SpaceX’s Crew Dragon space ship docked to the ISS. This is the first such mission organized by a private company.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship docked with the International Space Station (ISS). The broadcast of this event could be seen on the company’s channel on YouTube
“The docking is confirmed, it took place at 10:17 Eastern Time (17:11 Moscow time)”, one of the company’s engineers said. He noted that at that moment the ISS was over Northern China and Mongolia.
Earlier, SpaceX first launched a spacecraft with astronauts to the ISS. If the launch is considered successful, it will allow the United States to send its missions without the help of Roscosmos. Now SpaceX is the first private company to carry out a manned flight. NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken will stay on the ISS from 6 to 16 weeks. The launch was a success the second time – on May 27, SpaceX rescheduled the flight due to bad weather.
On launch day, NASA also stated that the probability of flying was 50%; bad weather could have prevented it. Nevertheless, the launch took place – Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken will spend 19 hours in space before they dock with the ISS. SpaceX has already reported that the launch vehicle with which astronauts launched into space has returned to Earth.