Elon Musk & NASA want to send civilians to the space station

Elon Musk & NASA want to send civilians to the space station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket docks with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday during the Demo-1 mission. 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.

A life-sized dummy named Ripley, after the lead character in the "Alien" movies, was the capsule's only passenger. Across the country at SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, company employees went wild, cheering every step of the way until the capsule successfully reached orbit.

SpaceX engineers and NASA have been working together under a $2.6 billion commerical-crew contract that could potentially be open to general populous space tourists as well.

At the same time, the astronauts now on board the ISS kept a close watch to make sure the Crew Dragon performed as expected - U.S astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jaques were the ones in charge of commanding the Crew Dragon to hold, retreat to abort the mission altogether, if anything went wrong.

"Welcome to the new era in spaceflight", McClain said from inside Dragon.

That successful docking happened on March 3.

The launch systems are aimed at ending USA reliance on Russian rockets for rides to the $100 billion orbital research laboratory, which flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, at about $80 million per ticket.

Bridenstine said it's only a matter of time before astronauts are being carried into space aboard Dragons or Starliners.

After opening the hatch between the two spacecraft, the crewmates configured Crew Dragon for its stay while barnacled to the orbiting laboratory.

If the spacecraft's descent proceeds in a normal regime, it will travel to the orbital outpost with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on its board in July. "Just one more milestone that gets us ready for our flight coming up here".

The Crew Dragon craft launching from the Florida coast bound for the ISS.

As a safety measure, SpaceX sent Crew Dragon to various waypoints outside of the ISS to test the spacecraft's docking capability.

Next up, though, is Boeing, which is looking to launch its Starliner capsule without a crew as early as April and with a crew possibly in August. He marvels at how the Dragon has just 30 buttons and touch screens, compared with the space shuttle cockpit's 2,000 switches and circuit breakers.

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