NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said that today marks the beginning of a new era in human spaceflight, the re-launch of astronauts from American soil, to the International Space Station, our national laboratory for orbiting the Earth.
The NASA spokesperson said in a statement after the launch that the launch of this commercial spacecraft designed for humans is an extraordinary demonstration of American excellence and is an important step in our path to extending human exploration to the moon and Mars.
The mission, known as the SpaceX Demo-2, is proof that the SpaceX crew transport system, including launch, orbit, docking and landing operations, is excellent.
This is the second space trial of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and the first of its kind for astronauts as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. This will lead to the certification of regular cruise flights to the station. Musk, chief engineer at SpaceX, said: “It’s a dream come true for himself and for everyone in SpaceX.”
The capsule is 20 feet high and 12 feet in diameter. It can accommodate up to seven astronauts. The Crew Dragon is equipped with state-of-the-art security for emergencies. The Environmental Control and Life Support System provides an environment for adjustment and safety. The display is made up of real-time information about the situation.
Since 2011, NASA researchers have not been able to fly into space in the United States, not through the Cape Canaveral. They were using Russian rockets at great prices. Later, NASA assigned the job to two private companies. SpaceX and Boeing. They were asked to build capsules for astronauts to use.
English Summary: SpaceX Launch Key to Reach Moon, Mars: NASA