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SpaceX successfully launches astronauts into orbit

SpaceX successfully launches astronauts into orbit SpaceX successfully launches astronauts into orbit
Kristine Garrett | 08 June, 2020, 21:25

The US manned Crew Dragon capsule, launched on Saturday and powered by the Falcon 9 rocket, both owned by the SpaceX company of South African tycoon Elon Musk, coupled yesterday with the global space station.

The ship arrived about ten minutes before the scheduled time and completed the final approach maneuver at 10:17 a.m. EST at the height of the northern Chinese border with Mongolia, after taking off from Kennedy Space Center coupled to the tip of the Falcon 9 rocket in front of millions of people who followed the live broadcast over the Internet.

The team participants initial opened up the hatch in between the spaceport station and also Dragon Endeavour at 1: 02 p.m. EDT, making it possible for Hurley and also Behnken to enter their brand-new house in room as participants of Expedition63 The 5 team participants are going to store an invited service next off, after which the continual protection of the goal that started just before launch is going to end. ISS Commander Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and crew members Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner welcomed their new colleagues. While they're there, the Dragon test pilots will join NASA's Cassidy and two Russian station residents in performing experiments and possibly spacewalks to install fresh station batteries.

"We didn't feel the docking - it's so smooth, and we docked", Hurley stated.

NASA will decide in the coming weeks how long to keep them there.

ISS Expedition 63 Crew

After delays, development hiccups and some political roadblocks, a successful first launch of astronauts will mark a huge win for folks within the space agency who hope to continue using more extensive commercial contracts. SpaceX's other plans, such as six astronaut "taxi" flights in August, commercial flights to the ISS and perhaps even the moon are much more realistic possibilities than Mars.

Nevertheless, it is these lofty ambitions and the consistent need to innovate that makes the inclusion of the private sector into the space race all the more beneficial.

"We're lucky to bring it home with us", Hurley said. "The whole world saw this mission and we are so, so proud of everything you've done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told Behnken and Hurley at a conference call. SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, Boeing and other companies looking to send people into space are driving down costs while increasing innovation, he said.

Since NASA retired its space shuttle in 2011, it outsourced the job of building its next generation of spaceships to SpaceX and Boeing. The predecessor to the capsule, SpaceX's cargo Dragon, did not have this capability when it delivered supplies and food to the ISS.

SpaceX had been planning to move onto low-altitude flight tests for this Starship in June after receiving a licence from the Federal Aviation Administration for "suborbital reusable launch vehicle missions" from its Boca Chica site in Texas.

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