Behnken and Hurley were among the first astronauts to begin working and training on SpaceX’s next-generation human space vehicle and were selected for their extensive test pilot and flight experience, including several missions on the space shuttle.
On this mission, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will don SpaceX’s spacesuits, be transported to the launch pad, and board SpaceX’s next-generation spacecraft.
Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will verify the vehicle is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays and control system, and the maneuvering thrusters, among other things.
Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station. Crew Dragon is designed to dock autonomously, but crew onboard the spacecraft and the Space Station will diligently monitor the performance of the spacecraft as it approaches and docks.
Crew Dragon will perform a series of phasing maneuvers to gradually approach and autonomously dock with the International Space Station on Thursday, May 28, at approximately 11:30 a.m. EDT.
At the conclusion of the mission, Behnken and Hurley will board Crew Dragon, which will then autonomously undock, depart the space station, and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.