Elon Musk’s Crew Dragon Successfully Docked the ISS on Saturday

SpaceX’s new capsule automatically docked to the ISS within 48 hours of launching to orbit. The Crew Dragon was present in orbit since 3 AM ET Saturday. Crew Dragon accomplished the final stage of its historic first journey at 5:51 ET through a soft capture. While docking the station was 418km above New Zealand. The astronauts present on board of the ISS opened the hatch after 8 AM. The success of the mission plays a vital role in SpaceX and NASA. The previous Dragon 1 capsule required the station’s robotic arm to catch the capsule and drag it to the docking port. Crew Dragon automatically docked the ISS without the help of crew aboard and the robotic arm during supply missions.

It is a crucial event for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Now the space agency owns the project to replace the retired Space Shuttle. The SpaceX capsule is ready to return to Earth, and it would plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on 8th March. After this victory, NASA will be able to ferry astronauts to space by itself. Hereafter, the space agency will not require the help of its international associates for carrying astronauts to the ISS. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, felt proud and congratulated the space agency and SpaceX teams for their success. Bridenstine said this first test flight designed primarily for humans, an outcome of public-private partnership, is a revolutionary move. Now the agency can get humans beyond the Moon and Mars.

Crew Dragon will remain on the ISS for the first five days, which is a part of an unscrewed test mission. As per BBC’s reports, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said it should be fine, but the capsule should safely re-enter Earth. If the mission goes well in further testing, another task, Demo-2 is ready to dock ISS. In July the capsule will ferry two astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, to the space station. On the other hand, Boeing lags behind in the race of Commercial Crew Program. The aerospace company is working on its own space vehicle, CST-100 Starliner craft. It has to launch an unscrewed test yet, but it cannot do so before April.

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