortly after crew two arrives at station. >> doesn't be the first time we'll see two crew dragon talk to the space station at the same time. crew once resilient and crew two endeavor is on the launchpad right now. of the crew two team, i believe, that will be bring the head count on station to 11 people. and as much i love camping, that does sound like it would be a little crowd up there. >> yeah. you know, you counted 11 people onboard. nine of them in the u.s.
segment. we got four cruise bedrooms. we got both commanders of the we have both command of the dragon sleeping in the vehicles. that leaves three people needing a place to sleep. they will be in the columbus and you could say it's quite a full house. they will be camping out rolling up their sleeping bags up front. it will be tight. >> what a great benefit to being commander. you have your own private suite. >> with windows. yes, it's a nice place to be. >> that's honestly the window shots that we have been receiving from the crib and one of my favorite things from the crew-1 team up there and even bob and doug when they were up there as well just that you outside of the crew dragon window, it's my own background right now and it's just incredible and i love that we get, that they share their perspective with us from above.
>> lets give you a quick recap of who the astronauts are sitting inside the capsule here in the foreground sitting closest to the front of your screen is commander shane kimbrough. he is commending thehe crew dran endeavor today and he is an native of texas t making his thd trip to space. the retired u.s. army colonel first launched aboard the space shuttle endeavor on sts-1 26. then aboard a russian soyuz spacecraft for expeditions 49 and 50. he has spent a total of 189 days in space and perform six spacewalks. >> pilot megan mcarthur will be making her second trip to space that refers to s the space station. she was born in -- she was born in honolulun that considers california her home state. she served as a mission specialist aboard space shuttle atlantis on sts 125, the final servicing mission of the hubble
space telescope. she operate the shuttle robotic arm over the course of 12 days and 21 hours capturing the telescope and maneuvering the crew members throughout five spacewalks. >> and mission specialist akihiko hoshide is embarking on his third spaceflight today. the jaxa asked of him tokyu previously on sts-1 24 above the space shuttle discovery to deliver and install japan's science laboratory picky to aboard the russian soyuz on expeditions 32 and 334124 day visit to the space station. >> and in the far corner of your screen is mission specialist thomas pesquet. munich is second trip to space. born in france, he firstly to space on the russian soyuz as a flight engineer for expeditions 50 and 51 pick in the time you he worked on moree than 50 differet experiments and perform to make
spacewalks to maintain the space station. he has logged 197 days in space. he will be the first european to flight in crew dragon and don't be the first launched him him for expeditions we heard a call out during the file that is a state we had a really special treatment with efficient you ccp studio.
i mean really,hi really cold. we're talking negative 336 degrees. of course whenever it comes into and be in error, it will turn into -- there we just heard the call o out that the load has jut begun. >> so the mission team that we seem to control ransom in the space center to houston to hawthorne are all laser focused on keeping this crew safe from this point and all the way to the space stationk and back home in six months. we hadad a chance to ask about their mindset right now from a
couple of their leaders. >> there's a very delicate dance between the weather. normally the weather and operations and making sure all these complex systems are working correctly together and what is really important is just how calmly, quietly come efficiently the team is working through every single one of those things. it's why we trade. >> people are very passionate about this broken as mi and they know the consequences of what they're doing. they know the crews lives depend on what they're doing. this human spaceflight endeavor requires diligence everyday on the job editing our team knows that. >> i definitely feel like those crew members are in our hands and we need to be there thinking straight, making sure we are making the right decisions so that we're getting that crew safely to the international space station.
>> that was kathy lueders and steve stich who have been in charge of of the nasa team fh of the life of the commercial crew program and have worked very closely with the folks on the space x side with gotten to know these astronauts on a personal level and have taken such care in all of the checkouts and the paranoia reviews as they're called to make sure they are constantly looking for problems to uncover to make sure that every stone is overturned to make this light as safe as possible for this crew. >> again, it is now keen minus 14 minutes and 15 seconds and counting. will be about one hour before sunrise here on florida's space coast and if we're lucky we may see a beautiful contrail at first light of the time of launch at 5:49:02 eastern time
the space station be flying 250 miles over the indian ocean south of sri lanka. now with t minus 15 minutes and 32nd well to focus on the pet as we proceed through the final stretch of the countdown will turn it over to hawthorne to take us through large at 5:49 a.m. john. >> we are inside t minus 14 minutes. everything is still looking good for launched the falcon nine and dragon, 49 minutes and two seconds after the hour. how can i began propellant load at t -35 minutes. loading of the rp one fuel onto stage two is complete. fuel voting is continued on the first stage we are over half and it will finish at t minus six minutes. densa fight liquid oxygen loading is continuing on the first stage and we began loading liquid oxygen onto the second stage a few minutes ago. the liquid oxygen loading will wrap up t minus three minutes on
the first stage, t -2 minutes on the second stage. check out of the thrust vector controls are coming up along with the throttle valve checkouts on the engines. that's what movie engines a little bit to make sure the hydraulics are ready to go. currently the range is go, ready to support, , working of issues and wee continue to have good weather both at the launchpad at ground level, att the upper altitude lens and downrange at the contingency landing sites. on the dragon spacecraft the dragon mission director and team are reporting no issues. their communication checkouts are complete. fcra axis arm is retracted as you see on your monitors away from the vehicle. the launch escape system is armed. the crew is strapped inpe and ready to go. final instructions to the quill becoming at t -10 minutes. they will configure their displays for large and that will give an insight into how large is proceeding and it provides
constant updates on vehicle health. for dragon at t minus five minutes we'll hear a turmoil count as ant condition to an internal power. we will hear a continued callout on the countdown as we get close to t minus zero and for the lift off. gary, we talked about the acid sequence of events coming up. you and jesse went through that a while ago but we will also have abort modes. can you explain about what the abort mode callouts are that we might hear? >> that's right, john. you continue to track the falcon nine an drag it are looking god for large pitches in case anything were to happen dragon is h fully prepared to initiate and abort and use superdraco and its escape from a speeding falcon nine. on the way uphill you hear a series of letter and number combinations. those will denote the stage of the rocket is on and the abort zone that we are on as well. on first digital abort zones anb. that will cover the falcon nine
specific to about the northern border of north carolina, about seven and a half, eight miles in altitude and the stage 21 a through the mostly it will be stage a, or stage to a abort zone but towards the end of the six minutes you will hear the number start going out from the to be with the being abort to orbit. all of these capabilities enable on the dragon spacecraft to make sure the crew would be delivered safely into orbit. inside ten minutes and 30 seconds we should be hearing the final status, maybe a good luck and godspeed from some of the ground teams here ensuring that the crew is ready to go. that's how can i dragon and all support teams are ready for launch.
dragon, space x, configured for launch. >> displays are configured for launch. >> space x copies. we are thrilled to have crew on board endeavor once againr and truly honored to have you all at the helm. it's beenn a pleasure training alongside a give ahead of this historic launch. we g wish you a great mission. good luck and enjoy the ride. >> thank you, chad, frank and all the team. ready for this mission. i want to say a special thank you to family and friends, we are incredibly grateful for your support and sacrifice during our training at her upcoming flight. our crew is flying from nasa, houston and jaxa which has happened in over 40. >> were happy to it represent
our nation's and all of humanity. off the earth come for the earth, endeavor is ready to go. >> all right. some celebratory handshakes from inside the crew dragon. that was the voice of chad healy here in mission control hawthorne. next series of events will be the engine chill. everything is looking good so far. >> it is. we are watching the fuel trim the bowels on the merlin one inches going to somee checkouts right now. as you said at t minus seven minutes we will start a sequence of events that begins with opening the pre-vowels. the liquid oxygen the kerosene fuel on the falcon 91st and second stage is separate from the merlin engines. t -7 minutes just over minutes e for now we open the pre-files and that allows propellant down to the top of the new engine.
at the same time we open up the valves on the turbo pumps and that a little bit of that densa fight ultracold liquid oxygen to flow through the pump and to chill down the liquid oxygen pump. that way when we get to t minus two seconds and we spent the pumps up and everything comes to full power we are not pulling very cold liquid oxygen through a warm pump. as it cools it down right now that will get it ready for that ignition sequence in the last couple of seconds. we should hear that call out that stage one inch in july started. you also hear in flight about a minute and half, two minutes into flight she'll has begun. that's a repeat sequence there will be open the valve and begin chilling the engine one more time before allies after stage separation. >> now we are waiting to see the pre-valves, open and the chill
begin. >> stage one engine chill has started. >> and there's the callout. we've got indication pre-valves, open on the engines, and we have begun to chill the merlin engines for flight. >> that's right. inside six minutes 40 seconds. rp one kerosene is completely filled in the second stage. where it is paid about 30 more seconds for the first states to be completely filled with that rp onele refined kerosene. liquid oxygen will continue to flow through the first and second stages up to the final minutes before key zero. >> confirmation where 100% fill of rp one of both the first and
second stages, six minutes to go and tell instantaneous launch window today. the next milestone will be dragon to transition to configure for terminal count. terminal count the dragon will be on internal power, no longer would like on the from the ground and from there the falcon nine propellant tanks will pressurize for strong back retractor that will bee another visual milestone. the clamps just below the dragons pressurize trouble open and it will tilt back just two degrees and right after lift off back to 45 degrees. again rp-1 kerosene both on the first and second stages. liquid oxygen continues to flow through on the first and second stages. i very dense fight, very cold liquid oxygen.
>> dragon has transitioned. falcon nine propellant tanks are pressurizing. >> good calls and right on time. dragon is not on internal power. >> next major event coming up is going to be opening the clamp arms around the second stage in preparation for retracting the strong back away from the vehicle to get ready for lift off. >> strong back is retracting. >> we heard the call out strong back is beginning to attract. we're in the automated sequence. we should see the clamp arms that are just visible around the top of the second stage begin to open up. once they are open then the strong back will begin to move away from the falcon nine.
>> watching the sequence, a nice view from up top. the arms are opening. we are beginning to recline away from the falcon nine. we will move the strong back to decrease from the falcon nine and and i will get it ready for liftoff and at t0 when the flight computer commands liftoff, the hydraulics on the strong back for polo to position 45° away five degrees away from the falcon nine hitting it to clearance for launch. so right now the strong back is moving away. everything proceeding nominally. >> it's great to hear, john, we are anxious and waiting the liquid oxygen complete on the first stage. we should hear that call very
shortly. >> dragon has transitioned to terminal count and is on internal power. stage one lox load is complete. >> we have heard the callout. stage one lox load is complete. we are loading liquid oxygen on the second state for about another 30 seconds or so. once we get the liquid oxygen load complete on the second stage the propellant line that runs up the t side of the strong back the casee liquid oxygen wil bend the line down to make sure the still liquid in it. we open the valves on the strong back and as we were talking earlier, when we fed off that very cold gaseous oxygen, it will merge with the warm humid
florida air and you get a large white plume of condensation off of the back of the strong back. that will be normal coming about a minute and half before launch. everything continue to look -- >> lox load is complete. dragon is an auto. >> with that the falcon nine is fully fueled. we have fuel about the first and second stages and both stages are filled with liquid oxygen. >> expect loud venting. dragon is also an auto idle. the flight computers on dragon maintaining their calculation. standing by waiting for the key zero mark. one minute 15 seconds until launch. the one minute mark draggable transition to countdown and the flight termination system will arm the computer on falcon nine we will be talking to the computers on dragon can issue an
abort if necessary. >> sts is on. falcon nine is anow startup ands now controlled. >> dragon is an countdown. >> fifty seconds to go. everything is ready for i an on-time launch today. dragon, spacex go for launch. >> copy. go for launch. >> ground teams are ready and the crew inside dragging is ready. 30 seconds to go into launch. >> t minus 15 seconds. ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one.
>> and lift off. >> copy. >> endeavor launches once again, four astronauts from three countries on crew two making their way to the one and only international space station. pitching downrange, nine engines on the first stage. hearing good calls from first stage performance so far. >> with rt +30 seconds into the second rotational cremation on border dragon and falcon nine. daca nine will be throttling down the nine merlin engines shortly here in preparation for maximum dynamic pressure. there's the callout for the throttle down. maximum dynamic pressure max q is a large structural load so
throttling down -- helps pass through this period which will be coming up shortly. the callout which is passed through max q. >> stage one throttle up. >> copy, one bravo. >> one bravo is a second abort mode on the first stage. first aid continues to fire for two minutes and 35 seconds. one and a half minutes into today's flight. >> falcon nine now traveling at 1500 miles an hour. >> engine chill started.
>> the engine chill for the second stage single merlin engine has started. 30 more seconds of the first stage firing to bring our astronauts into orbit. >> from here coming up in about 20 seconds will have three major milestones. we will have shut down of the nine merlin engines. we are beginning to throttle them down it will then get space preparation and then we will get a nation of the second stage engine to propel into orbit. >> copy, two alpha. [applause]
>> we have ignition of the second stage. the expansion nozzle on the second stage of merlin vacuum glowing thatng bright red would like to see. good performance on the second stage so far. >> on the left side of your screen we saw the exhaust of the second stage engine streaming past the first stage as a grid fins or come up and we had a view of the lights of central florida in the background. currently the first stage is continuing to coast up. it's will reach a peak heights and began to descend back down towards the earth's atmosphere where it will light three engines to slow debt and preparation for what will be landing of the drone ship in the atlantic ocean. you can see the grid fins are deployed right now. the first stage pulsing the thrusters. >> copy. >> we hear a call from a crew,
nominal trajectory. we're beginning tost move the first taking to position so he can do the entry burn. >> four minutes and 15 seconds intose today's flight. second stage propellant our astronauts at the e eastern seaboard will continue to fire at the six minute burn to deliver the astronauts into orbit. meanwhile we will be hearing chickens on the vehicles trajectory and performance as well as check in with some of the around stations as it passes over throughout the six minutes of the second stage firing. >> dragon spacek trajectory nominal. >> copy. nominal trajectories.
>> good views of both the first and second stage from the onboard cameras. >> the tracking station has acquired the second stage telemetry signal. meanwhile the first stage has reached apogee and as debbie getting descend from a height is going about 167 kilometers up and in humans we will get the entry burn of the second stage -- of the first stage. dragon spacex trajectory nominal. >> copy, nominal trajectory.
>> right on cue those check in on the second stage performance once a minute everything is looking good. >> stage propulsion is nominal. >> stage ii continues to climb. the vehicle not exceeding 8000 miles an hour atud an altitude of about 124 miles. >> just about one minute from now we will begin the entry burn of the first stage. double consist of lighting the center engine and shortly afterwards two more engines for a three engine burn to slow down the first stage in preparation for enteringin the earth's atmosphere. >> dragon spacex trajectory nominal. >> copy.
>> another check-in. the crew confirming their hearing the same thing, the vehicle exceeding about to exceed about 10,000 miles per hour. meanwhile first stage down at 9o be light three engines for the entry burn. >> stage two. >> we got the center engine ignition and there, the two site engines. this entry b burnn will last at 29ha seconds. it's going to specifically slow down the vehicle in preparation for hitting the denser part of the earth's atmosphere.
entry burn complete. we are down below 35 kilometers, continue to look good on the first stage heading to the atlantic ocean for a landing on the drone ship. >> less than a minute away from -- >> stage two in terminal guidance. >> shannon. >> copy, shen. >> shannon called out at the back end of stage two a few seconds before cutoff. >> shutdown.
>> dragon spacex launch escape system disarmed. >> launch escape system disarmed, copy. >> dragon spacex nominal orbit insertion. >> copy, nominal orbit insertion. >> the falcon 92nd stage has done its job delivering our crew. [applause] >> you can hear the applause here in hawthorne. waiting to get a a video back fm of course i still love you and the view from the camera we saw just briefly. news of the dragon trunk pics of the first stages on the ground ship successfully landed more poorly second stage is in a nominal orbit with the dragon
spacecraft getting ready for some important events coming up. >> that's right. about two more minutes the dragon and the second stage of the falcon nine will be in a coast phase. it will take that long until the spacecraft separates from the falcon nine. of course both now and a nominal orbit. great to see some of the views of the earth as it passes by over the north atlantic ocean. >> we are getting shot of the crew in orbit. i'm looking for the 0g indicator. can't see it in this shot but we
have a minute to go into we have spacecraft separation. dragon traveling at nearly 17,000 miles per hour and an altitude of 124 miles. again the four person crew of endeavor is in orbit right now. less than 30 seconds do we have spacecraft separation. ten seconds to spacecraft separation. we should hear words from the core here in mission control hawthorne onceon we have successful separation.
>> absolutely stunning views from both inside thehe cabin seeing the excitement of our crew insight endeavor in watching endeavor drift away from the camera on the second stage as the earth passes by on an orbital sunrise. >> spacex endeavor -- >> endeavor, you cut out a little bit. if the question is to go to open visors, you are go to open visors at this time. >> copy, and thanks. .. liftoff. the crew is in orbit, traveling nearly 17,000 miles per hour. >> well, gary, i don't know about you, but that was great countdown, everything sound great. rating on time. actual lay little ahead of time.
>> service checkouts. >> got a good orbit out of falcon 9 and we're in the front light over the atlantic association with the dragon spacecraft. all in all, a great day. >> i think that everybody is jealous of the crew in orbit right now, john, these views, even just from the cameras are stunning and it's great to see our crew members to get into orbit and they've performed successful checkouts of the dracos around dragon and the next step is the nose cone and they'll prepare them for checkout. there's a phase burn. there's five major burns needed to get the crew dragon up to rendezvous with the space station. so the first phase burn is
coming up in 35 minutes. actually less than 35 minutes. and onif you can see the zero g indicator, i was told it's a penguin. i'm trying to look for it. >> i'm looking for it, too. keep an eye out on the left-hand screen. >> meanwhile, the dragon is configured for a nose cone deployment. we'll stand by for when that sequence starts. the nose cone itself opens just beyond 90 degrees, about 105 degrees to expose the forward bulk head dracos four of the top of the dragon will do the
bulk of the work, and the engines minutes at a time to drag the speed altitude in phasing to catch up with the international space station again over the next 23 hours. we're getting camera views looking at that expansion nozzle. to deliver the crew into orbit. the dragon over the north atlantic ocean. >> and i thought i heard the first nose cone is open and sounds like that sequence is going well. >> very good. well, from here in hawthorne, it was very exciting to see the falcon 9 lift-off and deliver our four-person crew into orbit and we'll be with you throughout the entire phase, the rendezvous phase, when they
dock with the international space station, the next 23 hours, the major burns that are happening. i'm so jealous of marie and the group over there over at the kennedy space center, you actually got to see the launch and probably feel it as well. marie, what was that like? >> it was just spectacular and, you know, the sun hasn't come up yet here in florida, but, you know, we were able to turn around and see the launch right behind us and it lit up the sky just absolutely breathtaking. >> it was so -- it was so astounding to see the colors. i mean, it was not just your usual fireball, but there was pulsating towards the -- kate, you're much more eloquent describing that sequence and while you're doing that happy to help. >> it was so fun and knowing that those guys were enjoying the ride along with the sights that we got to see. >> yes. >> made all the difference. there's nothing more relieving
than crew in orbit. and of course, we were so lucky to have clear weather we are, being able to see the reentry burn as well. i was hoping we would be able to catch the landing burn, but unfortunately, clouds on the horizon did watch that view, but it was such a treat to see the reentry of that first stage as well. >> let's go over to jasmine to get some reaction. i think she's with the nasa administrator now. jasmine. >> thank you, marie. yes, i'm joined again here with steve, and thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> so, we just had the privilege of watching that spectacular launch in person. what was that like? >> watching a launch, particularly a human space launch will never get old for me. it's just thrilling to see the nine engines light up and lift off the pad and get to the main engine cut-off at separation and get the second phase
started and of course, pre-dawn launches are amazing and you know, we could see the vehicle pretty much through the entire trajectory, up to earth orbit, it was spectacular. >> it was stunning and the sun is just now starting to peek over the clouds here. do you have any final words of encouragement for our nasa team or our international partners? >> yeah, you know, partnerships are key to what we do, particularly in human space flight. our partnership with spacex has been tremendous, third launch in less than a year after almost a 10-year gap launching from american soil, american rockets and our partnership is critical and international partners, could not do this without them. a very international mission, two american astronauts, one
from easton and one from jackson, and in humankind that continues to amaze me how well we work together in doing the research and technology on iss and i'm just so grateful for the nasa spacex team for their hard work in getting this third launch off, the crew 2 launch and looking forward to docking and hatch opening and welcoming ceremony and the crew return on the 28th. >> right, right, still a lot of action going on at the station right now. as you mentioned the next big milestone for crew 2 will be docking at the station. where are you be? >> i'm going to stay the kennedy space center up to the docking and then participate in the welcoming ceremony with my counterparts from issa, and the president of jaxa, and welcome
the crew 2 to the iss. >> kennedy is the police to be right now. do you have any final remarks you want to share today? >> hey, i'm just, again, i'm just so proud of the team. i'm so proud of what this team has been able to accomplish over the past year, particularly. it's been especially challenging global pandemic and other challenges, and just the focus of the team to get these three crew launches off as well as launch perseverance. land perseverance, the first controlled power flight of a vehicle on another planet and generating oxygen from the atmosphere of mars and really looking forward to the core stage for sls getting here and moving forward to the first artemis run, orion. and much more accomplished in the year to come.
>> and absolutely, we've got a bright future here at nasa. and thank you, nasa administrator steve jurczyk for joining us today. >> thank you, shane, meghan, tomas, and they're going to be there tomorrow. we'll be along for the ride at the station though our coverage at kennedy space center is it concluding, we're going to turn it over to hawthorne and houston to take us through the next two phases of the crew 2 mission, through hatch opening and the welcoming ceremony for the crew. >> for those of you watching on-line on youtube, take a look at the description below the video and there you'll find the new link for the crew 2 rendezvous and coast phase. and live coverage will continue at that location shortly. if you're watching on nasa tv,
you won't miss a thing, coverage will continue. a post launch news conference 7:30, where nasa and spacex will take questions live. in addition to nasa tv. @nasa,@spacex and nasa.gov or updates. thank you for joining us on getting up early, early on the east coast and watching. here are highlights from the journey to orbit off the earth for the earth. >> we can see the astronauts, they're now working with spacex 2 technicians and the closeout team. that's our commander shane kimbro. there's meghan macarthur getting helped into her gloves and spacesuit and the mission specialist, tomas will make his second trip to space, but that's aki, having had a laugh
with some of the suit technicians. and shane kimbro, pilot meghan macarthur, and meghan blowing kisses and tomas and aki getting ready for the ride to the station. here they come crew 2 astronauts taking their first steps outside before their journey to space. [cheers and applause] i love this moment. they have the opportunity to wave goodbye and that looks like bob is there with the son of he and meghan macarthur. >> and departure on schedule. >> right, so we just heard that announcement that the crew has departed the operations and checkout building on schedule.
and we can see the astronauts inside the crew access arm. commander shane kimbro, there he is climbing inside crew dragon endeavor. ♪♪ they'll help the view members get buckled in. as you can see the side hatch has just been closed. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition, and lift-off. crew 2. >> endeavor launches once again, four astronauts from three countries on crew 2 making their way to the one and only international space station. pitching down range, the engines on the first stage with
billions of thrust, first stage performance so far. 30 seconds into the second rotational mission on falcon 9. >> on c-span2, our plan is to take you to a discussion to madeleine albright and diplomates and policy scholars on the future of afghanistan as the u.s. aims to withdraw troops by september 11th. they're a little late getting underway, we'll take you there live when they start, but until then we'll show you some washington journal. >> very good friday morning to you. you can go ahead and start calling in now. it's called hr51, the bill to make washington d.c. the 51st state provides voting rights in congress to washington d.c., some 700,000 residents.
it was yesterday on the house floor that d.c.'s non-voting delegate made her case for d.c. statehood. >> the constitution does not establish any prerequisites for statehood, population, commitment to democracy, the state of washington d.c. would meet each. d.c.'s population of 712,000 is larger than that of two states. d.c. pays more federal taxes per capita than any state and pays more federal taxes than 21 states of the union. d.c.'s gross domestic product is larger than 17 states, in 2016, 86% of d.c. residents voted for statehood. d.c. residents have been
petitioning for voting representation in congress and local autonomy for 220 years. congress has a choice. it can continue to exclude d.c. residents from the democratic process forcing them to watch from the sidelines as congress votes on federal and d.c. laws and treat them in the words of frederick douglas as aliens not citizens, but subjects, end quote. or it can live up to our nation's founding principles, join the 54% of americans, that is 54%. mr. speaker, and growing, who support d.c. statehood and pass hr-51. >> delegate eleanor holmes
norton, if washington d.c. would be a state, it would be called the washington douglas commonwealth and the rest of the washington d.c. becoming its own state. republicans speaking out against the measure on the house floor including from neighboring virginia, congressman bob goode. >> i rise in opposition for the democrats to increase power at the expense of longstanding american traditions and the constitution. sadly, this is not at all surprising. democrats made it clear that american institutions don't stand in their way of advancing their political agenda at all costs. they want to pack the supreme court, eliminate election integrity, defund the police and d.c. statehood is the next step. this is an unconstitutional power grab designed to give democrats more votes to pass their radical socialist agenda. as the majority leader said
it's about two senators not about principle. the district of columbia has served as a federal district over 200 years. the framers understood the importance of federal and state governments have separate authority and recognized that states would be ill-suited to house the federal government and this long before democrats make everything about race and now they want to grab two more votes in the senate. political advantage is no justification for policy that disregards precedent and the constitution, and therefore, i oppose this bill. >> congressman bob good of virginia. yesterday on the house floor, that was one of the last actions before the house off on a work of congressional recess and not back until may the 11th and this morning on the washington journal starting our three-hour program today getting your thoughts on d.c. statehood. if you support it 202-748-8000. oppose it 202-748-8001 and that
special line for d.c. residents, 202-748-8002. todd is up first early in moreno valley, california for those who oppose it, todd, good morning. >> good morning, thank you for taking my call. d.c. statewood would be unconstitutional. d.c. is a district, a city, you can't just arbitrarily make it a state and i don't understand why the residents of d.c. can't just vote, you know, as members of the state that they are in in elections. and that, also-- >> they're not in a state, they're in the district of columbia. you're talking proposal for representing in congress would essentially retrocede back to maryland? >> although it is a district, if it's in maryland, it's a
state, so, why can't the residents just be able to vote as members. state? >> you'd have to turn the district over to the state. d.c. not currently part of maryland. >> well, that's a fair compromise, seems let them vote as members of the state and without having d.c. as a state, that's like saying, lets turn los angeles into a city-state or something. let them vote without having, you know, going to that extreme of make it go a state because when is this going to stop? >> out in california, it was the 23rd amendment that provided voting representation in presidential elections to the residents of the district of columbia, but currently d.c. in congress has one nonvoting delegate in the house and
that's eleanor holmes norton you heard from. if the hr-51 is passed in the senate to become law, it would provide a voting representative and two for washington d.c. we're asking you. shaun from new jersey would. >> yes, i support it, but understand for lack of a better way of saying, republican don't want people to have direct representation. the caller before could not understand that people in d.c. can't vote for senators or other types of elected officials. and you're going to have callers that come in and say that, they don't want that, they're afraid of losing power or white power for lack of a better description, so, yes, i do support it. >> johnnie is next, south haven, michigan, good morning. >> yes, my personal opinion is that it's a power play for democrats to make one party system in the united states and
they've gone this agenda just started. i think it started with obama and now you're seeing biden put it in and the gentleman from new jersey that made a race thing out of it. it's not a race thing, you know, every time you hear this stuff is angers people from the midwest about that stuff and it's getting old. if it passes it passes, but my feeling if somebody people have a district in the united states and federal district, does it make a qualification for statehood? constitutionally it was designed for that purpose to avoid all that, thank you. >> that's johnnie in south maven, michigan. >> going through some of the secs of the constitution, the relevant provisions here on the federal city and the constitution having the requirement of a federal city, that is article 1, section 8. the congress shall have the power to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases
whatsoever over such a district, not exceeding 10 miles square as may by section of particular states and exception of congress become the seat of the government of united states and all places purchased by the consent of the legislation. state the same will be for the erection of force and magazines and arsenal and dock yards and that provision setting up a federal city. new states allowed to join the union, article 4 section 3 the provision on new states, may be admitted into the congress into this union, but know new state much shall be formed within another state or junction of two or more states or parts of states without the consent of the legislature of the states concerned as well as that of the congress. that two provisions, important provisions that have been talked about in this debate
over d.c. statehood and the 23rd amendment which we talked about as well. getting your thoughts on all of this this morning, setting aside the first hour for washington journal to hear from you, d.c. residents 202-748-8002 is that number. omar, from those who support. >> it's not just republican and democrat, it's just for the people of washington d.c. and i think we should support it. >> omar-- >> this opens the door for more states for the state of puerto rico and other states as well. do you think-- and do you think that would be a good thing? >> sure. puerto rico, yes, i think we should, and another thing, i think we should take the money out of politics because if we
take the money out of politics we'll see how many people will really fight for you. >> thanks, omar in new jersey. >> david, auburn, new york approaches the idea of d.c. statehood, go ahead. >> i just oppose that just on economic principles. seems every time that we have a problem, we want to make government larger, bigger, more powerful, and all we have to do is just look at the work force evolved in governing and the people that are not, in the private sector that would have to pay for this. you put more states in, you just get a larger, more expensive, more inefficient government, and that seems to be what their answer, every time they go to solve a problem it seems the solution, let's just make this bigger and you can't afford what you have