Photos from the launch of SpaceX's first spacecraft created to transport humans

Photos from the launch of SpaceX's first spacecraft created to transport humans

Crew Dragon successfully left the atmosphere and split from the Falcon 9 rocket, and is expected to dock with the ISS on Sunday Morning, where it will undergo testing by the space station's three-member crew. Both Boeing and SpaceX are hoping to have a manned flight later this year.

After the shuttle program was shuttered in 2011 after a 30-year run, NASA began outsourcing the logistics of its space missions.

In a risky experiment, NASA years ago made a decision to outsource transportation to what's known as low Earth orbit to the private sector. NASA is providing eight billion USA dollars for SpaceX and Boeing to build and operate these new systems.

"To be frank, I'm a little emotionally exhausted, " Musk told reporters barely an hour after liftoff. "We have to come back, but so far it's worked. we've passed the riskiest items". Dragon 1 and attach it to the space station.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre complex at 7.49am GMT from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Now NASA said it is on the verge of recapturing some of the national pride that has been a hallmark of its human spaceflight program since the beginning of the Space Age.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, its first spacecraft created to carry humans, took flight for the first time Saturday. Demo-1 is a critical step for NASA and SpaceX to demonstrate the ability to safely fly missions with NASA astronauts to the orbital laboratory. Boeing's first flight with people is scheduled for August.

"We're going to take it day by day", Bridenstine said of the timeline. "It's done. Now we're in a position where we can take our time and make sure we get it right".

At Saturday's post-launch news conference, Musk said he'd be happy to fly on the revamped Dragon.

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Crew Dragon is carrying a dummy named Ripley, named for the "Alien" protagonist, instead of people. The response was positive.

Dragon 2 is a reusable spacecraft designed as a successor to the Dragon space freighter. Previous Dragon vehicles have been grabbed and hauled to the docking port by the station's robotic arm.

"We're only partway through the mission", Musk said.

Initially, Russia, one of the partner countries on the station, raised concerns about the redundancy in SpaceX's system should there be an emergency.

United States astronaut Anne McClain will work in tandem with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques to run the tests and inspect the capsule's cabin.

In the video, you can see the inside of the unmanned capsule as it launches, which contains a dummy model named Ripley, and a small Earth plushy. It has to work.

If it is able to dock successfully, the spacecraft would remain attached to the station for five days.

Instead of solar wings, solar cells are on the spacecraft itself.

During the mission, SpaceX will test a variety of systems and components: the module's environmental control systems, solar arrays, electrical power systems, communication systems, propulsion systems and more.

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