SpaceX launch: How to watch the SpaceX Crew Dragon live stream again

SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned crew capsule named Crew Dragon into orbit around the Earth. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre complex at 7.49am GMT from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The capsule - which was developed to send astronauts to the International Space Station - is a major milestone for Elon Musk's spaceflight company, and a big step in reestablishing NASA's on-hold human spaceflight programme. Crew Dragon successfully left the atmosphere and split from the Falcon 9 rocket, and is expected to dock with the ISS on Sunday Morning, where it will undergo testing by the space station's three-member crew. 

How to watch the SpaceX launch again

The Crew Dragon launched lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 7.49 am GMT, (2.49am EST). 

Thankfully for those not awake to see the landmark spectacle SpaceX has uploaded the live stream to a number of official channels. 

SpaceX has the live stream on their official website and their official YouTube channel. 

The full one hour long live stream of the event has now been uploaded to SpaceX's official YouTube channel. 

The video is titled Crew Demo-1 Mission.

SpaceX's live stream starts from 12am on March 1 and cycles through preparation stages and launch before the capsule goes into orbit. 

In the video, you can see the inside of the unmanned capsule as it launches, which contains a dummy model named Ripley, and a small Earth plushy. 

The capsule is due to stay on the ISS for a period of five days, where it will undergo testing from the station's resident astronauts. 

Crew Dragon was carrying 181kg worth of supplies and test equipment with it. 

US astronaut Anne McClain will work in tandem with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques to run the tests and inspect the capsule's cabin. 

The capsule will dock with the ISS on March 3, before unlocking for its return on March 8. 

On its return, Crew Dragon is to land in the Atlantic Ocean, where it will be collected. 

Ripley - apparently named for the titular star of 1979 horror film 'Alien' - is responsible for testing the effects of the capsule on any future onboard passengers. 

Ripley is fitted with a custom SpaceX flight suit and a host of sensors to detect the impact on the inside of the pod. 

Hans Koenigsmann, Vice President of  Mission Assurance at SpaceX said Ripley was vital for future manned flights.

He said: “That is something we have to practise in preparation for crewed flight to make sure we’re fast in the right spots, and have all the potential medical attention at the right time."

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