tv NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon Docks with International Space Station CSPAN May 31, 2020 2:17pm-3:13pm EDT
ein leads off after introductions. >> good afternoon and welcome from the space center. office ofnasa's communications. what a day. we are here to discuss the return of human spaceflight's on american soil to the international space station with the astronauts. the spacecraft and falcon 9 rocket lifted today from complex 309a at the center at 3:22 p.m. bob and are safely on the way to the international space station. to talk about this, we have a great panel of guests, starting with nasa administrator jim musk, then, elon manager of the crew program, and the major of the international space station, and the nasa she
foster not -- chief astronaut. we will first start with our nasa administrator jim bridenstine. nasa,t a great day for what a great day for spacex and the united states of america. it has been nine years since we have launched american astronauts from american soil and we have done it again. i want to be clear the mission is not yet over. we are at the beginning, but so far, everything has performed very, very well, and we are excited about the fact that bob and doug, our american heroes are safely in orbit and on the way to the international space station. congratulations to nasa team. congratulations for the leaders who have been on the nasa side leading our commercial crew program all along, and you and
your team have done an absolutely marvelous job. of course, elon musk and your team in spacex, this launch represents the best of everything that america has to offer. showso will -- it also the process, to my nasa administrator who got the program off the ground when there was not a lot of political support and now there is a lot of political support because there has been success after success, so this is an important round stone for the nation, and i am so honored and grateful to have really there's moment in my life to be at the head of this agency, so what an amazing group of people who made all of this happen. thank you, administrator. next, elon musk. >> i would like to, yeah, acknowledge the incredible work
nasa, people of spacex, culminated ins getting astros back to orbit -- astronauts back to orbit after almost a decade. this is something that should get people right in the heart of anyone who has the spirit of exploration. and i think this is something particularly important. it appeals to everyone throughout the world who has within them the spirit of exploration. i am really quite overcome with emotion this day, so it is hard to talk, frankly it has been 18 years were towards this goal, so it is hard to believe this has happened. of course, we need to bring them
back safely and repeat the mission and have this be a regular occurrence, so it is a lot of work to do, but it is incredible. craft made by humans, for humans. it is something that i think humanity should be excited about and proud of occurring on this day. think this is something that everyone , this is a craft made by humans, you know, for humans, like something, think, humanity should be excited about and proud of occurring on this day. >> thank you, elon. next, kathy. >> well, i was not really expecting this today, will tell you. we woke up this morning, think, jim, actually called me this morning and said, what do you think? what do you think? are we going to tried? with what do you think?
are you going to fly today. yeah 6:05 walk-up phone call. but, you know -- >> i didn't think you every slept? [laughter] >> but, but, i think i am, you know, jim stated. you think i was really proud of the team. the team sat there this morning. we looked at the weather, it didn't look great, but we looked at the different options that were out there and we realized how important it was for us to kind of step through this carefully and weigh the readiness of the hardware and then, you know, not have launch fever but to kaurfully access the situation and be able to clear gates and milestones along the which and nasa and spacex team did a fabulous job with that and i am very grateful for the weather clearing one hour before we were getting ready to launch, main, all weather constraints were cleared on a day we were not really sure how it was going to work out.
for both our abort track and our launch area, which we have very, very tough weather constraints. but like both jim and elon have said. this is a test flight. bob and doug are already up there accomplishing a lot of the goals of the test mission, you know, they got to do their demos shall they got to feel, now i, what it is like to be able to use the touch screens when you are in zero g. they got to be able to, you know, check out all the different parts of the system and, and, and liberate their zero g it can'tor which think you all have and probably have on order right now. and they have a lot more things, they are going to get to try to sleep, i a a.m. not sure how they are going to do that but they are going to try sleep then tomorrow morning, we'll be approaching space station and it will be some of the most important demonstrations that they will be able to work in on how do we safely check to
international spatial station. so i am so grateful and proud of our nasa and spacex team. they are still vigilant. they are still on done ul sill. 's stay. i will stay in the lcc this they get docked to the international space station because we are going to stay vigilant until we bring them safely home. very, very proud of this team. i cannot tell you how happy i am and amazed that we're here today. thank you. >> well, a a great day. very, very great day for human spaceflight. big congratulations to the elon musk than the spacex team and jim bridenstine and, and his leadership together with kathy and the commercial cargo and the crew team and just a fantastic day, really, really happy to be a part of it. a lot of the iss team couldn't be here in florida today, buy can tell you, they were watching it virtually.
they had a virtual launch watching party and and they were very excited to see the launch as well. and finally, our international partners i had a chance to get congratulationses from many of my counterparts across the partnership and they have been a big part of commercial crew and the spacex efforts along the way today they were watching in a can tell you, they are all excited about hague their crewmembers fly in the near future on the dragon and come up to international space station. today, onboard the iss the three crewmembers chris cassidy, ivan vagner and anatoly ivanishin are getting ready. they are very are excited, in fact i would be surprised if they don't have something special cookedp for them when they arrive. we look forward to that. there is lots of to work be den on iss i and i know bob and doug
together with the folks on orbit are really ready to get busy. you what saw today, hopefully what you saw today was really smooth. calm. it is like a duck on the water and looks smooth and calm but there is a lot of paddling going on underneath the surface. and you what will see tomorrow, lackly, we certainly expect very, very smooth and nominal and i want you to know, though, it us very, very dif as a result. tremendous amount of efficient on the part of the designer, the test engineers in terms of the planners and the operators and the drew make that happen so smooth and nominal is actually really, really hard. so, wait min mun. it has been a great day. very, very happy to have bob and doug on the way to the international space station and looking for toward the rest of the test flight. >> pat? >> i tell you, i am very happy to be sitting here in a post launch press conference, and that is not something you hear
me say very often. probably not as happy as bob and doug are right now. i am pretty happy and no doubted i have a group of astronauts jumping up and do in houston that with are happy, too, because we promised them some flight assignments and those are sure that come once we got be about and doug up and so i just wanted to just say thanks to the team for being able to do that and to give the tunes to our other crewmembers. i want you to know, that i have been libbing with bob and doug in the restaurant crew quarters here over the last week plus and never seen a crew so calm and focused leading up to arch as these two were. now no chute has to do with the experience. >> it do with the training buy think it is a demonstration of the trust that they had both in the nasa team and the spacex team to get them safely to or pitt.
this is the first time i have been in the flight control room as the chief astronaut while we were trying to launch a crew, in a will tell you, accepting risk on behalf of others is a big responsibility. is with amazed what was going on in the loops as kirk said. there was a lot of pad lung underneath and want everyone to know, we were surrounded by heros on the ground that got us to where we were today. with that, think i will say thanks gain forgetting our crew safely to orbit. we look forward to seeing them dock to the international space station tomorrow. >> thank you. so today we have media joining us remotely so they will be on the phone and watching on nasa television like everybody else. so to ensure as many people
asepsessable, our report remembers can ask one question to make sure that all of their colleagues have the opportunity to participate in this press conference. please state your name, afullation, whom you are direct your question to. the first question comes from mareiam kramer. report hi, thanks some of. this question is for elon or for the administrator or both. i was wondering, so this launch is often referred to as a moment of hope for the nation. the back drop of protest and demonstration around the country today, i wonder what you want to sti those people out there protesting this is launch for them, too? thanks. jim: will be happy to field it look, this launch is all for america. we have had moments in time in american history where we had challenges as nation. we think back to the 1960's.
we think billion the vietnam war and the protests. we think in the 19 60's the civil rights abuses and civil rights protests. we think about the height of the cold war and yet we have a moment in time, july 20th, 1969 when all of america stopp stopped, literally, just stopped because we had american astronauts walking on the surface of the moon. then, we repeated that five more times. the challenge is, the apollo program eventually ended but what i think is great about nasa is that we bring people together. everybody loves exploration. and it is not just political divides, it is also 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 1:00 i am hoping that poll can see this as something that is bright, hopeful, that people know tomorrow is a mu day, a better day, and we are going to strive do better. >> thank you. our next question comes from jackie waddles of cnn. reporter: thanks for did this. i was curious -- this question is for elon. if you had heard from president trump yet and what he might have told you whan you might have said to him about this. thanks so much. elon: well, i have not spoken one-on-one with him. i eventually heard the press conference along with everybody else. we have not exchanged any direct comments. jim: we had few moments in the firing room there after the
launch. i will tell you, yeah. the president is excited, pk, he congratulated elon in the spacex team, and i thought it was, a good moment. elon: yeah. with a w a group of people. jim: sure sure. elon: yes. he congratulated everyone involved, nasa, the spacex team, yeah, i think to echo the nas administrator ecomments, i think this is a day that is, i think, everyone can be proud of, it is a good day to be -- this even is something that all of humanity can get excited about. a fundamentally positive good thing. and you know, i think we need more positive good things as well. >> our next question is from joey of reuters. reporter: thank you for doing this. one question, two-part question,
first for jim bridenstine. have you heard from the russian counterparts? i know kirk mentioned that international partners reached out to nasa with the success and the others for elon musk and with spacex's success today. you have heard from the boeing counter parts and what would you sti them, thanks? jim: so dimitri is the head in russia. i have not talked to him. i have seen his public comments, of course, was overwhelmingly congratulatory toward nasa and spacex and he made some cop meant about how it is, it is like flying an iphone or something. i know i have made similar comments as well. but he does, he does, he decks press this is an exciting day, not just for us, but also for them. and they believe in the partnership, signed think it is going to remain strong. elon. the trampoline is working.
[laughter] it is inside joke. yeah. [laughter] >> our next question from marsha dunn. reporter: thanks. your company president said before liftoff she was super nervous. duke about how you were -- your emotions, feelings leading up to liftoff and especially seeing them make it to orbit safely. thank you very much. >> was this for me or elon? i think it was for elon. reporter: for elon, please. elon? >> spar, could you repeat the question? reporter: yes. elon, she said before liftoff, she had stomach in her throat and super nervous.
i would lake to know how you were feeling in the minutes leading up to liftoff today, your emotions, your feelings of having to stand there and watch that unfold. thank you. elon: well, i mean, just straight the heart, like wednesday, the first countdown, i would say that my adrenaline was 100%. when launch called off it went to 0%. i basically collapsed and slept for the longest time i have slept in a year. then oddly enough today, i think it was aligned. i didn't feel nervous. it felt like it was going to work and the right thing would happen. so for whatever reason i did not feel nervous. jim: can i say something real quick if. >> sure. jim: i got note moments ago,
doug hurley announced the crew dragon is named endeavor. elon. cool. jim: we are going to look forward to hearing from them shortly. elon: they have planning. it is cool, actually. they took it off automatic and manually flying the craft around. it has got to be pretty fun. zipping around space. you snow spacecraft. >> everyone's childhood dream. elon: yeah. >> next emery kell life florida today. reporter: hi. thanks for doing this. i appreciate. i am wondering with this being the first time humans have had a chance to experience flying on a falcon 9 and crew dragon after all of these years of them flying, you have gotten any input from bob and doug? is it a smooth ride? what was it like?
thank you. jim: i have not heard specifically as to how it flies. i do know we will hear from them soon. i don't know at what point that will take place, i don't know if you have that information? >> no. elon: i think a friend of mine who is a film maker said you need to puttic? the cram to make it look more realistic. [laughter] >> our next question is from paul of upi. reporter: yes. i would like to ask elon. i realize the mission is not over. it is significant achievement at this point. what is the impact of success for this program on spacex as whole? including development of starship? elon. well, think, obviously, an
accomplishment for spacex in partnership with nasa and number of critical spires in fact, think about the total number of people involved and make this mission successful adds up to 100,000 way so like to just express a word of appreciation and congratulations again to everyone involved in making this successful. and, actually, and just a special work to administrator kathy, just everyone involved, it is just, it is just -- wow. anyway -- it is that ready to process. to try come up with cohesive sentences that make any sense is quite difficult. i think the first step on a journey toward civilization on
mars and life based on the moon and expanded beyond and likely coming a multi planet. livesp! billioning multi planetary for the first time in the hust riff earth. hopefully this is the first step on that journey that will require tremendous amount of no innovation and technology development to make going to orbit and beyond orbit routine matter where thousands perhaps millions of people can travel to other planets. that base we need achieve over time. that is actually very difficult. that seems increasingly real with what happened today. geg people to orbit finally after 18 years.
then life can become multi lan tary. this is a goal we should strib for. jim:fully a nasa perspective what this did for starship and a lot of others is kind of established this is a successful business model and if we look at how we did commercial reresupply of the international and commercial crew of the international space station and the lunar payload service program to deliver payloads to the surface of the moon and now for the first time since 1972, we have funded a human landing system and of course, we are very proud that spacex is going to be a partner in that development program as well. we have contractors developing that human landing system so i think as far as how, how this relates to the artemis program and the noon mars program, i think, think the business model
has proven itself very successful. we're bring down costs. we're increasing access. that is going to ton happen. as we onramp more partners and of course as spacex and others go get more customers. nasa doesn't want to be the owner and operator of the hardware and don't want to be the only customer. we want spacex and others to get customers thats are not us. when all of that materializes, i think what elon is talking about here, this vision for humanity, being able to live on the surface of the moon for long periods of time, and eventually, on mars for long periods of time, that is, that this is eventuality of the business model that we are currently developing. >> the next question from chris davenport of the washington post. reporter: thanks, guys, for taking my call. thank you, elon, for the trampoline quote.
that was classic. elon, if i could ask you. you put the window in the cargo dragon as symbol of the ambition of flying people. i wonder if you could talk a little bit over how over the long years, you catch your team focused on human spaceflight as the ultimate goal even though they have been looking on other things along the way. thanks and congratses. elon: yeah. human spaceflight was always the goal, the fundamental goal of spacex. look i said, to create the technologies did or help create the technologies necessary to make life sustainably multi planetary. i cannot emphasize this enough. this is a thing we need do. we must take multi plannary. but to extend life beyond earth we a lav's agent in the regard and all the creaturance the
plants and everyone that pix on earth. we can bring them to other planets and very important we do as soon as possible i think while the within dove opportunity is open. the window of opportunity is open. i call upon the public to support this goal. to think about this goal. this about how important it is. how fundamental it is to the future. we got to get it done. the launching satellites is nice. of course. it keeps , bring in more money than we spend. this is important. it is ultimately all about life beyond earth. >> we'll away to the next question. city is eric burger. reporter: good afternoon. a was hell of a thing to watch. question for jim, today. it has been a little more than
eight months since you tweeted about spacex and it times deliver. just wondering if would you say they have delivered or not. and maybe do you have pessage for other contractors for nasa jim: leave it to you to bring this up. we are celebrating here a little bit. want to be careful we are not celebrating to much until bob and doug get home safely. but glob, that is right. i know, there was a time, it a months ago, as you mention, we were having challenges with parachutes. i know, we had a crew dragon that had static fire test that ultimately resulted in the catastrophic loss and, you know, if we would have told me then, we would be right here today, ii don't know i would have believed it. then, yes, i sent a tweet and asked elisten to deliver. i will tell you, i will tell you the same thing i told the president. i told the vice president stated in aum 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 have guessed. my engineering team was saying this is not going to be achieved in this amount of time. the amount of parachute tests we had to get done and how long it talks to get the parachute tests done. look. we got all the parachute tests done. we are just overwhelmingly grateful not just for spacex and elon musk but also airborne, and the nasa team, that really went to work on getting all the tests done and of course, all of the, ow, getting changes out the titanium, all of that took time, then doing all the test after that, my goodness, spacex really delivered something that is magnificent and that is speed. without question. i don't think anybody would have
believed the speed in which spacex delivered and they did, in fact, deliver. >> do you want to add anything to that? >> oh, no. i think jim stated well. we went through, it was not like we didn't have issues. we had things we had to solve, right? we have learned a ton. that team, the spacex team, the nasa team, together, working hand and glove, you know, towi towing, solves these problems together, right? we tackled them. we solved them. we figured out how we fly together. but without the spacex folks making it up and like jim said so quickly. we wouldn't here today. >> thank you. next is lauren. reporter: hi. thanks for take might question. i think this is for anyone who can answer it. am wondering if there is anything unexpected through
during the launch today? i think i heard something on the live stream about component being lower in temperature than expected just wondering if everything went as planned for you have any hick jubes along the way. thanks. >> the count was spectacularrite. everyone said, you know, then probably within, as we were loading the rop, the only thing we saw was we saw it was, it was actually something we have seen as we were unloading on wednesday. we had a sensor that was, that was reading in a way that we had to go under stand why was it reading in that particular manner. we also had to understand what can hap fit in fails and it was in an area where actually, we, it is downstream of the valve and so, it was, you know, jim
talked before about where did the teams how did they work together. one of things this we learned on the mission is to how to take a piece of data like a sensor data and understand what is that data telling as you and being able to clear it which is really why we were able to fly through the understanding of what the issue was, then, turn that around and in a very short period of time. what that takes is two groups of folks that have been working with each other for awhile and understand what the vehicle is trying to tem tell. but foy, i thought, oh my goodness shall we are going to have issue after going through the the weather stuff and now have this issue and i was very impressed with how the joint teams together looked at the sensor and understood it. understood the phenomenal and cleared it and continued on the count. >> next eye of aviation week.
reporter: thanks. that was super impressive to see. my question now is for kathy be a maybe for elon. what has to happen from this point on for you all to feel confident that august 30th or early september launch of the certification mission can happen, thanks. >> well, we wanted our streak get into prop checkouts, which is really where the spacecraft is aspemmed and kind of in one of the final acceptance testing modes last night i got e-mail that said crew one vehicle is in prop checkouts. they are going through. so making sure that the propulsion systems leaked tight and operating in a critical manner, so i tell, yous that you
the first thing. the vehicle has got to be ready. we need to make sure we dock the demo vehicle. that is test flight and making sure we take all the larning that we were going to have the docking and rolling into a readiness for crew one. make sure we get through landing then make sure we are taking that understanding and any issues we have with the landing and then rolling that into crew one. so our teams getting the vehicle ready and we are also watching the demonstration mission and making sure our learning out of this test flight is then rolled into how we're flying crew one 1:00 keep watching along the way and like, like, like say a cereal. your and following along as we
learn along the way. these test flights have very important for that next mission. >> next gre jeff. reporter: hi. this is space news. any issues you are particularly watching on the crew dragon as it approaches the space station? anything you will be particularly keeping your fingers crossed over the remanage hours up through docking? >> so you know, the big thing, the nice thing about us having the uncrew mission is we were able to check out a lot of systems on the uncrew mission that had to deal with dock and think everybody saw last spring how successful the dm know one mission was and went through the docking phase. but you also learn something on
spaceflight and now having the crew onbard and the how the crew operates as system then how that total system then obviously works with us approaching station will be another big thing that we're learning, right? thens only, how to dock with station and operate within station is a big part of the learning nor group. this is our first long duration mission, where we are going to be doing integrated operations with the space station for a long period of time which is which is also going t to be a huge learning opportunity for us. these tests flights are very, very important for us to not only learn how the vehicle works but how we're operating it and we learned a lot about how to try fly with weather and how to operate with these systems and it is going to be really
important for us now go learn how to obviously do the docking piece but then learn how to be a part of this integrated, you know, ber prize that is international space station and he could a add. it is very complicated system. >> sure. first of all, i promise good weather tomorrow, kathy. no rain showers. maybe a solar flare that won't impact the operations but a series of tests along the way just like on demo one, there us additional tests, of course, doug is going to talk over flying manually and the crew, the crew onboard the dragon bob and doug monitoring how the vehicle cops in and chris cassidy onboard the iss will also be monitoring it so it really is how is the vehicle sper form in than crow in this he drg on and craw on international space station handle that and in this of course equalizing the pressures making sure there is no leaks when it nice the iss and then finally, just training the drew
come across the hatch and how, how the iss works and be a part of that bigger team. so i think there is tremendous amount offing thises to learn along the way and we have very, very experienced crew onboard the iss and very, very experienced crew on dragon sanz in it will go well and i am sure we will learn a few things along the way. >> thank you. the next question from jackie goddard of the times of london. reporter: hello. congratulation. my question is for elon. 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. that must still weigh on you throughout the mission and i wondered if you could share some personal in sight into what it like to have that responsibility not just with your spacex but as a dad.
thank you. elon: well, it really hit home with the kids. the vehicle they are responsible, their lives are at stake. that really hits home. so you foe, there is still -- we still got dock with space station and still return. the return is more dangerous in some ways than the assent so we done want to declare victory yet we need to bring them home safely and make sure we're doing everything we can to minimize the risk of rein try and return and we were able to do that with the demo 1 vehicle so we were able to retire a lot of risk with the reen think.
that is a big deal. yeah. anyway. i get choked up here. it really -- yeah. i am getting choked up. sorry. i am not sure i can answer your question more than than. yeah. we'll do everything we can to make sure they get home safely. >> the next question comes from marina. reporter: hi everyone. may lean in with the atlantic. congratulations on the launch. this is for elon or jim. do bob and doug want to dock manually to the is sinn stead of letting dragon doubt. are they allowed or only take over if there is a problem or some kind of an emergency? jim. the plains for automatic rendezvous and docking. that this is plan. of course, they needed to do something manually. they could.
but we are planning to test out automatic ronde vau 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 throughout the culture at spacex. we did, we did assessment of the culture at spacex and it came back extremely strong. and it is on the minds, bob and doug are on the munds of everybody all the way down to the line worker and all the way to the top. everybody at spacex knows what, what is at stake here. i will tell you, i was very impressed with what i saw in that safety ac statements we conducted and i think all of our nasa team was impressed with it as well. it is not just elon. it is the whole team. he made that go all the way down
to every person that works at spacex. >> they are called the dads which may have something to do with their age but i can say that because they are on orbit. and a few months before maybe they come back and cuc me now. yes. they are called the dm-2 dads. >> should have a dad joke. [laughter] i would like to add to that because it plays back to earlier question about how did spacex stay focused on human spaceflight coming out of cargo t. think part of that is that relationship that was built. i know recently, over the past year, think, it was 32 straight weeks that bob and doug were out there at hawthorne with the spacex team and really built a very close relationship you can see it in the eyes and the smiles when they see each other. that goes a long way i think in this.
>> think what is really, really cool that is the part number for the seats and the suits has their names unit. eopp, i think, you have dean great job to personalize. >> that culture is not autos city to achieve. not easy to get it throughout the whole organization. the safety assessment that we did indicated that that was the case. >> i want to say, think we would not have achieved the safety without the tremendous support from nasa and your team. space made us way better than we would have been and obviously couldn't have got started without nasa. thank you very much for your support. jim: let's celebrate safety when we get them home. let's do that. it is good. reporter: thank you very.
a question for elon musk. could you expand on starship about when you expect you will go around the moon? elon. i am optimistic in general. i don't know. i mean, i guess, i would wish we could do it in two years. that may mean for you. i think it is not out of the question it could be two years. will be surprised if it took more than four. >> ok. the next question, please. reporter: thank you for taking me que question and congratulations on an amazing
launch. this is for elon. you have been work nor moment for 18 years and countered resistance along the which and even from nasa at one point. what would you say to those who say they could do this. do you have measage with them. the last conversation with bob and doug. can you tell us what you talked about, yo you what said? elon. thank you. let me sure i have the first question properly. >> can you repeat it please. reporter: have you been work for 18 yearance certainly cornered a lot of resistance along the way even from nasa from the be beginning? what would you sti those, do you haves' mudge for them? what was the last conversation with be about and doug like? what talk about it? thank you so much. elon: do i have a messaging for
those doubt? ok. doubt. ok. maybe i blank out the word doubt. [laughter] to be totally frank, i doubted with us, too. maybe we had a chance of reaping orbit. to those who doubted us, well, i think you are probably right, you know? i mean there are times that i was told, lake, when heard from paypal and rolling into create spacex and tesla and all, and both companies were bankrupt. 2008 was tough year. it took us four attempts to get
orbit with falcon one. but a lot of times, people will tell the joke. how do you make a small fortune in the rocket industry? i already heard that joke 12,000 times, you know? [laughter] so anyway, it room came true, you know, we just bauerly made it there, the fourth launch of falcon one. that is all the money we had. the fourth launch. then that was not even enough to save the company. then within the nasa contract. that came a little bit later or toward the end of 2008 and those are the two key things that saved spacex otherwise we would have, you know, not made it, so -- yeah. those doubters were probably correct. fortunately, we had smale upon
us and brought us to this day. >> pat, anything else about bob and doug before they launched? >> they were calm and focused. i that i this was chance to get back to space themes they felt liability was privilege to represent nasa and the astronaut corp in this endeavor and they, i gar reason tie you, are going to enjoy their time on the international space station. chris joked with them when they didn't get up the first time. the the administrator heard this, they were trying to get out of the weekend cleaning that we do on the iss but they will be glad to get there and glad to come back. >> we'll take the last question from space.com. report hi. congratulations on amazing
launch today. i am wondering if could talk about what else bob and doug will be doing now they completed their manual flight tests in a heard they are going to be talking it up some point. what else is on the to do list for bob and doug between now and docking? >> , you know, they did their field demo, so elon already mentioned and got to manually fly the vehicle, they will be doing another demonstration a little bit closer to space station and you know, people forget that you know the reason we picked or fod picked bob and doug to fly this because of their experience as test pilots and actually had developed this concept to have an ex pierced set of pilots, crewmembers, working with the companies to make sure that they were able to help them as they were work through the designs and developing their systems.
this is kind of cool. bob and doug get to fly the work they have been helping work and develop and say figure out how is it really working on orbit. the other thing they get to do is just to be able to be, pow, ecosystems working, they are getting to see it. are things cooling? how this is seat feel? how do the suits feel? can you get in and out of the suits when are you are on orbit and how easy are those functions going to be? will not talk about the waste functions but that is coon of part of it. then, then, obviously, how approach feels with i foe, that jim was able to use a sum later but now, they got this big simmator that is internation ago space station they are going to get to be able to actually come up to and be able to dock and see how that really works and
how it match because one of the thanks is really important we all know it, and anyone you know, is how does real thing really approximate what you have been practicing on for the last few years so now they are going to come back and her to next crews that are going up, they will be able to share with them, hey, this is how it felt. this is how these systems worked. and be able to share that experience with the crew one crew that right now is doing their training, 1:00, so, they are doing a very, very, very posh function for upcoming crews that will really be the long duration crewmembers and will be flying to the space station. >> i can prom misyou the hardest thing they will do tomorrow is when they are done flying their manual near field flying is to hand it back over to the computerrance not dock it. because they are test pilots and
to answer earlier question, that is what they would enjoy doing. so to give it back will be a little bit hard for them. >> i did notice doug was good at teaching jim how to fly it. yeah. yes. yes. he helped you dock, right? >> well, i might have. >> well that was the last question. closing remark interests the administrator. jim: sure. it does represent many years of work. i want to say you know, a question came up earlier about doubters and people that doesn't believe this could ever happen. there was day when charlie and my predecessor at nasa as the administrator was trying to get this program off the ground in a significant way. he had members of congress on both sides of the aisle that were in opposition to it. wouldn'ted a quatly fund it and
ultimately gave them a hard time about it. and general are, nay ren corp general, charlie, persevered and pushed through. that was the beginning of what we all get to expense today. i want to emphasize. i want to emphasize pat was talking about how the bob and doug were joking with each other earlier today when i had the opportunity to be with them and they were joking, doug, you know, doug hurley's last space shuttle mission got scrubbed five times before they finally launched on the section time. of course, bob behnken is saying that doug hurleys the jinx here, and therefore, they are not going to launch today either. to see them loose like that, pat, you mentioned they were loose, and joking and, in fact, seemingly having fun on dave launch. even though what they are doing is serious. everybody ins steal. i mean, these are just american
heros. >> yeah. >> of course, your team, going back to what we talked about a few minutes ago the fact that at spacex, you done call them bob and doug. you call them the dads. keeping the safety at the forecost of their minds. this is article great day for all of america. i is a great day for our country. it has been a long time. it has been nine years since we had the opportunity and of course, we are here now and there is, you oh, elon said earlier. this is 10,000 people behind this that made it happen. maybe 100 thousand. when you add up supply prance everyone. think it is closer to 100,000. yeah. yeah. children. yeah. right. that is right. this really is a great day for the united states.
it is a great day for our international partners. crew one is international mission on the first crew. we will have a japanese astronaut with us. i want to say congratulations to everybody. we're not celebrating yesterday. we will celebrate when they are home safely. certainly, we can bring size of relief every step along the which and that was what we're doing today. congratulations to spacex and elon musk. congratulations to kathy a and your nasa team that got us to this position and we look forward to so many things ahead. >> grateful that that is going to wrap it up here for us here at the kennedy spay spaes center and continue watching the live coverage until the astronauts reach the international space station and docking and hatch opening and arrival of be about and doug at the iss. dock scheduled for 10:29 eastern time. right after the broadcast, we'll turn it to jsc and hear from be