SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station
March 5, 2019, 20:00:02 CET | Wikinews

Space
Related articles


5 March 2019: SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station
9 January 2019: Simple animals could live in Martian brines: Wikinews interviews planetary scientist Vlada Stamenković
29 November 2018: NASA's InSight Lander makes it to Mars
12 October 2018: Manned Soyuz space mission aborts during launch
26 September 2018: Study suggests Mars hosted life-sustaining habitat for millions of years


Collaborate!

Pillars of Wikinews writing
Writing an article

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 

On Sunday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station in orbit around the Earth. Although the Crew Dragon was carrying only cargo and a mannequin equipped with sensors, this was the first time since the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011 a United States spacecraft capable of carrying humans has made it to the station.


Artist's rendition of the Crew Dragon en route.Image: NASA and SpaceX.
Most of the docking process was automatic by the capsule, though the crew of the ISS were able to send the capsule commands to perform simple movements. Previous SpaceX pods have relied on the station's own robotic arm apparatus to take hold of them.

At 2:49 a.m. local time (7:49 a.m. UTC) on Saturday morning, the Crew Dragon was launched via a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida in the southeastern United States.

Crew Dragon has enough room for seven people but on this occasion carried only a mannequin, nicknamed "Ripley" for Sigourney Weaver's character in the film Alien. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to remain at the station during the week and return to Earth on Friday.

Bill Gerstenmaier of NASA spoke of the collaboration between his agency and SpaceX: "It's fun working with a new partner that approaches the problem in a slightly different way. They don't carry the same background that we did in NASA, and they don't approach the design exactly the same way we do. [...] And that's cool. I mean, that's really neat."

"To be frank I'm a little emotionally exhausted because that was super stressful. But it worked — so far," SpaceX founder Elon Musk told the press after the launch. "We have to dock to the station, and we have to come back, but so far it's worked. [...] We've passed some of the riskiest items."

The short-term goal of NASA's Commercial Crew Program is to restore NASA's ability to send humans into orbit, which it has been unable to do since retiring the space shuttles in 2011. Longer term, according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, the goal is to render space accessible to many customers and, through commercial competition, do so at a lower cost than the space shuttle missions, which ran about US$1.5 billion apiece. Currently, NASA pays for Russian spacecraft to carry living people, at roughly US$80 million per astronaut.

NASA has selected two astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, for Crew Dragon's first manned mission, which NASA said might take place this summer.

The Boeing airframe company is also collaborating with NASA on human-crewable spacecraft and its Starliner craft is scheduled to undergo flight test this spring. NASA's contract with Boeing is currently valued at US$4.2 billion. The contract with SpaceX is valued at US$2.6 billion.

Last year, SpaceX tested its Falcon Heavy rocket by launching company founder Elon Musk's personal Tesla convertible into space.






Have an opinion on this story? Share it!



Related news[edit]
"SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts Elon Musk's personal Tesla into solar orbit" — Wikinews, February 7, 2018
Sources[edit]
Jackie Wattles. "SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with the space station in demo flight" — CNN, March 3, 2019
Associated Press. "SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station" — The Guardian, March 3, 2019
Dave Mosher. "Elon Musk says he'd happily ride SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship — 'I think it's a good vehicle'" — Business Insider, March 2, 2019





Share this: 














Jackie Wattles. "SpaceX Crew Dragon, built to carry humans, launches demo flight" — CNN, March 2, 2019
Press Association. "SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launches successfully" — The Guardian, March 2, 2019
Nell Greenfieldboyce. "SpaceX Readies For Key Test Of Capsule Built To Carry Astronauts Into Space" — NPR, February 28, 2019

Source: Wikinews
Share this article:
share article on facebook share article on twitter share article on google+ share article on tumblr share article on blogger share article on reddit

Articles that may interest you:


Earthquake injures 25 people in southern Phil...

Philippines Related articles 15 July 2019: Earthquake injures 25 people in southern Phili...

Charlottesville, Virginia killer sentenced to...

Crime and law Related articles 1 July 2019: Charlottesville, Virginia killer sentenced to...

Driver in New Hampshire multi-motorcycle cras...

Disasters and accidents Related articles 28 June 2019: Driver in New Hampshire multi-mot...
Send us your articles and web-novels!
comments powered by Disqus
Most popular


Recently Viewed:


SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule docks with International ...

Space Related articles 5 March 2019: SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule docks with International S...


In Malaysia's high court, pathologist testifies Kim ...

Gooi Soon Seng told the press the prosecution had not disclosed this information to the defe...


6-1, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3: Djokovic beats Federer and ad...

Today, defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Swiss professional Rodger Federer 6–1, 6–2...


Digital security researchers publicly reveal vulnera...

Thursday, October 19, 2017  Computing Related articles 19 October 2017: Digital secur...


6 decades of global warming in only 15 seconds (VIDEO)

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has released on their official Youtube cha...

Automotive
Reviews | Technology | Projects & Tuning | Events | Racing
Business & Technology
Business & Economy | Mobile | Internet & Media | Security & Privacy | Gadgets & Tech | Software
Lifestyle
Health, Food & Fitness | Fashion | Gardening | DIY | Homes
Society
Accidents | Crime | Culture | Finance | Politics
Science & Environment
Wildlife | Green | Space
Gaming
Reviews
Society
Accidents | Crime | Culture | Finance | Politics
Travel
MM-iNEWS
Copyright & Privacy | Site Roadmap | Sitemap | Contact
Web Development @ OverHertz Ltd
Ω