Dragon roars: SpaceX’s first crew test flight goes well so far

  • A Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Kennedy Space Center at 2:49am
    ET Saturday.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted its brand-new Dragon spacecraft

into orbit for the first time
early Saturday morning, and so
far everything has gone well. After opening its nose cone for
navigational purposes, Dragon is now spending about 24 hours
performing a series of phasing maneuvers to bring it toward the
International Space Station, where it will dock at around 6am ET
Sunday.

Although SpaceX has been flying a cargo-based version of the
Dragon to the station since 2012, the new Dragon has been entirely
remade for crew. That includes interior life-support systems,
autonomous docking capability, an integrated launch escape system,
and solar panels built into the spacecraft itself.

“The Crew Dragon is a fundamental redesign, with hardly a part
in common with Dragon,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said early
Saturday morning, after the launch, during a news briefing. “The
system thus far has passed an exhaustive set of reviews, and then
the launch itself went as expected. So far, everything is
nominal.”

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Dragon roars: SpaceX’s first crew test flight goes well so far