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Does anyone know if the crew dragon launch will be visible over the UK 20 mins after launch like the last star link launch was? I would love to try and get some images of it passing over. 

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From: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/spacexs-crew-dragon-gets-a-launch-date-may-27th/

 

SpaceX's Crew Dragon will launch on May 27 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, at 4:32pm ET (20:32 UTC). This test flight will carry NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station for a multi-month mission—as long as 110 days but probably less.

So if that launch time of 21:32 BST still stands it'll be heading our way about 21:50 local - just 20 mins or so after sunset. Still early twilight but I suspect it might be visible in the right conditions as it passes overhead and eastwards. The launch window to intercept the ISS orbital plane is very narrow so if it misses that they'll scrub it until the next orbit where the orbital plane passes overhead Florida.

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Dragon is scheduled to dock on the 28th at 16:39 BST.

The night before you might see it adjacent to the ISS on the 22:56 to 23:00 pass, though the Dragon is pretty small.

Michael

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