The first manned space expedition,carried out by the private company SpaceX has successfully completed. The Demo-2 mission program has been fully completed and two months after the launch on May 30, the Crew Dragon (C206 Endeavor) splashed down in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on August 2 at 21:48 Moscow time.
Near the city of Pensacola located onwest of Florida, splashed with two astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, the device was caught by the rescue ship Go Navigator. The process of undocking from the ISS, entering a given orbit, entering the atmosphere and splashing down took about 19 hours, and was broadcast live on the YouTube channel of SpaceX and NASA.
Mission Demo-2 becomes final in the seriestests to certify SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceships for use in manned programs. The flight began on May 30, when the Falcon 9 launch vehicle launched the Crew Dragon and its crew into space. After a 19 hour flight, the spacecraft docked with the International Space Station. Then, after two months on the ISS, the Crew Dragon with its crew left the station and headed for Earth.
SpaceX has developed the Crew Dragon shipto implement NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which aims to attract private capital to the space exploration industry. The Crew Dragon spacecraft can accommodate up to 7 crew members and is capable of spending up to 200 days in space when docked with the ISS.
NASA agency almost immediately after the launchmission Demo-2, in early June 2020, gave SpaceX permission to reuse the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 carriers. According to SpaceX's plans, the Crew Dragon (C206 Endeavor) spacecraft that has just returned to Earth will fly into space next time already next spring as part of the Crew-2 mission.
In addition to delivering astronauts to the ISS, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be used in SpaceX's space tourism program. Two space travels have already been scheduled for 2021.
It is noteworthy that the return of the astronauts toCrew Dragon aroused considerable interest among earthlings - over a million YouTube users watched the broadcast of the landing on the evening of a summer weekend. Meanwhile, the start of Crew Dragon in May 2020 attracted over 4 million viewers.