SpaceX launched its first astronauts Friday in a reused Crew Dragon capsule. It is indeed the third time that the Elon Musk space company has brought people to the International Space Station (ISS). These are the most prominent features of SpaceX over the years.
February 6, 2018: Launch Falcon heavy rocket
On this day Launched SpaceX has successfully launched the Heavy, Heavy Duty Reusable Falcon Rocket. The group consists of three Falcon 9 missiles, which return to Earth on their own and land upright on platforms on land and at sea after completing their target. Two missiles successfully landed within 15 minutes of launch, but the central missile failed.
The launch of the Falcon Heavy triggered a surge in space travel costs. The missile can carry a payload of 63,800 kg in low Earth orbit. A payload of about 16,800 kg will reach Mars and a payload of 3,500 kg should be able to reach Pluto. This is much more than competitors’ missiles can deliver. Plus, SpaceX’s launches are much cheaper due to the reusable rockets.
May 30, 2020: The launch of the first commercial astronaut to the International Space Station
SpaceX Launched On this day, the Crew Dragon capsule with two American astronauts on board. The launch was historic: Not only was it the first time since 2011 that American astronauts took off from American soil, it was also the first commercial launch of an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS). Aboard the plane were astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley.
November 16, 2020: First “operational” astronaut flight
On this day Launched SpaceX is the first successful “operational” flight of the manned Crew Dragon capsule. The maiden flight, in May, was seen as a demonstration. There were only two astronauts at that time.
This flight, which included four astronauts, was SpaceX’s first true expedition to the International Space Station. On board were three American astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, as well as Japanese astronaut Soishi Noguchi.
April 23, 2021: First launch in a recycled capsule
SpaceX launched its first astronauts Friday in a reused Crew Dragon capsule.
Four astronauts from three different countries are currently on their way to the International Space Station (ISS). Aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, this time NASA captain Shane Kimbro and pilot Megan MacArthur. She is the wife of Robert Behnken, an astronaut who went into space in the same capsule last year.
Akihiko Hoscheid, a specialist in the Japanese mission, and Thomas Pisque, a French mission specialist from the European Space Agency (ESA), are also present on board. Astronauts will likely not return to Earth until the end of this year.