NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley’s launch from America is a historic step in the world of space exploration.
For the first time in history a private rocket company SpaceX has sent two NASA astronauts into orbit.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp, better known as SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk, engineer, industrial designer and technology entrepreneur, 18 years ago in 2002.
SpaceX was started with the goal of reducing space transformation costs and so as to allow colonisation of Mars.
SpaceX has developed several launch vehicles since then.
They built the Falcon 1 in 2008, the first privately funded liquid-propellant rocket to reach orbit.
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to send astronauts to the International Space Station.
Astronauts Behnken and Hurley launched at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center as part of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.
The spacecraft used, Dragon 2 is a class of reusable spacecraft developed and manufactured by SpaceX. The spacecraft has a dry mass of 9,525 kg and has a maximum payload capacity of 6,000 kg(to orbit). Equipped with with four main parachutes, it is capable of ocean landings.
The vehicle used for the Demo-2 mission named Endeavour serial C206, is the first vehicle after the completion of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, to carry American astronauts from into space from American Soil.
With, the successful launch of Endeavour, a new era of human spaceflight is to begin, as SpaceX has shown what a private space company, given the adequate resources can do.
“This is a dream come true for me and everyone at SpaceX,” said Elon Musk, who is looking to revolutionise transportation in both space and Earth.
His automobile company Tesla, is now the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles in the World. Elon also mentioned that the successful launch was the culmination of hard work of the SpaceX team, by NASA and by a number of other partners in the process of making this happen.
NASA is looking forward to such Public-Private partnerships, and the success of SpaceX has started the journey.
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with SpaceX and Boeing to develop cost effective human transportation systems to low earth orbit.
If transportation of humans and cargo to the low earth orbit is made easy and efficient, it will also pave the way for larger missions to the Moon and other planets. Space Transportation is sure to