NASA and SpaceX have achieved a milestone in the US spacecraft, with two astronauts successfully flying the International Space Station (ISS) during the first crew test flight of the new crew Dragon capsule.
This is the first time that an astronaut has launched from US territory since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. It is also the first time that an astronaut has been transported onto a private rocket.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley launched from the famous 39A launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 12:22 pm. At the PT on Saturday, May 30, the “Crew Dragon” spacecraft boarded the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Once the first stage of the rocket is no longer needed, it will separate and fall to the earth. In space, SpaceX uses it to capture it on a drone on the Atlantic.
The astronauts have already begun a 19-hour journey and are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station at 7:27 Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, May 31.
The hatch between the capsule and the space station is scheduled to open at 9:45 am Pacific Standard Time, at which time Behnken and Hurley will be welcomed by the current crew of the International Space Station-NASA astronauts and commanders Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos astronauts and flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.
It is expected that Behnken and Hurley will spend 1-3 months on the International Space Station to further test the docked capsule and assist the International Space Station crew in maintenance tasks and scientific research.
Their exact length of stay will depend on when SpaceX and NASA are preparing for the next launch, which will be decided after the astronauts arrive safely.
With the successful completion of the test flight, SpaceX is expected to soon begin regularly transporting NASA astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station as part of the commercial crew program.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talked about his hope that NASA would become a client of a private company like SpaceX as part of a robust space-based market in low-Earth orbit to The agency saves money by leveraging private sector experience.
Since 1981, NASA has not used new American delivery vehicles to send humans into space. This is a mission called STS-1. This is the first orbital flight of the space shuttle Columbia and is part of the space shuttle program.
Source: Digital Trends