Launch movie & photo summary of America's first private spaceship by NASA and SpaceX
SpaceX , a private space development company founded by the United States Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Elon Musk , at 4:22 on May 31, 2020 in Japan time, Kennedy Space Center No. 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA We have successfully launched the manned spacecraft ' Crew Dragon ' using the SpaceX reusable rocket ' Falcon 9 ' from the launch facility . After successfully entering orbit, Crew Dragon will be docked with the International Space Station (ISS) approximately 19 hours after launch.
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SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts into orbit
As a result of efforts over the past 20 years, SpaceX finally succeeded in sending two astronauts, Mr. Doug Hurley and Bob Benken , into space using in-house manned spacecraft and rockets. .. This is the first time a manned space flight mission has been conducted in the United States for the first time in nine years since July 2011, and this is the first time a private spacecraft has been put into orbit.
SpaceX used the manned space flight mission for this time with the reusable rocket 'Falcon 9' developed by the company.
It is the manned spacecraft 'Crew Dragon'. Crew Dragon will be the first civilian-made spacecraft to be in orbit.
Harley and Benken head farewell to the family and head to the 39th launch facility to board the Crew Dragon. It seems that Model 39 of Tesla, Elon Musk's electric car maker, will move to the 39th launch facility.
Well, I'm crying. Bob and Doug saying bye to their families before heading to the launch pad: pic.twitter.com/jQ3L2GQrKI— Miriam Kramer (@mirikramer) May 27, 2020
You can check the movie containing the moment of launch from the following.
Pictures taken at the moment of launch.
We did it ????— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
In partnership with @SpaceX , we successfully launched @NASA_Astronauts to space from US soil.Here 's a recap of today's historic #LaunchAmerica mission with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug who are on their journey to the @Space_Station : https://t.co/ Y0vkPwKJSp pic.twitter.com/oJlMl20Cci
The United States of America can do extraordinary things even in challenging times.Our best days are ahead of us.— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 31, 2020
Thank you to the @NASA and @SpaceX family for providing our country with this extraordinary moment of hope. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/ek0hS6C0x5
Check out the first pictures from our remote cameras of the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with #CrewDragon spacecraft on the Demo-2 mission with NASA astronauts @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken onboard! Check back for more images! #LaunchAmerica ????? ??? - Https://T.Co/8due5jBg5Y Pic.Twitter.Com/2QQkyVla17— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) May 30, 2020
The moment the main engine burns off, is disconnected and the second stage engine ignites.
The moment the Crew Dragon is disconnected from the Falcon 9 second stage engine.
Crew Dragon has separated from Falcon 9's second stage and is on its way to the International Space Station with @Astro_Behnken and @AstroDoug ! Autonomous docking at the @Space_Station will occur at ~ 10: 30 am EDT tomorrow, May 31 pic.twitter.com / bSZ6yZP2bD— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
The Falcon 9 used to launch the Crew Dragon has landed safely on a rocket recovery vessel at sea.
9 Booster Has Falcon Landed On The Of Course I Still Love You Droneship! Pic.Twitter.Com/96Nd3vsrT2— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
SpaceX's Crew Dragon was developed as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Development Program. The development of Crew Dragon has taken about six years, and Boeing has participated in the commercial occupant transportation development program in addition to SpaceX, so successful entry of Crew Dragon into the orbit is a big step for the whole program. If all missions are successful, the Crew Dragon could be used to regularly send NASA astronauts to the ISS over the next few years. In addition, Falcon 9 has succeeded in putting the Crew Dragon on orbit about 12 minutes after launch, and after that, it will be docked on the ISS about 19 hours later.
Since its launch in July 2011, NASA has had to use the Russian-made manned spacecraft Soyuz to deliver astronauts to the ISS. Soyuz costs about $ 80 million to use, and NASA launches a commercial crew transportation development program to end the situation of relying on Russia for manned spacecraft. I will. Until then, the human race's space development was overseen by the government agency overseeing the design, manufacturing, development and operation of the spacecraft. However, NASA signed a contract with SpaceX and Boeing in 2014, hoping for private companies to participate in space development in the commercial passenger transportation development program. Initially, I was expecting a private-sector manned spacecraft to be completed by 2017, but due to technical delays and test failures, the program was delayed. However, with the SpaceX Crew Dragon finally launching on May 31, 2020, the program has taken a big step forward.
The Crew Dragon and the ISS do not require any astronaut input for docking and are designed to be docked automatically. However, when the astronaut approaches the dedicated terminal, it will be possible to manually control the spacecraft from the touch screen. When Crew Dragon docks to the ISS, it will be tested automatically after this manual control function, and then automatically docked. The docking will take place around 23:29 on May 31, 2020, Japan time.
Also, Crew Dragon's work is not just about delivering two astronauts to the ISS. We also need to test if we can return them to Earth. However, it has not been decided when the two will return to Earth, and 6 or 16 weeks later are listed as the scheduled dates. Crew Dragon's mission is to return to the ground with two astronauts, so NASA Secretary Jim Bridenstin said, `` I'm not going to celebrate the mission's success until Bob and Doug return safely. '.
The whole movie of Crew Dragon launch by NASA and SpaceX can be checked from the following movie.
Making History: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space! (#LaunchAmerica Success May 30, 2020)-YouTube