Saturday, 23 March, 2019

SpaceX launches capsule bound for International Space Station

SpaceX UNMANNED Crew Dragon V2 launched - Falcon 9 rocket leaves Kennedy Space Center | Daily Star SpaceX Crew Dragon takes off for ISS in test flight before finally carrying humans (VIDEO)
Andrew Wong | 04 March, 2019, 05:01

"SpaceX's Crew Dragon, created to transport astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil, is flying on its own in orbit following an on-time launch".

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A SpaceX rocket with an unmanned crew capsule blasted off on Saturday for the International Space Station, in a key milestone for Elon Musk's space company and NASA's long-delayed goal to resume human spaceflight from U.S. soil later this year.

An estimated 5,000 NASA and contractor employees, tourists and journalists gathered in the wee hours at Kennedy Space Center with the SpaceX launch team, as the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off before dawn from the same spot where Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles once soared. But it could be carrying passengers as early as July. Demo-1 is the first test mission of a commercially built and operated American spacecraft and rocket designed for humans.

After about five days docked, the crew is expected to place some return equipment inside before closing the hatch.

"Our honest congratulations to all earthlings who have enabled the opening of this next chapter in space exploration", NASA astronaut Anne McClain said from aboard the ISS during a welcoming ceremony for the Crew Dragon. That will be the first launch of American astronauts aboard a USA rocket since the shuttle program ended in 2011.

USA and European astronauts, including Britain's Tim Peake, have begun their journey into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in central Kazakhstan.

"Every mission is important, but this is even more important, said Koenigsmann, the firm's vice-president for build and flight reliability". Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule could undergo its first uncrewed test flight in April.

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SpaceX's Crew Dragon - the first crew-capable spacecraft the company has ever produced - is about to be tested in a big way.

The company has been sending an earlier version of its capsule to the ISS for a number of years, but in those instances the space station's robotic arm has helped the smaller vehicle successfully dock. It will then undock and head back to Earth before splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.

"We've got NASA "rocking" again". Ripley, who engineers endearingly refer to as a "smartie", got a special shoutout on Twitter from SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk on Friday.

"The @SpaceX Crew Dragon is attached to the @Space_Station!".

In a statement Saturday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine congratulated SpaceX and NASA "for this major milestone in our nation's history".

Shotwell said she looks at the Earth's population and sees billions of potential customers for future SpaceX flights that feature tourists instead of astronauts."The work we're doing, and others as well, will completely change how we think about our world, our solar system, and candidly, life on Earth", she said.

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