Olga OKHRIMENKO, “FACTS”
Wednesday, may 27 at 23.33 (Kiev), Ukraine could follow a unique mission. For the first time astronauts on the ISS tried to send a private company SpaceX Elon musk. Due to adverse weather conditions the launch postponed to may 30.
During the joint mission, SpaceX and NASA space journey from the spaceport in Florida will go to two Americans. For flight will be used the manned spacecraft Crew Dragon (“Crew Dragon”).
In the initial orbit, the ship will bring the rocket-the Falcon 9. The rocket will undock and return to Earth, and the spacecraft will continue on its own engines.
On the ISS Crew Dragon spacecraft should arrive veterans of NASA — 49-year-old Robert Lewis Banken and 53-year-old Douglas Gerald Hurley.
Shortly before the start of manned launch vehicle Dragon Crew has been postponed.
Сrew Dragon test flight to the ISS took place in March 2019. The spacecraft flew without people, with a dummy on Board. The test was deemed successful.
After NASA in 2011 abandoned the use of the shuttles, to send American astronauts to the ISS had with the Russian space Agency. Now the new Crew Dragon from Elon musk aims to help NASA to get rid of dependence on Russian corporations.