When Elo Musk, with the help of NASA, opened space for private business on Saturday, two senior astronauts first shot into orbit on a manned commercial spacecraft.
The Historical Demo-2 mission Wednesday was scrapped due to bad weather, but Saturday afternoon went off without any hindrance.
Musk and President Donald Trump, co-founders of electric auto maker Tesla, assembled at Cape Canaveral, and the Falcon 9 rocket was exploded by senior NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule on the International Space Station.
This is the first time since 2011 that the U.S. They were the first crew for spaceX and the first spacecraft manned from the soil. Just a day after SpaceX’s Starship N4 prototype, a new spacecraft Musk is building, Its test position has exploded in Boca Chica, Texas.
Musk launched SpaceX in 2002, to deliver cheap space travel and to fulfill his long-held dream of sending humans to Mars one day.
“NASA has abandoned it so far, it’s difficult for them to retreat,” Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell told the Post. “But there is a lot riding on privatizing the space program.”
McDowell said that Musk’s success means that NASA does not have to worry about itself on the mundane space flight, and “can focus on another trip to the moon and beyond.”
Musk’s brand Cape Canaveral was everywhere on Saturday, not just in his Crew Dragon capsule.
Hurley, 53, and Behanken, 49, were taken to the famed Bad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Tesla, which showed the Bond-esque black-and-white spaces that had existed for years.
Jos பெ Fernandez, a Hollywood costume designer who worked on “Batman v. Superman,” “The Avengers” and the X-Men sequel “X2,” created a prototype for the lawsuit. He told Sleep magazine in 2016 The Musk kept saying, “Anyone, in any shape or form, looks good in a tux.”
In 2014, NASA chose SpaceX as one of two companies (Boeing the other) to fly astronaut taxi missions to the space station. The Crew Dragon is an unmanned version of SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft, an unmanned vehicle that has been used by ISS since 2012.
The demo-2 mission was the first time a private company injected humans into space. Until now it was the province of governments in the U.S., China and Russia. SpaceX’s plan is also important in Trump’s promise to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.
Astronauts are being outspoken about how much they love the elegant new spacecraft.
“This is something we dreamed of when we were new [astronaut candidates] – Something other than space shuttle flying, ” Said Behanken. “It’s not possible by the time we get to the astronaut’s office … so I think we’re living the dream.”
SpaceX is finally relieving NASA’s reliance on Russian rockets as the only way to get to the space station since the shuttle program ended in 2011.