Space: NASA and SpaceX usher in a new space age by launching private Crew Dragon spacecraft with astronauts
NASA and the SpaceX company have launched this Sunday from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) the Crew-1 mission with
four astronauts bound for the International Space Station
(ISS), after a takeoff that took place at 19.27 hours (00.27 GMT). Monday, 1.27 in Spain).
"All systems are ready for launch tonight," SpaceX said this Sunday on its Twitter account, adding that they are attentive to the weather conditions and after yesterday the weather outlook was 50% in favor.
"The main meteorological concerns for the launch have been
cumulus clouds and associated precipitation
, along with electric fields from the heavier rains," NASA noted, as the weather outlook for the
Falcon 9 reusable rocket
with the Dragon capsule
were 50% in favor.
The astronauts of what is the first manned operational mission of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS), the Americans
Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, and the Japanese Soichi Noguchi,
have headed towards the launch pad 39A from Kennedy Space Center around 4 p.m. local time.
Crew-1 was scheduled to take off on Saturday night, but NASA and SpaceX decided to
postpone the launch due to bad weather
after the tropical phenomenon Eta this week, which after hitting Central America crossed north Florida before continuing on. the Atlantic.
According to the mission managers, the weather conditions
did not offer guarantees that the maritime platform that should receive the Falcon 9 rocket will
reach its position in the Atlantic Ocean.
Part of the rocket is scheduled to be used again in the next manned mission to NASA's space station and SpaceX
Once separated from the rocket, the Dragon capsule, christened Resilience for this mission, will arrive at the ISS around 11:00 p.m. on Monday (4:00 GMT on Tuesday), where the astronauts will be received by
, from NASA, and the Russians.
Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
This is the first of at least six missions that SpaceX will conduct to the ISS under a
$ 2.6 billion
contract signed with NASA in 2014, which includes manned and other cargo flights.
said Friday that the ultimate goal of missions like Crew-1 is "to have more resources to do things that there is not yet a commercial market for, like going to the Moon and Mars under the sun. Artemis program ".
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