Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

First Manned Crew Dragon Flight To ISS Set For July

First Manned Crew Dragon Flight To ISS Set For July

The corporate's Crew Dragon spacecraft headed to house atop one in every of its personal Falcon 9 rockets early Saturday morning within the first true take a look at of the crew module that may quickly ferry astronauts to and from the Worldwide Area Station.

If the six-day demo goes well, SpaceX could launch two astronauts this summer under NASA's commercial crew program.

After opening the hatch between the two spacecraft, the crewmates configured Crew Dragon for its stay while barnacled to the orbiting laboratory. The Crew Dragon capsule docked with the ISS on Sunday.

Like Ripley, the capsule is rigged with sensors to measure noise, vibration and stresses, and to monitor the life-support, propulsion and other critical systems throughout the flight. The astronauts wore oxygen masks and hoods until getting the all-clear.

SpaceX has signed a contract with NASA to develop the Dragon capsule. At 10:51 UTC (05:51 EST), a full nine minutes ahead of schedule, the spacecraft successfully docked with the worldwide docking adaptor at the forward end of the Harmony module.

Dragon will remain at the space station until Friday when it will undock for an old-school, "Right Stuff"-style splashdown in the Atlantic, a few hundred miles off Florida".

SpaceX team in Hawthorne Calif. March 3 2019

As many as seven astronauts could squeeze in, although four will be the norm once flights get going, allowing for a little cargo room.

Boeing aims to conduct the first test flight of its Starliner capsule in April, with astronauts on board possibly in August. According to a recent statement from Musk at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, "People have gone to space station on Soyuz", which is in reference to the very small amount of Russian civilians who have paid between $20-$40 million to travel to Russia's "Soyuz" spacecraft. Soyuz tickets have skyrocketed over the years; NASA now pays $82 million per seat.

It can carry as many as seven people and has three windows, emergency-abort engines that can pull the capsule to safety, and streamlined controls, with just 30 buttons and touch screens, compared with the space shuttle cockpit's 2,000 switches and circuit breakers.

Reuters reported on February 21 that SpaceX and Boeing both must address significant design and safety concerns before they can fly humans.

The objective is to make the next demo flight, with Hurley and Behnken, as safe as possible.

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