SpaceX Crew Capsule Leaves International Space Station

13 March, 2019, 16:22 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • This still image taken from NASA TV shows SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft safely aboard the company's recovery vessel following splashdown

The reliance, which cost NASA $70 million apiece, was expensive and also left astronauts in danger of being stranded in case of a spacecraft malfunction, like the one experienced in October 2018.

At the moment the results have not be collected and analyzed so its unclear whether or not the mission will impact SpaceX's 2019 launch schedule.

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk's SpaceX splashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, successfully completing a mission crucial to NASA's long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from US soil later this year. After the landing, it was retrieved by the company's Go Searcher recovery ship. Dragon also marks a return to a "vintage" format: it is the first USA capsule since the pioneering Apollo program. Demo-2, the first crewed test flight, will carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the spacecraft's final flight to certify Crew Dragon for routine operational missions. The spacesuit-clad figure was fitted with a suite of sensors around its head, neck, and spine, to monitor how a human would fare on the flight.


Launched on Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Dragon docked at ISS the following day before detaching early Friday for its return to Earth. Upon entering the Earth's atmospheres, it deployed a set of four parachutes to help slow down its rapid pace.

Boeing's Starliner crew capsule is poised to launch its maiden unmanned mission in April ahead of an August test flight carrying US astronauts Michael Fincke, Chris Ferguson and Nicole Mann. "It was handsome", said Benji Reed, director of crew mission management at SpaceX. Above you can see the Dragon capsule hitting the Atlantic ocean, it was shortly recovered by a boat and a crane was used to hoist it out of the water. As the first crew-capable spacecraft from the United States in eight years, the Crew Dragon needs to show that it is capable of returning to Earth safely.

SpaceX has completed the first flight of a commercial spaceship created to fly people. Shuttles took American astronauts to space from 1981 to 2011, but their cost proved prohibitive, while two of the original four craft had catastrophic accidents, killing 14 crew members.After the program was retired, the USA government, under then president Barack Obama, turned toward SpaceX and Boeing to develop a new way to ferry its crews, paying the firms for their transport services.Due to about three years of development delays, the switch has come to fruition under Trump.

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