The Crew Dragon spacecraft, the first joint mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the American tycoon Elon Musk’s aeronautical company SpaceX, was launched this Saturday on the way to the International Space Station in the evening.
Four minutes later, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket detached from the capsule and began its return to land by landing on a ship’s flight deck, taking advantage of its design as a reusable propeller.
The Crew Dragon capsule, with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, is expected to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) to dock on Sunday in the afternoon, after which they will be welcomed by the crew on board, Ansa reported.
This will be SpaceX’s final test flight for NASA’s commercial crew program and will provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as orbiting, docking, and landing operations, NASA reported.
The test flight also provided valuable data for certification of the transport system SpaceX crew for regular flights carrying astronauts to and from the Space Station.
SpaceX is currently preparing the hardware for the EEl’s first crew rotation mission, which would happen after the data from this test flight is reviewed for certification.
This is the first joint operation of the space agency with a private company, in this case, that of billionaire businessman Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX.
South African Musk is a physicist and entrepreneur and is at the forefront of space travel, since, as he himself stated, in the future, it will be possible to “be among the stars”.