tv NASA Officials Hold SpaceX Crew Dragon Post Launch News Conference CSPAN May 31, 2020 6:03am-7:00am EDT
[applause] rick, rick scott. marco is here someplace. marco is a great governor, now a great senator. marco is here someplace. we appreciate everybody being here. this is a tremendous sight to see. i had no idea -- i said would you hear anything? we're quite a distance away. all of a sudden, you hear that roar. you wouldn't think that machine -- as big as it is, it looks small from here -- had that big of a power. or that vibration. but it is really something special. i'm going to be saying a few words inside, so we'll see you in a couple of minutes, ok? >> a few hours after the launch, spacex founder elon musk, nasa administrator jim bridenstine i and other nasa officials briefed reporters at the kennedy space
center. all said they were pleased with the flight. mr. brian stein leads off after introductions. good afternoon and welcome from kennedy space center. day.a we are here to discuss the nasa spacex mission and return of u.s. human spaceflight from u.s. soil to the international space station. the crew dragon spaceflight spacecraft and the falcon nine rocket lifted today from the launch complex. at 3:22 p.m. on and doug are now safely their way to the international space station. to talk more about this historic mission, we have a great panel of guests starting with nasa administrator, jim bridenstine. elon musk, kathy leaders,
kirk and ton, -- pass forrester. we start with opening comments and our presenters and then we will take your questions. we start with jim bridenstine. nasa and great day for spacex. what a great day for the united states of america. it is been nine years since we launched american astronauts from american soil and we of done it again. i want to be clear. the mission is not yet over. this is a test flight. we are at the beginning but so far, everything has performed very well and we were excited about the fact that bob and doug are safely on their way to orbit. sayst want to congratulations to the nasa team.
congratulations to kathy leaders who has been on the nasa side leading our commercial crew program all along. you and your team have done a marvelous job. and of course, it elon musk and your team at spacex. this launch represents the best of everything america has to offer but it also represents continuity of purpose. i think my predecessor as nasa administrator who got this program off the ground when there was not a lot of political support and now there is. but it is because we have had and thisfter success is an important milestone for the nation and i am so honored and grateful to have this brief moment in my life to be at the head of this agency. group of people that made all of this happened. thank you. >> thank you come administrator. next, elon musk.
elon: i would like to acknowledge the incredible work of the people at spacex and at and everyone in creating this technology. what has culminated in this incredible launch today getting astronauts back into orbit after a decade. i think this is something that should really get people right at the heart, anyone that has a spirit of exploration. the united states is a distillation of the spirit of exploration. appeals tostates everyone throughout the world with a spirit of exploration. emotionte overcome with i must say so it is hard to talk. it has been 18 years working towards this goal.
it is hard to believe it has happened. bring them back safely and repeat this mission and have this be a regular occurrence. there is a lot of work to do but it is just incredible. --hink this is something this is a craft made by humans. this is something that humanity should be proud of occurring on this day. >> next, kathy leaders. >> i was not really expecting this today. we woke up this morning and i think jim called me this morning and said -- what do you think? are we going to fly today? the 6:05 wake-up call.
[laughter] it -- i am jim said really proud of the team. we looked at the weather and it did not look great but we looked at the different options out there. and we realized how important it was for us to step through this carefully and weigh the readiness of the hardware. fever but tolaunch very carefully assess the situation and be able to clear the gates and the milestones along the way. did ae nasa-spacex team wonderful job for that. we are very grateful for the weather clearing one hour before the launch. all weather constraints were cleared on a day that we were not really sure how it would work out. area, we are very tough weather constraints.
elon have said, this is a test flight. bob and doug are already up there accomplishing a lot of our goals of the test mission. the demo, they got to feel what it is to use the touch screens at zero g. they got to check out all of the different parts of the system and liberate there is zero g indicator which i think you all have on order right now. and they have a lot more things -- they will get to try to sleep. i'm not sure how they will do that. and tomorrow morning, we will be a approaching space station and it will be some of the most important demonstrations that they will be able to work on about how do we safely dock with the international space station. ofm so grateful and proud our nasa and spacex team. they are still vigilant, we are
going to stay. i'm greatest day until bob and dog are docked to the international space station. we are going to stay vigilant until we bring them home. cochairman? >> what a great day for human spaceflight. they congratulations to elon musk and the spacex team and jim bridenstine i'm along with kathy leaders and the commercial cargo crew team. just a fantastic day. i'm happy to be a part of it. nott of the iss team could be here in florida today but i can tell you they were watching it virtually. they had a virtual launch watching party. they were very excited to see the launch as well.
and finally, our international partners. to get chance congratulations from many of my counterparts across the international space station partnership. they have been a big part of commercial crew and spacex .fforts along the way today, they were watching. i can tell you they are all very excited about having their crew members like in the near future on the dragon. today come on board the iss, the three crew members, chris the others are getting ready to have their additional crewmates on board. they are very excited. not be, i would surprised if they had something special cooked up for them. there is a lot of work to do at the iss. bob and doug and those in orbit are ready to get busy. what you saw today was really smooth. and quiet.
kind of like a duck on the water. it looks smooth and call on the water but there is a lot of paddling going on under the surface. tomorrow, we expect a very smooth and nominal activity tomorrow. there is a tremendous amount of effort on the part of the designer scum of the ops planners, operators and the crew to make that happen. smooth and nominal is really hard. with that come it has been a great day. happy to have bob and doug on their way to the international space station and looking forward to the rest of the test flight. >> and pat. >> i am very happy to be sitting post-launch press conference and that is not something you will hear me say very often. probably not as happy as bob and doug are right now but i am pretty happy. no doubt i have a group of
astronauts jumping up and down back in houston that are also happy because we promised them some flight assignments and -- weree sure to come sure to come once we got bob and doug up. i just wanted to say thanks to the team for being able to do that, to give these opportunities to our other crew members. i want you to know i have been living with bob and doug in our astronaut crew quarters for the last week plus and i have never and focusedso calm leading up to a launch in the way these to work. no doubt it has to do with their experience and training but i also think it has to do with the trust they have in the nasa team and the spacex team to get them safely to orbit. astronauts sometimes are referred to as heroes and no doubt bob and doug demonstrated
that today. but, this is the first time i have ever been in the flight control room as chief astronaut while we were trying to launch a crew and i will tell you, accepting risk on behalf of others is a big responsibility. and i was amazed at what was said, there as kirk was a lot of paddling underneath. i want everyone to know that we were surrounded by heroes on the ground that got us where we were today. i will sayi think thanks again for getting our crew safely to orbit. we look forward to seeing them. to the international space station tomorrow. >> thank you. today, we have media joining us remotely. they will be on the phone and watching on the television like everybody else. is toasking our report are asking our
reporters to ask one question. please state your name, affiliation, and whom you are directing your question two. our first question comes from miriam kramer. for elon ortion is the administrator. often been has referred to as a moment of hope for the nation. on the backdrop of protest today. what do you want to say to people out there protesting? is this launch for them also? this launch is all for america and we have had moments in time in american history where we have had challenges as a nation. andhink back to the 1960's we think about the vietnam war and the protests. we think about in the 1960's, the civil rights abuses and protests. we think about the height of the
cold war. and yes, we had this moment in time, july 20, 1969 when all of america stop. literally just stopped because we had american astronauts walking on the surface of the moon. and then we repeated that five more times. the apollo program eventually ended. but i think what is great about nasa is that we bring people together. everybody loves exploration. and it is not just political divides but international divides and it is unifying. and i would hope -- i think it happened today as a matter of fact. all of america stopped. i have seen some of the numbers. the amount of viewership on what we accomplished today was off the charts. and so i am hoping that people
can see this as something that is bright and hopeful and that people know that tomorrow is a new day and a better day and we are always going to strive to do better. thank you. our next question comes from jackie wattles from cnn. >> ui for doing this. this question is for e line. i was curious if you had heard from president trump yet and what he might have told you and what you might've said to him about this? one-on-oneot spoken with him. i just heard their press conference along with everyone else. we have not exchanged and a direct comments. >> we had a few moments in the firing room after the launch. that thel tell you president is excited. of course, he congratulated elon and the spacex team.
i thought it was a good moment. >> it was with a group of people. congratulated the spacex team and nasa and everyone involved. echo the nasa administrators comments. i think this is the day that everyone can be proud of. something that all of humanity can get excited about. it is just a fundamentally positive and good thing. i think we need more positive good things in this world. fromr next question is joey were that of reuters. roulette of reuters. >> have you heard from your russian counterparts? i know kirk mentioned the international partners reached
out to nasa. and for elon musk, with the success today for spacex, have you heard from your boeing counterparts? talked to my counterpart but i've seen his public comments. he was overwhelmingly congratulatory towards nasa and spacex and he made some comment about how it is like flying and iphone. i know i've made similar comments as well. but he did express that this is an exciting day not just for us but also for them. they believe in the partnership and so i think it will remain strong. >> the trampoline is working. [laughter] an inside joke. [laughter] fromr next question comes
marcia dunn. your company president said right before liftoff that she -- super nervous. stomach and throat. can you talk about your emotions to feelings leading up liftoff and especially making it to orbit safely. thank you very much. >> was that to me or to elon? think it was for elon. >> elon, please. >> could you repeat your question? >> yes. said right before liftoff that she had her stomach in her throat and she was super nervous. i want to know how you were feeling in the minutes leading up to liftoff today. your emotions having to watch this all unfold.
n: just speaking straight from the heart -- on wednesday during the first countdown my adrenaline was at 100%. was callede launch off, it went to 0%. it was probably the longest time i had slept for a year. oddly enough today, it felt like the fates were aligned. i did not feel nervous. it felt like it was going to work. and it felt like the right thing was going to happen. for whatever reason, i did not feel nervous. can i say something real quick? i got a moment -- i got a note moments ago -- doug hurley announced that the crew dragon is named in dev are and we look
forward to hearing from them in a few minutes. cool that they took it off automatic and they are manually flying the craft around. it has to be great fun. flying around space. >> everyone's childhood dream. next, we go to emory kelly from florida state. >> hello, folks. thank you for doing this. i was just wondering with this being the first time humans have had a chance to experience flying on a falcon nine and a crew dragon after all these years of them flying, have you gotten any input from bob and doug? is it a smooth ride? what was it like? >> i have not heard specifically on how it flies. i do know that we are going to hear from them soon. i don't know at what point that will take place. i don't know if you have that
specific information. it was a very smooth ride. you can see from the webcast that it looks quite smooth. a friend of mine that is a filmmaker says you need to put some shake into the camera to make it look more realistic. our next question will be from paul brinkman from upi. -- iwould like to ask elon realize the mission is not over but it is a significant achievement at this point. what is the impact of success for this program on spacex as a whole including the development of starship? it is a tremendous accomplishment for spacex in partnership with nasa. i think about the total number of people involved in this being
successful and it is probably up to 100,000. i would like to express a word of congratulations and appreciation again to everyone that helped make this successful. a special word to the administrator and to kathy and everyone involved -- wow. anyway. it is a little hard to process. i am struggling to come up with cohesive sentences that make sense. i think this is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilization on mars and life that will be interplanetary. multi-planetary
for the first time in the 4.5 billion year history of the earth. it will require a tremendous amount of innovation and technology development to make going to orbit and beyond orbit a routine matter. where thousands and ultimately millions of people can travel to other planets. that is what we really need to achieve over time. goal butis a difficult it is seemingly increasingly real with what happened today. but getting people to orbit if wey after 18 years -- are able to increase the rate of innovation, then life can become multi-planetary. that is what we are striving for.
from the nasa perspective, what this did for starship and others was to establish that this is a successful business model. ,hen we look at the resupply the commercial resupply of the international space station and the services program to deliver payloads to the surface of the mont -- moon and now for the first time we have funded a human landing system. we are proud that spacex will be a partner in that development program as well. not only do we have it funded but we have contractors under contract developing that human landing system. as far as how this relates to the artemis program and the moon to mars program i think the business model has proven itself very successful. we are bringing down costs and increasing access which will continue to happen as we on-ramp
more partners. encouraging spacex and others to bring more customers. nasa does not want to be the owner of the hardware. we also don't want to be the only customer. and with -- and when all of that materializes, i think what you is talking about here, this vision of humanity being able to live on the surface of the moon for long periods of time and eventually mars -- that is the eventuality of the business model we are currently developing. >> thank you. our next question is from chris davenport in the washington post. >> thank you, guys for taking my call. i appreciate it. and thanks, elon for the trampoline quote. that was classic. you put the window in the cargo of yours a symbol ambition to fly people. i wonder if you could talk about
how over these long years you kept your team focused on human spaceflight as the ultimate goal even though they have been working on so many other things along the way. thanks and congrats. yeah, the human spaceflight was always the fundamental goal of spacex. creating the technologies to make life sustainably multi-planetary. i cannot emphasize this enough -- this is what we must do. make life interplanetary. extend life beyond earth. we are life agents in this regard. all of the creatures -- we can bring them to other planets. we do so asant that soon as possible i think while
the window of opportunity is open. i call upon the public to support this goal and to think about this goal and how important it is. and how fundamental it is to the future. we have to get it done. launching satellites is nice of course. -- we have to bring in more money than we spend. this is important. but it is ultimately all about life beyond earth. >> we go to our next question. it is eric berger from rs techniquca. >> good afternoon, that was a hell of a thing to watch. a question for jim. it is been about a month since abouteeted about spacex
delivering. i wonder if you think it has delivered? thisave it to you to bring up. we are celebrating here a little bit. i want to make sure we are not celebrating too much until bob and doug get home safely but that is right. there was a time eight months ago as you mentioned when we were having challenges with dragontes, we had a crew that had a static fire test that ultimately resulted in its catastrophic loss and if you would have told me then that we would be right here today, i'm not sure i would've leaved it. and yes, i sent to a tweet and asked elon to deliver. and i will tell you and i will tell you the same thing i told the president and the vice president and said in a number of interviews. since that day elon musk and spacex have delivered on everything nasa has asked them
to deliver on and at a speed that we never would've guessed. sayingneering team was that this is not going to be able to be achieved in this amount of time. the amount of parachute tests we had to get done and how long it takes to get those tests done -- we got them all done. and we are overwhelmingly grateful not just for spacex and elon musk but also airborne and the nasa team that really went to work on getting all of these tests done. tinyhanging out the numeral -- and changing out the titanium and all of that took time and then the tests afterwards. my goodness, spacex really delivered something magnificent and that is speed. without question, i'm not sure anyone would've believed the speed with which spacex delivered and they did in fact deliver. >> caffe, would you like to add
anything to that? would you like to add anything to that? >> oh no. the spacex team and the nasa team together working hand in glove together solved these problems together. and we solvedm them to figure out how we could go fly together. but without the spacex folks making it happen so quickly, we would not be here today. >> thank you. , a question from the verge. >> i guess this is for anyone that can answer it. i wonder if there was anything unexpected during the launch today? i think i heard something on the live stream that some component was lower in temperature than expected. did everything go as planned or
were there any hiccups along the way? was i woulde count say spectacularly quiet. everybody said -- and then probably within -- as we were loading the prop, the only thing we saw was -- it was actually something we had seen when we were unloading on wednesday. reading sensor that was in a way that we had to go understand why was it reading in that particular manner and we also had to understand what can happen if it fails. and it was in an area where actually it is downstream. about how didore the teams work together in one of the things we have learned on this mission is how to take a
piece of data like a sensor data and understand what the data is telling us and then be able to clear it which is why we were able to fly. through our understanding of what the issue was and then turn that around in a short period of time. that takes two groups of folks that have been working together for a while and understand what the vehicle is trying to tell them. i thought -- oh my goodness, we are going to have this issue after all the weather stuff? and i was very impressed with how the joint teams together looked at the sensor come understood it and the phenomena and clear debt and continued on the count. irene from go to aviation week. >> that was super impressive to see. for kathy and maybe elon. what has to happen run this
point on for you to feel confident that august 30 or early september launch of the first post certification mission can happen? i am very proud of the spacex team for another reason. our crewally wanted one vehicle to get to checkouts which is where the vehicle was assembled. last night i got in the mail that said -- crew one vehicle is in prop one checkouts. they are going through and making sure the propulsion systems was operating -- were operating in a critical manner. that is the first thing, the vehicles have to be ready. we also have to make sure that one, we can read doc our demo to vehicle.
this is a test flight. we have to take our learning from the docking and role it into the readiness for crew one. we also have to make sure that we are understanding -- that we get through landing and make sure we are taking that understanding and any issues we have with the landing and role that into crew one. getting the vehicle ready and also watching the demonstration mission and making sure that our learning out of the test flight is rolled into how we will be flying crew one. keep watching along the way. a serial.e these test flights are very important for the next mission. question comes from [indiscernible] hello, this is jeff from
space news. were there any issues that you are watching on the crew dragon as they approach the space station that you are keeping your fingers crossed? the big thing -- the nice thing about us having this mission is we were able to check out a lot of the systems on the other mission that had to do with docking. i think everyone saw last spring how successful our demo one mission was through the docking phase. but you always learn something with spaceflight and now having their crew on board and understanding how the spacecraft and the crew operate as a system and then how that total system approachingly works
the station will be another big thing that we learn. and then, obviously, people forget and kirk alluded to it, is understanding how to be docked with station and operate within station is a big part of our learning. this is also our first long-duration mission. we will be doing integrated operations with the space system -- space station for a long will alsotime which be a huge opportunity for us. these test flights are very important for us to not only learn how the vehicle works but learn how we are operating it. we have learned a lot about how to try to fly with whether and operate with these -- with weather and how to operate with these systems. learn how to do the docking peace and also learn how to be a part of the integrated
enterprise that is the international space station. and kirk, you could probably add -- it is a complicated system. >> i promise good weather tomorrow. no rain showers. we did have a solar flare but i don't think that will impact our operations. there is a series of tests along the way just like demo one. doug will take over and fly manually and the crew on board will beon, bob and doug monitoring how the vehicle comes in. and chris cassidy onboard the iss will also be monitoring. how will the vehicle perform? and how will the integrated crew handle all of that? and you will i think the pressure and making sure there is no leaks once it is made it to the iss and finally, training the crew how to come across the hatch and how the iss works. there is a tremendous amount of things to learn along the way
and we have a very experienced crew on board the iss and a very experienced crew on the dragon. i'm sure it will go well but we will learn a few things along the way. >> our next question is from jacqui goddard from the times of london. >> hello, thank you and congratulations. you said last week that you had told bob and doug's two little boys you would do everything you can to bring them home safely. even with the safe launch out of the way, that must weigh on you throughout the mission and i wonder if you can share some personal insight into what it is like to have that personal responsibility -- not just with your spacex hats on but as a dad. home --ll, a really hit we have somebody's kids and the
vehicle that you are responsible for -- their lives are at stake and it really hits home. we still have to dock with the space station and we still have to return. return is more dangerous in some ways than the ascent. we cannot declare victory yet. we have to bring them home safely and do everything we can to minimize the risk of reentry and return. we were able to do that with the demo one vehicle. we were able to retire a lot of risk with that reentry. , anyway -- i'm getting
choked up here. up.getting choked i'm sorry, i'm not sure i can answer the question anymore than that. we will do everything we can to make sure they get home safely. >> our next question comes from marina karen. >> congratulations on the launch. this is for elon or jim, do bob and doug want to dock manually to the iss instead of letting dragon do that? are they allowed to do that? or can they only take over if there is an emergency? >> the plan is to have an automatic rendezvous and landing. if they had to do something manually, they could but we are planning to test automatic rendezvous and docking. i want to reiterate something
that elon talked about. there is no doubt that bob and doug are on elon's mind all the time but that is not just on his mind. he has made that throughout the culture at spacex. of thean assessment culture at spacex and it came back extremely strong. it is on the mind -- top and doug are on the minds of everybody all the way down to the line worker and all the way to the top. everybody at spacex knows what is at stake here. and i will tell you that i was very impressed with what i saw in that safety assessment that we conducted and i think all of our national team was impressed with that as well. it is not just elon but his halting and he has made that go all the way down to every person that works at spacex. "dads" call them the which may have something to do
with their age and i can say that because they are on orbit. it may be a few months before they come back and kicked me but they are called the d2 dads. >> we should have a dad joke or something. [laughter] to add to that because it plays back to an earlier question about how spacex stayed focused on human spaceflight coming out of cargo and i think part of that is a relationship that was built. recently come in the last year, i think it was 32 straight weeks that bob and doug were out at hawthorne with the spacex team and they have built a very close relationship. you can see it in the eyes and the smiles when they see each other and that goes a long way in this. >> i think what is really, really cool is that the part number for their seeds and their has their names in it.
i think elon, you have done a great job to personalize -- they are flying our crew. >> that culture is not easy to to get itd not easy through the whole organization. and the safety assessment we did indicates that is the case. >> but i think we would not have achieved this level of safety without the tremendous support from nasa and your team. nasa made us way better than we would have been and we could not even have gotten started without nasa so thank you very much for your support. >> let us celebrate safety when we get them home. fromr next question is afp. >> thank you very much. a question for elon musk. could you expand on the starship development on when you expect you will go around the moon? elon: [laughter]
i tend to be a little optimistic about schedules. >> [laughter] elon: [laughter] i am optimistic in general so i guess that expands to the schedules also. guesst know -- i mean, i i would wish that we could do it in two years. four.ight mean i think it is not out of the question that it could be two years. i would be surprised if it took more than four. >> ok. our next question is from dave mosher of business insider. for taking my question and congratulations on an amazing launch. you have been working for this moment for 18 years and have encountered some resistance along the way. i think even at nasa at one
point. what would you say to those that doubted spacex could do this? and your last conversation with bob and doug -- can you tell us what you talked about? you restate the first question? >> dave? >> you could not hear the question? >> could you repeat it plays? -- please? >> you have been working for this moment in 18 years and you have encountered a lot of resistance. what would you say to those that doubted spacex could do this? and what was your last conversation with bob and doug like? elon: do i have a message for those -- doubted? ok. i think i just blanked out the word "doubt."
[laughter] to be totally frank, i doubted us too. maybe we had a 10% chance of reaching orbit so to those of you that doubted us, i think you were probably right. told were times that i was because i was taking from paypal to create spacex and i ended up spending it all. it was not the intention. almost both companies went bankrupt. 2008 was a tough year. it took us four attempts. times people would tell me this joke -- how do you make --, and youune with
start with a small one is a punchline. i've already heard that joke. true --it almost came we just barely made it there, that fourth launch of falcon one. that was all the money we had. and that was not even enough to save the company. we also had to win the cargo contract. that came a little later or towards the end of 2008. those were the two key things wet saved spacex, otherwise would not of made it. would not have made it. i think for those doubters, they were probably correct. fate smiled on us forcefully and brought us to this day. >> and anything you could add about bob and doug before they
launched? >> i mentioned earlier that they were calm and focused. i think for both of them this was a chance to get back to space. they felt it was a privilege to represent nasa and the astronaut corps in this endeavor. and i guarantee you they will enjoy the art time on the international space station. chris joked with them when they did not get up the first time i think the administrator heard this that they were trying to get out of the weekend cleaning they do on the iss. they will be glad to get there and glad to come back. >> we will take our last question from space dock up. >> -- .com. congratulations on an amazing launch today. i'm wondering if you can talk about what else bob and doug will be doing now that they have completed their manual flight test? i heard they will be taking a
nap but what else is on the to do list between now and docking? fieldy did their far demo. as elon mentioned, they got to manually fly the vehicle. they will be doing another demonstration closer to space station. reasonforget that the doug topicked bob and fly this was because of their experience as test pilots. they developed the concept of the cadres have an experienced set of crew members working with the company's to make sure that they were able to help them as they were working through the designs and developing the systems. this is kind of cool because bob and doug get to fly the work they have been helping work and develop and figure out how it is
really working on orbit. get to dothing they -- the to be able to be ecosystem is working, they are seeing if things are cooling, how the seat feels the suit feels can you get in and out of the suits on orbit. how easy will those functions be? i'm not going to talk about the waste functions but that is kind of part of it. and obviously, how approach i know jim was able to use a simulator but now they have a big simulator with the international space station they will get to actually be able to come up to and dock and see how it works and matches. one of the things that is really -- how does the real
thing really approximate what you have been practicing on for the last few years? they now are going to be able to come back and for the next cruise they will be able to -- they will becrews, able to share with them how this felt and how it worked. they will be able to share that experience with the crew one crew that is now doing its training. they are performing a very important function for upcoming crews. >> and i can promise you that the hardest thing they will do tomorrow is when they are done flying is tomanual hand it back over to the computers and not dock it themselves because they are test pilots. to answer the earlier question, that is what they would enjoy doing. to give it back would be hard. really good at
teaching jim how to fly it. he helped you dock, right? >> he did help a lot. the last question? closing remarks for the administrator. >> this is a great day for the united states of america and it represents many years of work. a question came up earlier about doubters. and people did not believe that this could ever happen. there was a day when charlie bolden, my predecessor at nasa as administrator was trying to get this program off the ground in a significant way. and he had members of congress on both sides of the aisle in opposition to it and would not adequately fund it and ultimately gave him a hard time about it. and a marine corps general, charlie bolden persevered pushing through.
that was the beginning of what we all get to experience today. and so, i want to emphasize that. i also want to emphasize -- pat was talking about how pat -- bob and doug were joking earlier when i had the opportunity to be with them. last space shuttle mission got scrubbed five times before they finally launched on the six time. and bob is saying doug is the jinx and so they won't launch today either. and to see them lose like that -- pat you mentioned they were loose and joking and seemingly logic fun on the day of even though what they are doing is very serious. >> nerves of steel. >> these are just american heroes. want to make sure we are keeping them in mind.
and elon, spacex, and your team going back to what we talked about a few minutes ago. the fact that at spacex, you don't call them bob and doug but the dads. they are dads and keeping their safety is in the four most of your mind. this is really a great day for all of america. a great day for our country. it has been a long time, nine years since we have had the opportunity and of course, we and as you lawn said earlier, there are 10,000 people behind us that has made this happen. when you add up the suppliers and everyone come i think it is closer to 100,000. >> it really is a great day for the united states of america. for our international partners. remember, crew one will be an international mission.
we will have a japanese astronaut with us. we are very excited about that. i want to say congratulations to everybody. we are not celebrating yet. we will celebrate when they are home safely but we can breathe sighs of relief every step along the way and that is what we are doing today. congratulations to spacex and elon musk. congratulations to kathy leaders and the nasa team that got us to this position and we look forward to so many things ahead. >> that is going to wrap it up for us here at the kennedy space center. you can continue to watch our live coverage until the astronauts reaches the international space station. opening of the hatch. right after this broadcast, we we willn it over to jcs hear from bob and doug as they orbit the earth. we will have more information. go to nasa.gov.
spacex, go nasa, go bob and doug and go america! thank you. >> after taking off from the kennedy space center, the first manned mission to launch from u.s. soil since 2011, the spacex crew dragon is scheduled to dock at the international space station. it is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. eastern time. we will have live coverage of the docking process this morning online at c-span.org or you can listen on the free c-span radio app. >> this morning, author karen anderson brower talks about her five: theteam of presidents club in the age of trump." later, john malcolm looks at senate republicans'