Today, May 30, at 10:22 p.m. Kyiv time, SpaceX will make a second attempt to launch the Crew Dragon with two American astronauts on board.
This is the first manned test flight of a private company to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch of the Crew Dragon spaceship from Cape Canaveral in Florida should be provided by the Falcon 9 rocket.
The spaceship is used to deliver to the ISS two American astronauts, Bob Benken and Doug Hurley.
According to the plan, a few minutes after the launch, the first step that departed from the Falcon 9 should land on the SpaceX floating landing pad in the ocean. The platform will "float" near the cosmodrome.
The flight itself will last 19 hours.
SpaceX developed the Crew Dragon ship under a contract with NASA, the US aerospace agency. The spacecraft of this series are planned to be used to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. The first launch of Crew Dragon was made in March 2019, then the ship successfully reached the ISS in unmanned mode and returned to Earth.
It is known that this event will have several important aspects at once:
This is the first manned flight of the SpaceX, because before that it sent only cargo to space, and not people;
This is a test for the Crew Dragon spacecraft that SpaceX has been preparing for NASA for several years.
Since July 8, 2011, the United States has not launched shuttles from its territory, and all flights to the ISS were carried out jointly with Russia, so Elon Musk and his company resume sending people into space.
We recall that the first launch attempt failed on May 27 due to bad weather conditions.