On the second attempt, SpaceX still succeededmake its first manned space flight. Thus, the United States for the first time independently launched a man into space after the Space Shuttle program was officially closed. The company was not only able to bring the Crew Dragon into orbit, but also successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform. Now, American astronauts Dag Hurley and Bob Benken will have to overcome the flight to the International Space Station and dock the Crew Dragon with the ISS.
The first manned launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon
Initially, the first manned SpaceX flight was supposed to take place on May 27, but it had to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Second launch SpaceX Crew Dragon took place on May 30, 2020 at 22 hours 22 minutes Moscow time. Here is how it was:
Underestimate the importance of a successful launchCrew Dragon with American astronauts on board. Not only is this the first ever manned flight carried out by a commercial company. So the United States for the first time sent an American spacecraft with astronauts from American soil for the first time since the retirement of space shuttles in 2011.
Since then, the US has rented space for astronauts onRussian Soyuz spacecraft, each round-trip flight cost them $ 85 million (at a cost of $ 5 million). Now, apparently, the United States will be able to refuse the services of the Russian side in the transportation of astronauts to the ISS.
Or maybe SpaceX will carry out the first flight of the United States to the moon. Now it will be officially certified by NASA for space missions.
Now all the doors have opened for SpaceX - partlydue to the fact that Washington now welcomes private enterprise in orbit. The most important thing in launching SpaceX astronauts is not that they actually flew into space. The important thing is that they reduced prices. They did amazing things that seemed impossible. They did what no one in the world could do, which the Union failed. And this means that a new era of space achievements awaits us.
Landing of the Falcon SpaceX rocket
It is also important that the crew module, likeits reusable rocket is an important part of the SpaceX business model, designed to save on reusable use. Multi-million dollar investments will be reused and not “thrown away” after a single use.
For example, the cost of a Falcon rocket isabout 60 million dollars, while about 70 percent of its cost falls on the first stage, so its re-launch will significantly reduce the costs associated with the production and launch of launch vehicles. Representatives of Space X previously stated that in the future they plan to increase the life cycle of each rocket and increase the number of launches to twenty.