SpaceX, NASA successfully launch Crew Dragon on historic test flight

SpaceX UNMANNED Crew Dragon V2 launched - Falcon 9 rocket leaves Kennedy Space Center | Daily Star

SpaceX UNMANNED Crew Dragon V2 launched - Falcon 9 rocket leaves Kennedy Space Center | Daily Star

California's SpaceX firm has carried out a demonstration of a new rocket and capsule combination.

"To be frank, I'm a little emotionally exhausted, " Musk told reporters barely an hour after liftoff. Dragon has to safely dock with the station, which is expected to happen Sunday morning.

In another success, the rocket's first stage returned to Earth, landing on a platform 500 kilometers (310 miles) off the Florida coast in the Atlantic. It marks the 35th such recovery by SpaceX. "We've launched a lot of Falcon 9 rockets now". If all goes well with this flight and an upcoming emergency-escape test, Crew Dragon could fly two NASA astronauts to the orbiting lab this summer.

Elon Musk, the CEO of US SpaceX aerospace company, said on Friday, after the launch of the SpaceX-manufactured Dragon 2 spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), that, of all the other stages of the mission, he was most of all anxious about Dragon 2's docking with the ISS and its return to Earth.

The mission aims to test the vessel's reliability and safety in real-life conditions.

It is fitted with monitors to test the forces that future astronauts will be subjected to on takeoff and when they return to the Earth's atmosphere and then splash down in the Atlantic, slowed down by giant parachutes. - The United States space program took a significant step toward returning human spaceflight to American soil after a SpaceX rocket successfully blasted off from a historic launch pad here early Saturday. Watch NASA's livestream of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m CST below.

It pays Russian Federation to get its people up to the ISS orbiting research facility at a cost of $82 million per head for a round trip.

"But we also want to make sure we have our own capability to get back and forth to the International Space Station".

Bridenstine is optimistic about both SpaceX and Boeing capsules, saying astronauts should begin using them by this year's end.

Now NASA said it is on the verge of recapturing some of the national pride that has been a hallmark of its human spaceflight program since the beginning of the Space Age. It will not be tested until April, in a mission similar to SpaceX's.

"The Crew Dragon is a fundamental redesign, with hardly a part in common with Dragon", SpaceX founder Elon Musk said early Saturday morning, after the launch, during a news briefing. No private company has ever launched humans into orbit, and during a webcast of the launch, SpaceX employees could be seen packed into the main foyer of the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., cheering each milestone.

SpaceX aced a key NASA review ahead of Saturday's launch.

Its Falcon 9 rockets have resupplied the space station 15 times in seven years, even though one of them blew up in 2015.

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