Falcon 9 rocket with the manned spacecraft Crew Dragon c NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on Board started from the 39th launch complex of the Space center named after John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Florida to the International space station (ISS), according to SpaceX.
Produced may 30 at 22:22 Moscow time the launch to the ISS was the second for Crew Dragon and the first passing crew on Board. The docking of the Crew Dragon and the ISS should take place after about 19 hours after launch. In earth orbit the spacecraft will stay from one to four months depending on the condition of the solar panels, Crew Dragon, then Behnken and Hurley needs to go back to Earth.
The main goal of the mission is called Crew Dragon test vehicle systems and crew readiness to work with him. Successful completion of the mission the spacecraft will mean the loss of “Roscosmos” monopoly in delivering people to the ISS that existed from July 2011, when NASA made a last flight under program Space Shuttle.
Initially, the start-up scheduled for may 27 at 23:33 Moscow time, was postponed due to nepodhodit weather conditions.
In may of 2019 to the ISS was first launched (unmanned) space ship Cockpit of the Boeing company, which is due to problems with the software is not able to reach the space station, however, successfully returned to Earth.
The first (unmanned) test launch Crew company SpaceX Dragon to the ISS took place in March of the same year.
In September 2014, the American SpaceX and Boeing were named winners of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability, involving the creation in the United States manned spacecraft to fly into orbit.
Since 2011, people are delivered to the ISS only Russian manned spacecraft series “the Union”. The corresponding contract between NASA and Roscosmos, involving the delivery to the ISS, one astronaut $ 90 million, expires in October 2020.
Video, photo All from Russia.