Twice. On Saturday (30.05) has finally managed to shoot in the direction of the International Space Station Falcon-9 rocket capsule Dragon-2, in which there were two astronauts. Here is the beginning of the era of cheap flights into space smartuser.
The first time, last Wednesday (27.05), stormy weather thwarted the plans of NASA and SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk. The second time he was successful. On Saturday (30.05) promptly at 21:22 of the famous platform LC-39A, the same, from which more than 50 years ago, there were flights to the moon in the Apollo program, launched rocket Falcon-9 capsule Dragon-2.
On board were astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who on Sunday (31.05) afternoon arrive on board the International Space Station, where until September will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Planet from space. A few minutes after takeoff rocket Falcon-9, the mobile platform floating on the Atlantic Ocean defects, landed successfully main member of the rockets. It will be used in subsequent projects. Thanks to this mission was incomparably cheaper than those from the time of the shuttles, and even the recent, conducted by the Russian Sojuzy.
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the first astronauts on the station reaching from the United States for nine years, so since the end of the shuttle era, and the first in history, who flew into space aboard a capsule built by a private company. In the meantime, astronauts could fly only on the Earth’s orbit Soyuz ships belonging to the Russians. They took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Another start-Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for September. This time capsule on board the Dragon-2 will be four astronauts will also be aimed at the International Space Station. In the shadow of a successful manned flight-2 Dragon capsule to the ISS, SpaceX is building a much more powerful transportation system for astronauts.
This refers to the ship Starship. It will transport astronauts, not only between the surface of the Earth, the moon, as well as Moon Port Space (the successor to the International Space Station) and the surface of the moon. Elon Musk has recently announced that there will also be a modified version of the Dragon capsule with a note XL. According to the plan, the vehicle has to deliver supplies to the Moon Spaceport.
In addition to SpaceX, a manned capsule Boeing builds yet, and a small shuttle Sierra Nevada Corporation. NASA will also have your vehicle in the form of Orion. The commercial success of the first manned flight means that the Americans regained independence flights on the Space Station. It is also the first step to launch low-cost flights for all of us, eg. For the space hotels, which in the future are formed on Earth’s orbit.