Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully completes docking test with ISS

NASA chose to retire the space shuttle program back in 2011, and American astronauts are tied to the schedule of the Russian Soyuz launches. "This first launch of a space system designed for humans, and built and operated by a commercial company through a public-private partnership, is a revolutionary step on our path to get humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond".

The test launch was the first of several that will take place this year for both SpaceX and Boeing, the two commercial partners with NASA.

SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked at the International Space Station yesterday, bringing the United States company one step closer to its goal of sending people into space.

The weekend was a big one for space fans and enthusiasts in the US.

A dummy named Ripley is onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during liftoff Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The next stage of the mission also went without a hitch when astronauts on the ISS opened the hatch to the spacecraft.

The Demo-1 uncrewed flight test will demonstrate the company's capability to safely propel an organization to the space station and make them return home.

A new experiment planned for launch to the space station in August 2022 will, for the first time, gather global observations of an important driver of space weather in our upper atmosphere.

SpaceX said the spacesuit for Ripley, apparently a reference to the protagonist in the science fiction movie "Alien", has been embedded with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human.

After the capsule docked with the ISS, the astronauts were able to board the spacecraft.

But Musk has admitted that marketing travel in the Dragon capsule is not a priority - and he is more interested in distant exploration of the solar system.

Saint-Jacques tweeted about the experience monitoring Crew Dragon's "first-ever approach and docking" to the space station, hailing it as "the dawn of a new era in human spaceflight!" SpaceX employees at company headquarters in Hawthorne, California, cheered the docking, then burst into applause again when the Dragon's latches were secured.

"Just super excited to see it", Behnken said minutes after the linkup. It was in 2011 when NASA lost such ability after it retired its space shuttle fleet.

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