SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks with ISS

NASA plans to put two astronauts aboard by the end of the year

Believe it or not, the US Saturday launched a spaceship that can carry astronauts to outer space.

While working to unload some of the cargo beneath the seats inside the Crew Dragon, Saint-Jacques gave the "zero-g indicator" a bump that sent it tumbling around the inside of the spacecraft.

In addition to carrying Ripley, an anthropomorphic test device outfitted with sensors to provide data about potential effects on future astronauts who will travel in the Crew Dragon.

Both SpaceX and Boeing are vying for manned space missions from NASA and Boeing will test its Starliner system as early as April.

Once they determined that the air inside the Crew Dragon was safe, they swung the door open and allowed it to mix with the air inside the space station.

Musk also said the revised backshell performs very well in SpaceX's re-entry computer simulations but has yet to be proven in flight.

Following a successful pad abort test in 2015, the objective of Demo-1 is to demonstrate nominal end-to-end performance of Crew Dragon and its launcher, Falcon 9.

Now seeing a much fancier view, from the heads-up display aboard Crew Dragon.




The first stage finished its job and separated about 2.5 minutes later before preparing to land on a drone ship downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.

Footage shared to the ISS Twitter account shows the unmanned Crew Dragon capsule approaching the ISS orbital lab 266 miles above the Earth's surface south of Australia. It docked autonomously under the station astronauts' watchful eyes, instead of relying on the station's robot arm for berthing.

- Jason Davis (@jasonrdavis) March 3, 2019The first @Commercial_Crew mission arrived at the space station today when the @SpaceX #CrewDragon completed soft capture on the Harmony module at 5:51am ET. Although there was no crew aboard this time, SpaceX's reusable capsule is created to carry up to seven astronauts to and from Earth's orbit. The capsule will remain at the ISS for another five days. If everything isn't ideal and ready to go right at 2:49 a.m. EST, the launch will be pushed back to Tuesday at the earliest.

Bridenstine has explained that NASA wants to reduce costs in low orbit to devote resources to getting back to the Moon and assembling a small space station in lunar orbit in the 2020s.

Also of interest over the course of Dragon's mission will be the performance of the Draco thrusters used to maneuver in orbit.

As a result, NASA and SpaceX modified the mission design to constrain the thermal environment and ensure the thrusters would be ready for flight.

Hours later, crew members are expected to open the capsule's hatch and hold a welcome ceremony for the craft.

The space station's three astronauts had front-row seats as the white 27-foot-long (8-meter-long) capsule neatly docked, a little early no less.

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