SpaceX Dragon Capsule Resilience Ferries Four Radio Amateurs to the ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS - Xinhua |

This is the next astronaut assignment for SpaceX.

The task control had to work through some smallThe technical hangovers on the autonomous Crew Dragon spacecraft overnight, the ride seemed to go smoothly on Monday.

"Welcome to the @ Space Station, Crew-1! the @SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience docked successfully ..., with @Astro_Illini, @AstroVicGlover, Shannon Walker and @Astro_Soichi, "wrote NASA on its Twitter profile".

Yoda was seen bobbing freely when the Crew Dragon separated from its Falcon 9 rocket en route to the space station.

The Resilience crew's stay at the orbiting lab is scheduled to be the longest human space mission launched from the US, according to NASA.

For Sunday's launch, NASA kept guests to a minimum because of coronavirus, and even Musk had to stay away after tweeting that he "most likely" had an infection. "It's the start of a new era".

Less than 10 minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 booster landed safely aboard the Just Read The Instructions drone stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Crew-2 is scheduled to launch in March 2021 and will once again carry four astronauts.

In a video filmed before his first space flight, the Navy commander and test pilot said: "First of all I'm just grateful to God and to my family".

When SpaceX's Falcon 9 took off on Sunday night, the spaceflight company did something that it is getting good at. A Baby Yoda plush toy was sent into space along with four astronauts on SpaceX's second-ever crewed flight.

The launch of Crew 1 is one of the biggest launches in modern history.

SpaceX briefly transmitted live images from inside the capsule showing the astronauts in their seats, something neither the Russians nor the Americans had done before.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency, has also repeatedly mocked SpaceX's technology, telling a state news agency he was unimpressed with the Crew Dragon's "rather rough" water landing and saying his agency was developing a methane rocket that can be reused 100 times. "This mission was a dream, a dream of us to be able to one day be able to have crew transportation services to the International Space Station, and today that dream became a reality", Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said Tuesday morning during a press conference.

The cost of round-trips on Russian rockets had been rising and stood at around $85 million per astronaut, according to estimates previous year.



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