NASA astronaut Bob Behnken on arrival at the International space station (ISS), told about his feelings during the first crewed flight of Crew Dragon.
“Flying the Space Shuttle into orbit is pretty tough since it’s flying on solid-fuel boosters, and we expected that as the transition (Crew Dragon flight) by the second stage, everything would be much smoother than on the Shuttle, but Dragon was snorting and puffing all the way to orbit, and we were taking it to orbit,” Behnken said. According to him, this feeling caused surprise to both crew members.
According to Behnken, the flight of Crew Dragon to the separation of the vehicle from its carrier rocket “was not as smooth as that of the Shuttle.” “A little less overload, but a little more vividly, that’s how I would probably describe it,” the astronaut said.
Meanwhile, according to him, after entering orbit, the flight of the newest ship was smooth, and the crew was able to rest and sleep in the realm. According to Crew Dragon commander Doug Hurley, the astronauts consider themselves “lucky” for the chance to fly on the new ship.
The Crew Dragon launch was the first manned US launch since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program was completed. For the past nine years, American astronauts have flown to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. SpaceX developed Crew Dragon based on the reusable cargo ship Dragon under a contract with NASA, according to reports, its creation cost more than 3.4 billion dollars.