SpaceX: Crew Dragon is extremely fun dances

SpaceX: Crew Dragon is extremely fun dances

SpaceX: Crew Dragon is extremely fun dances

Their mission was not just the first USA -based orbital human spaceflight since 2011, but the world's first orbital launch of astronauts on a commercial spacecraft.

"It's been a real honor to be a small part of this nine-year endeavour since the last time a United States spaceship has docked with the ISS", he said, noting that the SpaceX Dragon was only the first of a new generation of privately-built spacecraft, including Boeing's CST100-Starliner, that will eventually carry humans. They were greeted by fellow NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who were already on board the orbiting laboratory.

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"Let's light this candle", commander Doug Hurley said just before liftoff. When the time comes for Behnken and Hurley to return home, all eyes will be on the Crew Dragon's performance once again.

Others contended that it was nothing more than a satellite or space debris.

"It is the culmination of an incredible amount of work by the SpaceX team, by Nasa and by a number of other partners", he said.

The Crew Dragon's docking showcased one of the biggest features of SpaceX's capsule: its automated docking system. The pair will stay at ISS for four months.

NASA wants to be just one customer of many, noted Jim Morhard, the space agency's deputy administrator, who took part in the virtual bell ringing. They docked at the ISS Harmony module on Sunday afternoon.

"The Dragon was a slick vehicle, and we had good airflow, so we had an excellent, excellent evening", Hurley said.

The gleaming white capsule was easily visible from the station, its nose cone open exposing its docking hook, as the two spacecraft zoomed a few kilometres apart above the Atlantic, then Africa, then Asia.

Saturday's high-stakes demonstration flight, called Demo-2, was the product of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, a public-private partnership that President Barack Obama started in 2011.

In a show-and-tell earlier Sunday, the astronauts gave a quick tour of the Dragon's sparkling clean insides, quite spacious for a capsule.

SpaceX had been planning to move onto low-altitude flight tests for this Starship in June after receiving a licence from the Federal Aviation Administration for "suborbital reusable launch vehicle missions" from its Boca Chica site in Texas.

This automated docking capability is a significant upgrade for the Crew Dragon.

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