At 19:27 Eastern Time on Sunday (8:27 Beijing Time on Monday), SpaceX carried out Crew-1, the first official commercial manned spaceflight mission of the “Dragon” spacecraft, successfully sending four astronauts into space, marking the start of a new era for SpaceX to regularly deliver people to the International Space Station for NASA.
21ic has learned that the mission used a Falcon 9 rocket to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Carrying 3 American astronauts and 1 Japanese astronaut, it is expected to arrive at the International Space Station in 8 hours and stay for 6 months. The mission was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, but was delayed due to weather. After takeoff, the Falcon 9 booster successfully landed in the Atlantic Ocean. After takeoff, the Falcon 9 booster successfully landed in the Atlantic Ocean. As planned, the booster will be reused on SpaceX’s next crewed mission, Crew-2.
NASA called the launch the first “combat” mission of the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, representing a new era of commercial crewed spacecraft. Previously, SpaceX completed a test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft in August, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station. According to the audit, the Crew Dragon crewed spacecraft to send astronauts into space costs about $55 million per seat. Previously, each seat on the Russian Soyuz was about $80 million.
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