SpaceX first launched Crew Dragon – a ship without people, but with a Ripley mannequin

Flight under the NASA program in order to replace the Russian ships for the delivery of astronauts and cargo to the ISS.

Ship Crew Dragon Frame from live broadcast SpaceX

SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon ship, on board of which there are no people, but there is a dummy. The ship is included in the NASA program called Commercial Crew Development – it was the first way after the shuttles to get to the ISS without the help of Russian missiles. The live broadcast went on the SpaceX channel.

The launch took place at 10:49 Moscow time from the launch complex 39A at Cape Canaveral launch site. A few minutes after the start, the reusable first stage returned to Earth. On board the Crew Dragon was a mannequin with dozens of sensors, which was named after the heroine of the film “Alien” Ellen Ripley. NASA also placed in the capsule about 180 kilograms of equipment and materials for the space station crew.

The most dangerous part of the flight of the capsule will be the docking with the ISS, which will be the first automatic docking for the new station gateway installed in 2016. NASA and Roskosmos have agreed to evacuate the crew of the American segment of the station in the Russian segment, if something goes wrong.

Dragon Crew is a manned version of the Dragon capsule, which is being developed by SpaceX. In contrast to the Soyuz, it can deliver seven crew members to the ISS, not three. After docking with the ISS, the ship will spend almost a week in orbit and return to Earth.

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