SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ‘Endeavor’successfully docked with the International Space Station as intended on Sunday early morning, marking another key turning point during this historical Commercial Crew presentation objective it’s carrying out with NASA. On board Crew Dragon were NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the test pilots selected to be the very first ever people to fly on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, and the very first individuals ever to make the journey to orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a personal business.
The docking procedure was dealt with completely autonomously by Crew Dragon itself, which is developed by SpaceX to run on auto-pilot from the moment of launch throughout the course of the whole mission. The spacecraft is able to dock with a more recent automatic international docking adapter installed on the ISS, unlike the initial freight variation of Dragon, which needed manual capture by the robotic Canadarm 2 controlled by astronauts on the station. The upgraded cargo Dragon and Crew Dragon are developed to work with the new automated system.
Hurley and Behnken went for 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT) on Saturday, taking off from Cape Canaveral in Florida as prepared. It was the second launch attempt for this mission, after weather condition triggered a delay last Wednesday. This mission is NASA and SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Demo-2, which is the second demonstration mission of the full flight and return of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, one of two lorries commissioned by NASA from industrial partners to provide transport serves for astronauts to and from the Space Station.
Crossing this milestone implies that essentially the very first half of the objective has been completed successfully– so far, SpaceX has actually shown that the launch process works as created, as does manual control (the astronauts took control of and ran 2 tests of that system), and automated docking.
Next up, with the spacecraft connected to the ISS, the hatch will open and Hurley and Behnken will cross through to the Space Station, where they’ll be greeted by its three astronauts. Hurley and Behnken will then carry out basic ISS crew activities, including conducing experiments and research, throughout the next a number of weeks before they climb up back into Crew Dragon for the final part of Demo-2– the journey back to Earth.