Only three states of history managed to send people into space. This list will not change in the near future, but the US will soon begin writing a new chapter. The first time a private company – SpaceX and Boeing – is sent into space. Before a man is sitting on a ship, he must try it in unmanned mode.
We are updating the article with new information.
Thursday 23.10: on board the Dragon will be a mannequin with sensors. She has a name Ripley (according to Ellen Ripley of the movie Alien). There will also be cameras inside, so let's see the beginning as the crew will see.
Thursday 10.10 pm: NASA is going through a "pre-briefing" on a future mission. He will go:
- Demonstration of various systems in orbit (avionics, ISS connections, communications, telemetry, environmental systems in boats, solar panels, electrical systems, drive and maneuvers)
- Validation of navigation and control systems Falcon and Dragon at the beginning, circulation and return.
- Determination of noise and vibration levels.
Thursday 9:50 pm: The Falcon 9 rocket launcher with Dragon Crew escapes from the hangar, and Cape Canaveral, Florida, heads towards the LC-39A startups complex. See the photos in the gallery.
If there are no further delays, the Falcon 9 rocket must be removed March 2 at 8:48 am Crew of our time Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) to travel to the International Space Station.
The start will take place from the LC-39A complex in Cape Canaveral. The US space shuttle departed from the same ramp. In the summer of 2011, they retired and the US was left without its own spaceship ever since.
In a station the day after
In the DM-1 demo mission, Dragon automatically connects to the ISS to the docking node in the PMA-2 module. This will happen on Sunday, just before noon of our time.
The crew then unloads 180 kg of material from the ship. The return to Earth is due on March 8. The dragon lands the crew on the parachute ocean.
SpaceX was originally planning to leave this retro style and land on a platform similar to a helipad with engines. However, homologation of a similar solution would require more time, so it was abandoned.
Aboard 7 Astronauts
The company has experience with ISS flights. Since 2012, the unmanned version of the Dragon is being stored. As the only one who can return to Earth. The Crew Dragon will consist of a taxi for 7 astronauts – only a four-member crew will fly at maximum.
A nasal cone is attached to the cab to protect the coupling adapter. The third part is a cylindrical trunk. It includes solar panels, heat dissipating radiators and also provides aerodynamic stability if an accident occurs during the start. In that case, the ship would have taken the SuperDraco engines.
The trunk does not return to Earth. The crew discards it before entering the atmosphere.
In early January, all of the Falcon 9 with the Crew Dragon was first exported to the starting ramp. She returned again on January 24, when the static ignition of the Falcon 9 rocket occurred.
Another Dragon flight will be piloted
If the DM-1 mission works smoothly, it will be followed by a DM-2 mission in the summer. Onboard will be experienced astronauts Robert Behnken one Doug Hurley. A recovery system test will run before. SpaceX uses the cabin for the DM-1 mission.
NASA has ordered additional seats in Sojuzech
At the ISS, only Russian Soyuz transports the crew today. On the seat, Americans pay tens of millions of dollars to Russia. NASA has reserved seats for the end of this year and early next year.
He must rely on the fact that the first private boat trips will not be a problem, or he will not be able to follow the schedule of flights. The crew of the station changes at half a year intervals. After Crew Dragon, the second private spacecraft – Boeing Starliner – will fly in a few weeks.