Since today, the Kennedy Space Center launched the reusable Falcon 9 rocket, four astronauts have taken the spacecraft from the dragon capsule of Elon Musk’s company.
This NASA And company Space X It was successfully launched this Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida (USA). This is the second manned trade mission (Crew 2), sent four astronauts from the United States, France and Japan to the International Space Station (ISS) in November last year. They will rescue the first astronauts.
The new crew is Shane Kimbrough ÿ Megan McArthur From NASA, French Thomas Pesquet European Space Agency (ESA) and Xing Guangminghiko Representative of Japan Aeronautics and Space Administration (JAXA). This is the first time that the staff of the three space agencies have flown together in more than 20 years.
A rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX took off from the Kennedy Space Center at 11:53 (Spain peninsula time) today, carrying Dragon Capsule The same company, passengers go to the track complex. There are seven other astronauts waiting.
Rocket propellant gets dirty from use
The surface of the rocket booster is very dirty. It was used to launch SpaceX Crew-1 to the International Space Station in November last year and landed after about 9 and a half minutes. Offshore platforms Of course i still love you After separating from the Falcon 9 second stage rocket, it flew over the Atlantic Ocean.
Both the propellant used today and the “Dragon” spacecraft have been used to perform ISS missions. This repeated use to reduce costs is the key to the alliance between Elon Musk and NASA, which will increase the number of flights to the space station, advance scientific experiments, and support Future missions to the moon and Mars.
According to a report in NASA’s take-off broadcast starting four hours before takeoff, a few minutes after the propellant landed, the “Dragon” spacecraft separated from the second stage and was already flying on its own.
NASA stipulates that the speed of the spacecraft is approximately 17,000 miles per hour (approximately 27,000 kilometers per hour). The capsule is scheduled to dock with the space station at 5:10 am local time on Saturday (11:10 am on the peninsula).
This is the second SpaceX will perform at least six missions to the International Space Station Based on the $2.6 billion contract signed with NASA in 2014.
The Falcon 9 rocket flew just 30 seconds after it lifted off. /©EFE