The first manned SpaceX mission was successful. The capsule with the two astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley has docked with the ISS after 19 hours of flight.
|Two American astronauts boarded the International Space Station from the SpaceX capsule, which marks the first time humans have entered orbit in a commercially developed space shuttle. Elon Musk created a new era.|
SpaceX first manned mission to the ISS
After the aborted first launch attempt on Wednesday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the two Nasa astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board was launched towards the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday evening as planned.
After about 19 hours of flight in the SpaceX space capsule, the docking manoeuvre on Sunday afternoon also went well. Behnken and Hurley have now arrived on the ISS - they met the ISS crew Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner (Russia) and Chris Cassidy (USA).
SpaceX: First manned US rocket launch since 2011
The mission baptized Demo-2 is historic in many ways. For the first time since 2011, astronauts were able to set off for the ISS from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Nine years ago the end of the Space Shuttle program was sealed. It is also the first time that Nasa has relied on the rocket of a private space company. For SpaceX and its boss Elon Musk, in turn, it is the first manned space flight.
In recent years, the USA has had to rely on Russian support for its space missions - which was expensive. A seat in a Russian Soyuz capsule cost 86 million US dollars.
Accordingly, the country had the so-called "Commercial Crew Program" cost the country several billions, which SpaceX and Boeing were paid to develop private rockets.
Ultimately, Nasa wants to make itself independent of Russia when it comes to manned space missions. The moon and, in the future, Mars may also become the target of a human visit.
Nasa astronauts prepare for ISS Crew 1 missionBehnken and Hurley are going to spend a few weeks or months on the ISS now anyway. Because the exact date and time of their return to Earth has not yet been determined.
For the two US astronauts it is also a matter of preparing the next Crew 1 mission, in which four astronauts are to be transported to the ISS.
The maximum time window for the Nasa astronauts, however, is 119 days, as reported by the Futurezone. Then the solar panels that generate electricity will not last much longer.