Manned spacecraft Crew Dragon, producedthe US corporation SpaceX, not only flew to the International Space Station (ISS) and successfully docked it, but also returned safely to our planet, splashing in the Atlantic Ocean.
[email protected]’S #CrewDragon returned to Earth with a splash inThe Atlantic Ocean off at 8:45 am ET, completing an end-of-flight to the @ Space_ Srew Program. Learn more: https://t.co/MFB7dVb60c pic.twitter.com/8lFL6X3Tue
- NASA (@NASA) March 8, 2019
The first flight was carried out without crew on board, undercontrol automation. Only Ripley's mannequin dressed in a spacesuit (named after Ellen Ripley, the heroine of the movie “Alien”), who was unable to give any comments on returning home, traveled. It is important that this is the first time a private company has been able to launch a spacecraft for astronauts to the orbital station. The fact that Crew Dragon returned safely, was officially announced in a NASA Twitter account.
The ship was launched into space on March 2rocket carrier Falcon 9, which is also developing SpaceX. Not only a mannequin was placed on the ship, but also a cargo weighing 181 kilograms. With the ISS, he docked automatically. Information obtained on the basis of the flight, will allow you to start preparing for the tests with the team on board the ship.
Over time, Crew Dragon will deliverastronauts to the station, like the "Unions", produced by Russia. Dmitry Rogozin, who heads Roskosmos, congratulated his American colleagues on their successful ordeal. The head of SpaceX, Ilon Musk, was not slow with thanks words.