For the first time in history, SpaceX sent a private spacecraft Dragon-2 (Crew Dragon) into space. A mannequin named Ripley, named after the heroine of the film “Alien”, flew to the ISS on it.
The launch vehicle Falcon 9 and the spacecraft Dragon-2, Florida, March 1, 2019. (Photo by NASA | Joel Kowsky):
Crew Dragon is based on the cargo ship Dragon, which has made flights to the ISS since 2012. The device is designed for a crew of seven people. (Photo by NASA | Joel Kowsky)
Above — the spacecraft Dragon-2. (Photo by NASA | Joel Kowsky):
(Photo by NASA | Joel Kowsky):
The Falcon 9 launch vehicle launched from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 6:49 UTC. Some time after the launch, its first step landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean, and Crew Dragon was successfully launched into orbit. (Photo by NASA | Joel Kowsky):
This flight was made in unmanned mode, and the first manned flight was scheduled for July of this year. (Photo by Chuck Palmer):
The United States stopped sending astronauts into space in 2011, after the Shuttle program was completed. Since then, Americans have been flying on the ISS on the Russian Soyuz. But soon everything will change. (Photo by Eric Pearce):