Launching American astronauts to the International Space Station on American-made rocket and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle last flown nearly 9 years ago - NASA and SpaceX Demo 2 Mission
Two astronauts are getting ready for their journey.
Astronaut Doug Hurley getting into his spacesuit and he's being helped by one of the suit technicians.
NASA administrator Jim Breidenstein talking to the crew and associated administrator Jim Morhard is also in the room standing next to the Administrator Jim Breidenstein.
NASA administrator is getting selfies with two astronauts. These are great moments to get last chance to talk to the senior leadership of NASA as they're about to go off and launch into the cosmos.
Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken are coming out from the astronaut crew quarters, (Doug on the left, Bob on the right) waving to the crowd there to cheer them on.
There are their families in front of them, giving virtual hugs and kisses to each other - special moments with family members.
Getting into the Tesla Model X that's going to take them to the launchpad being strapped into their seats - their suit techs are attaching their umbilicals.
Tesla model x is speeding up to the launch pad.
Passing the SpaceX company.
The Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon are on the pad - ready to go up.
Doug and Bob are gotten out of the car and they are walking up to the elevator that will carry them all the way to the 255-foot level - corn countdown one at two hours 56 minutes the crew has arrived at the pad on schedule.
The crew has arrived at the pad - they make their way up the stairs and they are headed to the crew access arm.
They climbed into Dragon and buckled and settled themselves into the seats and attached their umbilicals to their suits. They're in down position just to make it easier to climb in and out of Dragon - seats are in the launch position.
Falcon 9 is in the startup. FTS (Flight Termination System) is armed for launch. The countdown has started.
Ignition- Liftoff- the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon just started the journey.
America has launched. The rise of a new era of space flight.
30 seconds into the historic mission.
Throttling down the Merlin engines on the first stage. Falcon stage separation confirmed.
The second stage - Bob and Doug continuing to make their way into orbit - Dragon separation confirmed at 12 minutes after the launch. Dragon is now officially making its way to the Internation Space Station.
A great view from a camera behind the astronauts - Bob on the right-hand seat, the pilot seat, and Doug in the commander seat.
Doug and Bob are calling from the Dragon.
Docking Day - 31.05.2020
A new day has risen. Our beautiful Earth - view from the Dragon
The two astronauts brought the apatosaurus of both of their sons who are super interested in dinosaurs. They collected up all dinosaurs between the two houses and this apatosaur got the vote from the boys to make the trip into space with them.
Bob said that both of their sons are pretty happy about that with their pet dinosaur making it into orbit and having a good night in zero gravity.
Dragon is approaching waypoint zero - slow (1.7 meters per second ) and a steady approach to the station - this moment was less than a mile away from the station.
Trajectory has converged on - Dragon pointed in the right direction on its way to that waypoint. And crews on the International Space station is ready for their docking. The gap is about 4 minutes of space.
It's 7:16 am Pacific time with the station and the Dragon flying 262 statute miles right over the border between Northern China and Mongolia. The Dragon SpaceX docking sequence is complete. Dragon is arriving - the crew of ISS is honored to welcome Dragon.
Bob and Doug were welcome to the International Space Station - docking of the first crew Dragon vehicle for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle. They have completed a historic ride to the ISS and have opened up a new chapter in human space exploration on behalf of the flight control teams in Houston and Hawthorne California.
At 12:02 p.m Central time, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley opened the hatch to the ISS after launching on a US vehicle for the first time in 9 years - the first time ever commercially built spacecraft.
In this picture, you can see the Bob Behnken from SpaceX demo 2 mission entering the International Space Station. And followed by Doug Hurley.
Demo 2 crew now at the International Space Station - they entered at 12:22 p.m Central time - Exchanging hugs and greeting with the ISS crew.
All gathered in front of the cameras at the node to forward end of the International Space Station - just behind them is the hatchway to the crew Dragon on his Demo 2 mission. And talking to the NASA Administrator and crew.
NASA administrator gives his greetings to Bob and Doug saying the whole world saw this mission and that they are so proud of everything they have done for the country and in fact to inspire the world.
Doug Hurley said that he appreciates it and it's obviously been their honor to be just a small part of the mission and gave credits to SpaceX the commercial crew program and to NASA. And he further said it's great to get the United States back in the crude launch business and that they're really glad to be on board this magnificent complex.
NASA administrator Jim Breidenstein gave the microphone to the senator Cruz and he added, "well, Congratulations gentlemen, the eyes of the world are upon you and everyone is proud of you. All of America is watching you. We're glad to see it landed safely and docked. "
Finally, the NASA team took group photos with the International Space Station crew and Dragon crew, viewing on the screen behind them.
SpaceX, the rocket company own by Elon Musk, the billionaire, created to fulfill his dream of sending colonists to Mars, launched a Falcon 9 rocket, featuring a Crew Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts on board. SpaceX is also the first private company to achieve a goal, putting men into space, that only nations have achieved until now. The space station voyage was the first from America since the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AMzirRpaEo[/embedyt] Two American astronauts departed at 3:22 p.m. from the same Florida launchpad that used to serve Apollo missions and space shuttles. The rocket and spacecraft designed and run not by NASA but by SpaceX.
The audience including President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence watched and cheered as the countdown ticked to zero, and the Falcon 9 rocket rumbled to air. Millions of people worldwide were watching the launch online and on TV, many of them in their homes from quarantine.
The Crew Dragon
The Falcon 9 was bearing a capsule with the Crew Dragon, directed by SpaceX staff in control centers in Florida and Hawthorne, Calif. The assignation with the International Space Station was arranged to have on Sunday morning. The two astronauts, Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley selected by NASA along with a group of their colleagues as first customers of space capsules manufactured by private companies.
The Significant Rendezvous
The spacecraft docked at the International Space Station and completed the first phase of its 19 hours journey. At 1:22 p.m. the two astronauts, the Crew Dragon, exchanging greetings and hugs with the three astronauts already on the space station. This Crew Dragon test flight maybe a squeeze journey to certify that the shuttle meets NASA’s needs and security guidelines in arrange to begin schedule trips taking astronauts to and from the space station. Mr. Behnken and Mr. Hurley had to wait nearly three hours longer because the air pressure was evened up within their capsule and the station, no air leakage was confirmed, and the capsule was hooked into the station power grids.
Before Mr. Behnken and Mr. Hurley return to Earth in the Crew Dragon, the current mission will not be a complete success. That they named Endeavour, the same name as the former spacecraft on which both men flew and the British sailing ship under James Cook 's command as he researched the Pacific.
A drop of Elon Musk
Elon Musk is an engineer, industrial designer, and innovative entrepreneur. He is a South African, Canadian, and US citizen. And also early investor CEO and product architect of Tesla, the founder, CEO, and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX, founder of The Boring Company, co-founder of Neuralink, and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI- the Artificial Intelligence Company. In 2018, He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).
He was ranked 21st on The World's Most Powerful People's Forbes list in December 2016 and was ranked joint-first on the Forbes list of the 2019 Most Innovative Leaders. As of May 2020, he has a net worth of $36.5 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 31st-richest person in the world. He is the longest-tenured Chief executive of almost any manufacturer of automobiles worldwide.
Mr. Musk, a 48-year-old South African who started SpaceX with mere knowledge of rockets. Mr. Musk when he was in his 20s, was chief executive of PayPal, creating his 1st fortune once eBay purchased that company. He chose an idealistic challenge as the subject of his new wealth: delivering a little greenhouse to Mars.
How SpaceX has started
Since rockets were too costly in the United States, he headed to Russia to purchase the launch of a transformed Russian ballistic missile. Unable to reach an agreement with the Russians, Mr. Musk turned to Jim Cantrell, an aviation advisor accompanying him on the tour, and to Michael D. Griffin, who would eventually become NASA's administrator, and said he felt they could create the rockets themselves. He established SpaceX in 2002. First-ever three attempts of his Falcon 1 rocket were unsuccessful. With one more failure, SpaceX could have buried with other failure rocket launches.
The fourth Falcon 1 successfully made it into orbit. SpaceX was among the two companies chosen by NASA, and contributions from the Space Agency supported Mr. Musk build the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule, which developed into a Crew Dragon spacecraft now headed straight to the Space Station.
Tasks of Crew Dragon
As for now, Mr. Behnken and Mr. Hurley have an open-ended stay in orbit. The Crew Dragon test flight was initially planned to last just a few weeks, allowing the astronauts to test out versatility of the spacecraft including act as a shelter in case of an emergency.
However, there have been setbacks in accomplishing tasks on the spacecraft, along with another which NASA is relying on for astronaut transport, the Boeing Starliner capsule. As a consequence, the space station actually has only three astronauts on board, Mr. Cassidy and two Russians, Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin, restricting how much scientific work can indeed be performed. Mr. Behnken and Mr. Hurley will indeed help with renovation tasks such as spacewalks in the installation of new lithium-ion batteries that have just arrived in a Japanese cargo ship.
Currently, the Crew Dragon is space approved for up to four months. The solar panels of the spacecraft slowly degrade over time, and the concern is that if it is docked quite long, the panels will not be able to produce sufficient power to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in a safe way. However, during the next few weeks, astronauts will regularly turn on the Crew Dragon and test it out. If the solar arrays turn out to be more robust than anticipated, the task could be prolonged over four months.
Future Missions for Crew Dragon
Since no significant issues occur over this space mission, NASA will use this flight data to verify that the Crew Dragon is qualified for regular missions to the space station. The next Crew Dragon mission is to send out four astronauts: three from NASA and the other from the Japanese Space Agency. It's the first operational mission to be carried out. But Mr. Behnken and Mr. Hurley were the first to get there. Mr. Hurley said that they were just the lucky guys who got to fly the rocket that historic day.
Falcon 9 has returned to terra firms after the historic launch
After launching two astronauts to orbit on Crew Dragon, About 9 minutes after liftoff Falcon 9 landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" SpaceX drone ship which was stationed a few hundred miles off the Florida coast. And returned to Port Canaveral with the rocket secured to its deck on Tuesday, June 2nd.
Even though we can not conclude that the exact booster will be flying once more, however, SpaceX had not revealed its destruction yet. And the company may likely choose to retain it as a legendary artifact. The first Falcon 9 first phase that ever landed successfully now stands outside SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California uses as an example.