Spaceflight ready to launch once again American astronauts on American rocket launch from American soil, crew dragon is designed to fly entirely autonomous throughout the full duration of its missions on that way to the international Space Station, including automated docking, de-orbit and landing procedures, but it has manual control systems in case anything should go wrong and the astronauts have to take over, it is an important step on our path to expand human exploration to the Moon and Mars.
The mission was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, but was postponed 16 minutes and 53 seconds prior to the launch due to bad weather caused by the Tropical Storm Bertha. It will now take astronauts 19 hours to reach their destination, the International Space Station (ISS), 400 kilometres above Earth. Here they will remain for one to four months, before they return to Earth.
This test is the first time the manual controls have been used in space, and is a key part of certifying Crew Dragon for regularly operational human flight. A new chapter in space exploration where private companies will have a bigger role to play. In an interview with Everyday Astronaut, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said a government monopoly in space exploration was not sustainable. Inviting private players is expected to exponentially bring down the cost of space travel.
The astronauts arrived at the launch site in a Tesla car, supplied by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s other company. They then rode an elevator up to the spacecraft at the top of the rocket, towering 70 meters above the ground.
Getting approval to launch from mission control, the spacecraft lifted off despite some inclement weather. The launch delayed from Wednesday, May 27, but weather cleared just enough this time for the launch to go ahead.
Hurley is the Spacecraft Commander for Demo-2
responsible for activities such as launch, landing and recovery. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and has completed two spaceflights. Meanwhile, veteran Air-force test pilot Bob Betaken became an astronaut in July, 2000. Activities such as rendezvous, docking, and unlocking are the responsibility of Behnken. He has completed two space shuttle flights in March 2008 and February 2010, and performed three spacewalks during each mission.