After failing to launch on May 27 due to poor weather conditions, SpaceX successfully launched the Crew Dragon Demo-2 on May 30, 2020, at 19:22:45 hours. This was the first time a private company has joined hands with NASA to send a manned flight to space.
After almost a decade, NASA was able to send a manned rocket to the ISS (International Space Station), from the historic grounds of The Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla.
Who Were the Two Astronauts Aboard the Flight?
The two American Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken took the SpaceX shuttle to space. While Douglas was the spacecraft commander, Behnken was the joint operations commander.
How Long Are They Going to Stay in Space?
The Demo-2 mission is scheduled for 110 earth days. The spaceship which launched from the Kennedy Space Center will dock with the International Space Station upon reaching the desired orbit. They will meet with the crew members of Expedition 63; Ivan Vagner, Anatoly Ivanishin, and Chris Cassidy.
Their mission is to test the completely validate the SpaceX equipment that is used in the manned mission. Once it passed all the tests SpaceX will receive its crewed-rated certificate for the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket.
They will be up in the ISS until the late of August. However, the exact duration of their stay will only be confirmed once they reach the dock with the International Space Station.
The docking responsibilities will be carried out by Behnken and Hurley is responsible for the launching and the landing of the Crew Dragon. Once the mission is finished the astronauts will undock the Crew Dragon and enter the earth’s surface guided by the autonomous system by SpaceX along with Hurley’s guidance. It would use the parachute to slowly land in the Atlantic.
What This Mission Holds For SpaceX?
It is the final mission with NASA which would see them get a legal certificate to carry out all further NASA space launches shortly. Musk even has plans for space tourism for people. If everything goes accordingly then it would be a historic and significant moment for SpaceX and NASA as well.