NASA astronaut Bob Behnken imitates a Team Dragon launch at SpaceX head office.


We may not get to see astronauts fly in a SpaceX Team Dragon up until next year, however preparations for that extremely expected test flight are underway, consisting of a current area style program.

OK, so there was no catwalk or runway strutting, however NASA did share a couple of pictures of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley going through their “suit-up treatments” just recently at SpaceX head office in Hawthorne, California.

We have actually seen this set prior to getting acquainted with the Team Dragon, however this time they wore their brand-new matches for a complete launch day dry run, consisting of SpaceX’s ground operators. The objective was to practice all the actions that will decrease prior to a Falcon 9 rocket moves the set from Kennedy Area Center in Florida to an ultimate docking with the International Spaceport Station.


Astronaut Doug Hurley matches up.


Inside the Team Dragon simulator, the group likewise went through a number of emergency situation circumstances.

Team Dragon is among 2 brand-new spacecraft, together with Boeing’s Starliner, that NASA has actually chosen for its Industrial Team program, The objective is to return human spaceflight launches to American soil for the very first time given that completion of the area shuttle bus period.

The Demo-2 objective to the spaceport station was at first slated to occur in July, however was pressed back after an empty Team Dragon took off throughout a ground test in April. An examination traced the incident to a leakage in the pressurization system and the very first crewed launch is now anticipated in2020