SpaceX launches the Crew Dragon Capsule into Space
Elon Musk set up his aerospace firm SpaceX in 2002. The firm was established keeping in mind Elon’s vision. Well, since it was to reduce transportation costs to space with the aim to colonize Mars. Based in Hawthorne California, houses over 7,000 employees today. The company is considered the most successful private space flight company around with many launch vehicles. So, in one of their projects, they created the Dragon Capsule. The capsule was the first cargo spacecraft to recover successfully from its venture into space. Now, Dragon 2 is out and it is even better! So today, the Dragon capsule is modified to take humans into space and now, Space X’s Crew Dragon just took flight with the first Americans in over a decade to launch into space from American soil.
The capsule carries two NASA astronauts – veterans Bob Behnken and Doug Harley. The two will go to the International Space Station. The capsule is automated and will take and bring back the astronauts in its time.
Spirits are high as the space travelers prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.
SpaceX launches the first Spacecraft from America in over a decade.
So, the launch in itself was a pretty mesmerizing sight. Elon Musk‘s Company SpaceX has worked for over a decade on this project. The Crew Dragon has more of a gum-drop shape. They used Flacon 9 to launch the two fliers into space. It did not take long for the rocket to drop the capsule into the orbit. Only about, 12 minutes. The launch was broadcast live all over the world at 3:22 PM ET, on May 27th. The chief engineer of the Crew Dragon from SpaceX also thanked the two astronauts once they were in the orbit.
Bob and Doug, on behalf of the entire launch team, thanks for flying with Falcon 9 today. We hope you enjoyed the ride and wish you a great mission.
This is a crucial moment for Elon Musk’s company as this decides whether or not they can become the first aerospace company to regularly transport NASA astronauts to and from the Space Station. So, we do hope that the mission works out well for SpaceX.