The launch is scheduled for 20 June during a launch window
opening at 21:43 UTC and closing at 23:30 UTC.
NASA has given it a July 17 - August 5 2020 launch window
. Its expected to land on Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18 2021.
The live launch window
will start 15 minutes prior to the liftoff.
The brief launch window
of July 14 to August 3 was chosen to maximise the chances of success of the mission.
Lyft has not yet announced a specific launch window
for a Level 5-capable car.
After a smooth countdown of 5 hours, the Crew Escape System along with the simulated crew module with a mass of 12.6 tonnes, lifted off at 07.00 AM (IST) at the opening of the launch window
from its pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota today.
The rocket fired at the close of Sunday's five-minute launch window
from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Atlantic coast of Virginia.
If needed, a backup instantaneous launch window
is on Saturday, June 3, at 5:07 p.m.
The launch window
for both missions, which include two sounding rockets each, is February 13 through March 3.
The next launch window
is in 2018 due to the position of Earth and Mars in their orbits.
The latest countdown was stalled with only 3 minutes remaining as launch controllers rushed to fix the problem before the mid-morning launch window
due to the probability of space debris movement during the launch window