© Reuters. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched from Cape Canaveral
By Joey Roulette
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 4 astronauts using a newly designed spacecraft from Elon Musk’s SpaceX docked with the Worldwide Area Station Monday night time, within the first crewed mission on a privately constructed house capsule bought by NASA.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience by its crew of three Individuals and one Japanese astronaut, docked at 11:01 p.m. EST (7:01 GMT), 27 hours after launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The house station, an orbital laboratory about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, might be their house for the subsequent six months. After that, one other set of astronauts on a Crew Dragon capsule will exchange them. That rotation will proceed till Boeing (NYSE:) joins this system with its personal spacecraft late subsequent yr.
The Resilience crew consists of Crew Dragon commander Mike Hopkins and two fellow NASA astronauts: mission pilot Victor Glover and physicist Shannon Walker. They’re joined by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, making his third journey to house after beforehand flying on the U.S. shuttle in 2005 and Soyuz in 2009.
One other U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are aboard the house station from a earlier mission.
“Welcome to the ISS. We will not wait to have you ever onboard,” mentioned Kate Rubins, a U.S. astronaut already on the house station.
Earlier than receiving its flight certification from NASA final week, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon had been underneath improvement for roughly a decade underneath a public-private NASA program began in 2011 to revive the company’s human spaceflight functionality.
Sunday night time’s launch marked SpaceX’s first operational mission for NASA underneath that program, after a check flight final summer season with a crew of two U.S. astronauts.
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