Sunday, March 3, 2019

SpaceX Crew Dragon with Unmanned Capsule Lifts Off for Space Station

   Early morning on Saturday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off with an unmanned crew capsule for the International Space Station (ISS). This is a key milestone to demonstrate the company's capabilities to safely transport astronauts as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
   The 4.9-metre-tall (16 foot) Crew Dragon capsule lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre at 2:49 a.m. EST carrying supplies, equipment and a test dummy nicknamed Ripley.
During its five-day stay aboard the ISS, U.S. astronaut Anne McClan and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will run tests to determine the condition of the Crew Dragon's cabin.
   “I almost thought we would fail. I thought maybe we’d have a 10 percent chance of reaching orbit starting out,” Elon Musk said of his feelings when he founded the space company in 2002.
   “I’m a little emotionally exhausted because that was super stressful, but it worked,” he told reporters after Saturday’s launch.
 
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