SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule Will Lift-Off atop Falcon 9 Rocket on Saturday

On Saturday, the United States will take one step close to its crucial mission for ferrying astronauts from American land. The new capsule is SpaceX’s first craft designed to carry people to space. Recently NASA announced it had approved SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for a test launch. The space agency also permitted to dock with the ISS. So SpaceX will finally have an opportunity to achieve its goal on 2nd March partially. Test’s success will prove that Crew Dragon is a proficient craft that can safely lift-up from Earth and dock to the orbiting laboratory. Though the capsule is capable of carrying passengers, no members will be on board. That’s because it is a test flight and an unscrewed mission. The space agency calls it as Demonstration-1 or DM-1.

NASA says the capsule consists of different types of equipment and cameras mainly designed to collect data throughout its trip. It will carry about 400 pounds of cargo and have an identical weight of future crewed capsules. NASA is specifically concerned about DM-1. It is difficult to believe, but the fact is the U.S. cannot deliver its astronauts into space. The space agency relies on foreign partners like Russian Soyuz since the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. Thus Crew Dragon is an essential part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Another aerospace company Boeing is also in a rivalry to develop capsules for the same. But after five years of hard work and development, SpaceX is a pioneer to put its vehicle in space. If things go well, the next mission could be a crewed mission to ISS in Crew Dragon.

On early Saturday an unscrewed Crew Dragon will initiate its journey to the ISS atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 02:48 a.m. ET. The space agency said the test should be successful; it will be the first time a commercially developed American rocket with spacecraft designed primarily for humans will launch to the space station. Researchers predict the very early launch time will make it easy for the capsule to dock with the ISS on its orbit. The weather conditions are favorable, so there are 80% chances that the test will not be affected by climate.

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