NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon
We at Chemical Safety Software could not be more excited and proud for the achievement of NASA, one of our most important clients, historic achievement. For the first time in history, launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft set foot on the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
If you missed this live, watch this majestic launch here. A few hours later, Mr Hurley and Mr Behnken floated safely into their new home. They were greeted by fellow American Chris Cassidy as well as two other space station residents, Russia cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. The new arrivals are now officially members of the Expedition 63 crew. Speaking aboard the space station, Mr Hurley said: “It obviously has been an honour just to be a small part of this. We have to give credit to SpaceX, the Commercial Crew Programme and, of course, NASA.
“It’s great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business and we are just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex.”
Meanwhile back on Earth, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said: “The whole world saw this mission and we are so, so proud of everything you’ve done for our country and, in fact, to inspire the world.” The mission, named Demo-2, marks the first time NASA has launched astronauts from US soil in nine years. Its aim is to show SpaceX’s ability to ferry astronauts to the space station and back safely.