After watching SpaceX's Crew Dragonand survive the examination of a we are finally close to watching with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket this weekend.
Space fans in the United States will have to stay awake late to watch the unprepared Demo-1 mission take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA scheduled the launch at 23:49. PT on Friday, March 1st (2:49 pm ET on Saturday, March 2nd) and will broadcast the proceedings live on NASA TV as of 23:00. PT Friday night.
As of Thursday, the forecast seemed good for the weekend, with meteorologists predicting an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions.
Demo-1 will mark a serious step forward for NASA, which involves SpaceX and Boeing working on the launch of American ground astronauts.
NASA hopes to end its dependence on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He has been buying tours on Roscosmos capsules since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
While SpaceX has sent Dragon cargo capsules to the International Space Station, the crew version is longer and heavier and designed to accommodate four astronauts.
This crew dragon test mission will have on board supplies and crew equipment. The capsule will remain docked at the ISS for five days before returning to Earth to land in the Atlantic Ocean.
NASA has described the first unprepared test flights as "general rehearsals for missions with astronauts in vehicles". If Demo-1 goes well, NASA and SpaceX will be looking to send astronauts aboard Crew Dragon by mid-2019.