Astronauts Douglas Harley and Robert Behnken took off today in a successful way from the space center of Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Spacex Crew Dragon, the first crewed space mission managed by a private company.
In this way the united States once again put astronauts into space after the cancellation of the ferries in July 2011.
The ship’s Crew Dragon, the first joint mission of the National Administration of Aeronautics and Space (NASA) and the aerospace company SpaceX of the american tycoon Elon Musk, was launched towards the International Space Station, to 16.22 time of Argentina.
Two minutes later, the rocket SpaceX Falcon 9 is separated from the capsule and began his return controlled earth landing on the flight deck of a ship, taking advantage of its design as a propellant reusable.
In the second stage, the rocket was enabled to carry into orbit astronauts at supersonic speed, and twelve minutes after takeoff the Crew Dragon is separated from the same.
It is expected that on Sunday at 14.29 GTM (11.29 Argentina) the capsule Crew Dragon, with the astronauts arrives at the International Space Station (ISS) to be attached to it, after which you will be welcomed by the crew on board, according to Ansa.
Harley said before the launch that “it is absolutely an honor to be a part of this great effort for the united States to return to the business of launch.”
This is the flight of the final test of SpaceX to the program of crew-commercial NASA and will provide data on the performance of the rocket Falcon 9, the spacecraft Crew Dragon and ground systems, as well as operations in orbit, docking, and landing, reported NASA.
The flight test also will reveal valuable data for the certification of the system of transportation of the crew of SpaceX for regular flights carrying astronauts to and from the Space Station.
SpaceX is currently preparing the hardware for the first mission of the rotation of the crew of the EEl, what would happen after a review of the data from this test flight for certification.
This is the first joint operation of the space agency with a private company, in this case, the entrepreneur billionaire Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX.
The south african Musk is a physicist and entrepreneur and is at the forefront of space travel because, as he himself said, in the future, may be “among the stars”.
The Executive director and Technician of the National Commission of Space Activities (Conae), Raul Kulichevsky, said to Telam that “the states that aspire to give better living conditions to its peoples need to invest in areas such as spatial development, and noted that “the projects of research and development space need of the participation of the State“.
Kulichevsky held that “for years the participation of the private sector in the space industry is increasingly important, and today is a significant milestone because the NASA enables a private company to move its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), which opens the door to space tourism”.
“It is true that companies SpaceX and Boeing to develop capsules that add up to private participation in space activity, but they do it supported by the state with contracts that are very important on the part of NASA to fund these projects, because the research space needs of the state participation”, he clarified.