What time is the SpaceX launch today, and can I watch it live?

Telegraph 30 May 2020 10:31

America returned astronauts to orbit from US soil for the first time since 2011, as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley blasted off in the first manned flight of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

With Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the vice president, watching from a platform at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the rocket lifted off at 3:22pm local time (8:22pm UK).

Ten million people watched the launch live, streamed on social media and broadcast on television networks around the world.

You can catch up with our own livestream here:

“This has been a long time coming,” said Jim Bridenstine, Nasa administrator, whose team was whooping and cheering in the control room as vital technical milestones passed without a glitch. 

“It’s been nine years since we launched American astronauts, from American soil. And now it’s done.”

Mr Hurley, 53, and Mr Behnken, 49 - friends for 20 years, both former fighter pilots, both married to fellow astronauts - flew in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, carried on top of one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets.

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