SpaceX launched Crew Dragon Capsule into Earth's orbit

Cristina Cross
March 8, 2019

SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked at the International Space Station yesterday, bringing the United States company one step closer to its goal of sending people into space. This test flight without crew on board the spacecraft is meant to demonstrate SpaceX's capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The spacecraft will take approximately 400 pounds of crew supplies and equipment to the space station where it'll remain docked for about fourteen days And return some crucial research samples to Earth.

SpaceX said the spacesuit for Ripley, apparently a reference to the protagonist in the science fiction movie "Alien", has been embedded with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human. The SpaceX Crew Dragon's trip to the International Space Station is created to validate end-to-end systems and capabilities, leading to certification to fly crew.

Roscosmos Executive Director for Manned Programs Sergei Krikalyov earlier told TASS that the Crew Dragon should undergo tests and comply with safety and reliability requirements before Russian cosmonauts can travel aboard it.

Barely two hours after the fact, the space station's three group people - American Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko - opened the bring forth of the space container and, out of the blue, infiltrated its inside in space.

Flight operations team members - some of them new to this - also need the six-day trial run, according to Kennedy Space Center's director, Robert Cabana.

The two astronauts set to fly aboard Dragon as early as July, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, witnessed the Florida liftoff, then rushed to Southern California to watch Sunday's maneuver.

Launch from Earth on a Falcon 9 rocket: Check.

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It will attempt to autonomously undock from the International Space Station on Friday, March 8 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

This time, the capsule gradually maneuvered closer to the station before docking on its own.

"Just super excited to see it", Behnken said minutes after the linkup.

In the future, cosmonauts and astronauts will be able to fly aboard both Russia's Soyuz and U.S. spacecraft. "Just one more milestone that gets us ready for our flight coming up here".

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule launch from NASA pad 39A as seen in a time exposure from Viera, FL. on March.

Boeing, which is engaged on the a lot-hyped Starliner crewed spacecraft, has but to ship it into area and carry out any type of preliminary uncrewed take a look at flight to the house station.

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