The Discovery Channel and Science Channel are teaming up to give viewers “unprecedented access” into this weekend’s historic SpaceX launch.
Both networks will go live on Saturday to capture the first commercial fully-crewed spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS). Four astronauts are set to ride into orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule this weekend, kicking off what NASA hopes will be years of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company conducting routine trips to keep the International Space Station fully staffed.
The simulcast is set for 3 p.m. PT and 6 p.m. ET. The launch is scheduled for 7:49 pm ET, weather permitting.
“We are thrilled to once again have such incredible access that can only be found on Discovery and Science Channel,” said Scott Lewers, Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science. “For this moment of international unity and hope, we will bring our viewers together to witness a spectacular celebration of space exploration”
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration astronaut Soichi Noguchi from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The astronauts will arrive at the ISS to join NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, as well as Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
This latest multi-platform event marks the third live broadcast of historic space events for Discovery and Science Channel in partnership with The Washington Post and staff writer Christian Davenport, whose depth of experience allowed him to gain inside access to key players. Davenport is one of the country’s leading chroniclers of the space industry.
Discovery and the Science Channel say the live broadcast will offer unprecedented coverage of the launch, as well as expert commentary from current and former astronauts, including Peggy Whitson, Leland Melvin, Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman, top engineers and other special guests, including adventurer and avid explorer Josh Gates. The host will be Chris Jacobs who has a long history with Discovery network live events.
SpaceX was founded in 2002 by Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars.