NASA astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley arrived at the International Space Station in a capsule made by SpaceX on Sunday, ushering in a new era of commercial manned spaceflight.
President is present Donald Trump With Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, set off at 9:22pm (Spain Peninsula time) on Saturday, May 30 Crew Dragon From Space X The reusable Falcon 9 rocket, also used by Elon Musk’s company, was launched from the 39A launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Astronaut traveling by plane Robert Benken ÿ Douglas Hurley From NASA, They arrived at their destination smoothly at 4:16 pm the next day: International Space Station (ISS).
The spacecraft successfully docked with the “Harmony” module of the orbital complex, and its crew was affected by American partner Chris Cassidy and Russian astronauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner. (Ivan Vagner) invited to become a member of Expedition 63.
This test flight is called Demo 2 task, Will be used to verify SpaceX’s astronaut transportation system, which includes launch, orbit, docking, docking and subsequent landing operations.
Launch the crew ship Crew Dragon from Cape Canaveral (Florida) on a Falcon 9 rocket. /NASA
If all goes well, the company will be certified so that it can manage the flight with the crew to the International Space Station as part of the flight. Commercial Crew Plan From NASA. In fact, this trip is not only the first operation and takeoff in the United States since the last ferry in 2011, it also opened a new phase of commercial manned space travel.
According to its promoters, it can lay the foundation for future exploration of the moon and Mars, especially for the plan. sage, Which will bring the first female and second male to the surface of the moon in 2024.
The new business era of manned space travel
The Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration emphasized: “Today, human space flight has begun a new era. We once again use American rockets to launch American astronauts from American soil to American space stations.” Jim Bradenstein.
Although the “Crew by Dragon” can stay in orbit for about 110 days, the exact duration of the mission will be determined by NASA officials. When the time is up, the ship will return to Earth with two crew members.
After landing in coastal Florida with a large parachute, the Beconn and Hurley will be picked up by ships at sea Go to the navigator Take off from SpaceX and will return to Cape Canaveral again.
The visionary critic said: “For me and everyone at SpaceX, this is a dream come true.” Elon Musk At the press conference, “Our company, NASA, other partners and suppliers have conducted countless teamwork to achieve this goal.”