Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Built Capsule With a Dummy Aboard Docks at Space Station

Built Capsule With a Dummy Aboard Docks at Space Station

The corporate's Crew Dragon spacecraft headed to house atop one in every of its personal Falcon 9 rockets early Saturday morning within the first true take a look at of the crew module that may quickly ferry astronauts to and from the Worldwide Area Station. As CNN famous, there was additionally a danger that it might harm the ISS.

The operation was overseen by the space station's three crew members, American Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko, who were able to command the Dragon to hold, retreat or abort the docking if necessary. They rushed there from Florida after watching the Dragon rocket into orbit early Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Dragon will detach itself from the space station next Friday and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean, its descent slowed by four parachutes.

While Crew Dragon is created to remain docked to the space station for up to 210 days, this test of the spacecraft will be much shorter, ending early Friday morning. The test run sought to demonstrate that the vehicle is reliable and safe, so that NASA can resume manned flights from United States soil this year. The test dummy - or Smarty as SpaceX likes to call it, given all the instrumentation - is named Ripley after the lead character in the science-fiction "Alien" films.

Like Ripley, the capsule is rigged with sensors to measure noise, vibration and stresses, and to monitor the life-support, propulsion and other critical systems throughout the flight. "The station crew can now go inside on the first American spacecraft to dock to the orbiting laboratory", Nasa wrote on Twitter.

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"Just super excited to see it", Behnken said minutes after the link-up.

Boeing aims to conduct the first test flight of its Starliner capsule in April, with astronauts on board possibly in August. "Just one more milestone that gets us ready for our flight coming up here".

Founded by billionaire Elon Musk, SpaceX has made the trip to the ISS a dozen times since 2012, but only to bring cargo to the station. He marvels at how the Dragon has just 30 buttons and touch screens, compared with the space shuttle cockpit's 2,000 switches and circuit breakers.

But Musk has admitted that marketing travel in the Dragon capsule is not a priority - and he is more interested in distant exploration of the solar system.

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