SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch and ISS Docking in Pictures

08 March, 2019, 10:56 | Author: Emilio Conner
  • SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule as it approached the International Sapce Station

On early Saturday morning, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon capsule mounted on top of Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The next flight test for the Commercial Crew Program is the Boeing Orbital Flight Test and the Boeing Pad Abort Test both planned for the spring, according to NASA. Yesterday the ISS crew opened the hatch between the space station and the Crew Dragon spacecraft for the first time.

SpaceX named "Ripley" after the Sigourney Weaver Character in the Alien movies. They burst into applause again, several minutes later, when the Dragon's latches were tightly secured. NASA and SpaceX are working together in the hopes of launching humans in the new craft later this year.

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.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques pronounced the docking flawless and called it "a handsome thing to see".

A new experimental type of deep space communications technology is scheduled to be demonstrated on the International Space Station this spring. Elon Musk, left, CEO of SpaceX, speaks as NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, center, and Doug Hurley, right, listen during a news c. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, speaks during a news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

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As part of the March 3 shakedown, the space station astronauts sent commands for Dragon to retreat and then move forward again, before the capsule closed in for good.

While most of us were asleep, SpaceX wrote history.

After five days on the ISS, the Crew Dragon will return to Earth on March eight for an aquatic touchdown within the Atlantic Ocean.

This was the first time a SpaceX capsule had attempted to attach itself to the station.

Boeing, which is engaged on the a lot-hyped Starliner crewed spacecraft, has but to ship it into area and carry out any type of preliminary uncrewed take a look at flight to the house station.

SpaceX already has made 16 trips to the space station using cargo Dragons. 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. The version designed for humans is slightly bigger and safer.

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