The crew of the ship was nicknamed Resilience. Since 2011, American astronauts have been delivered to orbit exclusively by Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Four astronauts on the Crew Dragon ship last Sunday went to the International space station (ISS). The event was broadcast on the National Aeronautics and space administration of the United States (NASA).
On Board, the ship is four: Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker and an astronaut from the japan aerospace exploration Agency (JAXA) Soichi Noguchi. The ship’s crew was called Resilience.
The Falcon 9 rocket, owned by the US Company SpaceX, went to the ISS at 19: 27 US time. Place of departure – the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. Initially, the ship’s launch was planned for November 14, but weather conditions prevented sending the rocket to the ISS in time.
The astronauts are expected to land on the ISS at 23:00 on Monday, US time. The crew will spend six months in orbit.
The first rocket in 9 years
Since 2011, NASA has stopped launching American space shuttles, a program in the United States since 1969. The space shuttles were designed for the repeated transport of goods. Thus, since 2011, the only “transport “to the ISS was the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
The launch of Crew Dragon is the first crewed flight in nine years to launch from American territory, preceded only by a test launch that took place from May to August this year.