1st Commercially Built Spacecraft With A Dummy Aboard Docks At ISS

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully completes docking test with ISS

1st Commercially Built Spacecraft With A Dummy Aboard Docks At ISS

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.

The three current ISS crew members entered the SpaceX capsule in space for the first time on Sunday as part of the SpaceX Demo-1 test mission, which itself was crew-less.

SpaceX's 16-foot-tall (4.9 meter) Crew Dragon capsule, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 2:49 a.m. (0749 GMT), carrying a test dummy nicknamed Ripley.

MCCLAIN: Today human advancement of exploration continues, as the first new space vehicle designed for humans in over 40 years arrived at our front door. Approximately 11 minutes after a successful launch, the Crew Dragon spacecraft separated from the rocket's upper stage. According to weather forecasters, there's an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for launch on a Saturday morning. Now, the capsule has successfully docked with the International Space Station.

If this six-day test flight goes well, a Dragon capsule could take two NASA astronauts to the orbiting outpost this summer. It was the 35th successful landing of the company SpaceX.

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine tweeted his congratulations on "this historic achievement", which brings the United States a big step closer to its goal of again flying astronauts into space on American rockets.

Russian Federation and the United States will continue cooperation in manned and resupply space programs after the launch of the US Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), spokesman for Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos Vladimir Ustimenko told TASS on Monday, Trend reports referring to TASS. The next test for SpaceX will be the In-Flight Abort Test which is tentatively scheduled for June and then the crewed mission flight scheduled for July. Currently, astronauts headed for the ISS launch from outside of the country with the help of other countries' space agencies. So, there was a risk that the capsule might cause damage to the ISS.

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