SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule: All you need to know
New Delhi : The America- based SpaceX team might be partying around as it is for the first time that the new Crew Dragon capsule has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule has reached ISS on Sunday, marking its second milestone in just over a day. Scientists have achieved a new milestone and it is worth informing all that we know about the new SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule. Just take a look at the mentioned below information:
- The Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on March 3 at 5:51 a.m. EST (1051 GMT).
- The capsule reached the station 27 hours after launching into orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Florida's Space Coast.
- Dragon linked up with a docking port on the station's Harmony module as the two craft sailed 250 miles (402 kilometers) over the Pacific Ocean, just north of New Zealand.
- At 8:07 a.m. EST (1307 GMT) on March 3, the station crew opened the hatch to Crew Dragon for the first time and floated inside, with SpaceX beaming live views of the capsule's interior.
- The Crew Dragon is an upgraded version of SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule
- Crew Dragon secured itself to the station with a set of hooks and latches.
- Crew Dragon will spend the next five days attached to the orbiting lab.
- Crew Dragon won’t linger at the ISS for long. After it is fully checked out, it will be loaded up with cargo for its return to Earth.
- Dragon Capsule will end its uncrewed shakeout cruise, the Demo-1, with a parachute-aided splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean on March 8.
- Crew Dragon is based on SpaceX’s robotic Dragon freighter, which has flown 16 ISS resupply missions to date under a separate NASA deal.
- Unlike cargo Dragons, this crew Dragon docked autonomously, instead of relying on the station's robot arm for help.
- As the Crew Dragon approached the station, it used a series of lasers, sensors, and software to automatically dock this hardware to an available port on the outside of the ISS.
- Safe docking on ISS indicates that Crew Dragon is capable of bringing astronauts safely to the ISS.
- The spacecraft is designed to carry up to seven passengers to the space station, but for this flight, the capsule is loaded up with 450 pounds of cargo and a test dummy outfitted in one of SpaceX’s customized spacesuits.
- The Crew Dragon is a crucial piece of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which revolves around developing private spacecraft to send people to and from the ISS.