SpaceX launched astronauts for the first time on Friday in a repurposed Crew Dragon capsule.

It is already the third time that the space company of Elon Musk has brought people to the space station ISS.

These are the highlights of SpaceX over the years.

February 6, 2018:

Falcon Heavy heavy rocket launch

On this day, SpaceX successfully launched its heavy-duty and reusable Falcon Heavy rocket.

The set consists of three Falcon 9 missiles, which return to Earth on their own and land upright on platforms on land and in the sea after completing their target.

Two missiles landed successfully within 15 minutes of launch, but the central missile did not make it.

The launch of the Falcon Heavy caused a breakthrough in space travel costs.

The rocket can bring a payload of 63,800 kilograms into low Earth orbit.

A payload of about 16,800 kilograms will make it to Mars and a payload of 3,500 kilograms must be able to reach Pluto.

That is considerably more than missiles from competing companies could lift.

In addition, launches at SpaceX are much cheaper due to the reusable rockets.


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May 30, 2020: First commercial astronaut launch to the ISS

SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon capsule on this day with two American astronauts on board.

This launch was historic: not only was it the first time since 2011 that US astronauts have taken off from US soil, it was also the first ever commercial astronaut launch to the International Space Station (ISS).

On board were astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley.


SpaceX launches first manned commercial flight to ISS

November 16, 2020: First 'operational' astronaut flight

On this day, SpaceX launched the first successful 'operational' flight of the manned Crew Dragon capsule.

The first flight, in May, was seen as a demonstration.

Only two astronauts were there at the time.

This flight, with four astronauts, was the first real SpaceX-launched "expedition" to the ISS.

On board were three American astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, as well as Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.


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April 23, 2021: First launch in recycled capsule

SpaceX launched astronauts for the first time on Friday in a repurposed Crew Dragon capsule.

Four astronauts from three different countries are currently en route to the space station ISS.

On board the Crew Dragon capsule this time are NASA Commander Shane Kimbrough and Pilot Megan McArthur.

She is the wife of Robert Behnken, the astronaut who went to space in the same capsule last year.

Japanese mission specialist Akihiko Hoshide and French mission specialist Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency (ESA) are also on board.

The astronauts probably won't return to Earth until the end of this year.