SpaceX successfully sends unmanned Crew Dragon capsule to ISS

Mar

2

2019

SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon capsule from American territory. The missile is on its way to the ISS without a crew. This is a test flight to see if this setup can replace the Soyuz capsules of the Russians.

The rocket was launched at 8:49 Dutch time as well as planned according to the platform of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is expected that it will take 27 hours before the rocket arrives at the ISS, after which the Crew Dragon capsule will automatically link with the ISS and an inspection will be carried out by the three astronauts present in the space station. The capsule has approximately 181 kilograms of cargo on board and a dummy named Ripley, dressed in a SpaceX space suit. This is to simulate an actual manned flight.

Meanwhile, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has been successfully returned to Earth. After the launch, it made a successful landing on the floating platform Of Course I Still Love You . This rocket can be used again.

The Russian Soyuz capsule is currently the only way to reach the ISS with personnel and freight. That has been the case since 2011, when the US decided to stop the Space Shuttle program. The use of the Soyuz, however, is becoming a nice cost item for the US, which is one of the reasons for investigating this alternative. Tweakers has written a background story about this mission.

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