NASA is launching the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Wednesday, May 27 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will be televised on both the Discovery Channel and Science Channel, with coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET and official launch time at 4:33 p.m. ET.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch the NASA SpaceX Crew Dragon launch on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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Both the Discovery Channel and Science Channel are included in Philo’s main 59-channel bundle. It comes with a free seven-day trial, and you can start watching immediately with no credit card required to sign up:
Once signed up for Philo, you can then watch the SpaceX launch live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later.
The Discovery Channel is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle. You can start watching right away with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the SpaceX launch live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space.
The Discovery Channel is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies. You can watch immediately with a seven-day free trial:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the SpaceX launch live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
The Discovery Channel is one of 47 channels included in the Sling Blue package. For the first month, it costs $20 ($30 per month after that) and includes Showtime, Starz and Epix for free:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the SpaceX launch live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
NASA Launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Preview
The Discovery Channel and the Science Channel are going live Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT to cover the NASA launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011.
The three-hour program is titled Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space and will take place across multiple platforms and will “take viewers along the mission to launch veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The mission, known as Demo-2, will use a Falcon 9 rocket, also built by SpaceX, to propel it. Discovery and Science Channel coverage will feature commentary from astronauts, engineers, and other special guests, as well as unprecedented coverage during launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center,” according to Discovery’s press release.
The event will also feature celebrity guests that include Katy Perry, Adam Savage, Mark Rober, and other surprise guests. There will also be appearances and commentary from former astronauts Mike Massimino and Karen Nyberg; active astronauts Jessica Meir and K. Megan McArthur and; NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as well as an interview with Astronaut Chris Cassidy from the International Space Station (ISS).
“Discovery and Science Channel have spent over a year documenting SpaceX’s race to become the first private company to launch American astronauts into space. Our live special offers both incredible access for the launch, and expert insight from SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk and other leading aerospace professionals. In our two-hour documentary, we show the unbelievable engineering and scientific feats achieved by SpaceX in making such an historic launch happen,” said Scott Lewers, Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science. “In these unprecedented times of isolation, we are excited to bring our viewers together to experience this event in a way they won’t see anywhere else, in the comfort of their own homes.”
TV personality Chris Jacobs will host the three-hour special live from Los Angeles. Jacobs has a long history with Discovery network live events, reporting live on-the-ground for Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live and Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon.
In a preview video, SpaceX founder Elon Musk told CBS News that early on, he didn’t think SpaceX would succeed, but it is now poised to make space history. He called the launch “the culmination of a dream,” adding the NASA astronauts have “nerves of steel.”
Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Discovery.
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