AGI – Elon Musk’s SpaceX spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, with the two NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board, left the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, under the eyes of US President Donald Trump . The Crew Dragon left at 3.22 local time (21.22 in Italy) and will dock at ISS tomorrow.
The Demo-2 mission represents the first transportation of astronauts into orbit from American soil in nearly a decade.
Another historical aspect of the launch is that for the first time NASA sends its astronauts into space on a private spacecraft.
Fraccaro: “Space is increasingly accessible to everyone”
“Space X’s Crew Dragon started from Cape Canaveral: a new frontier for space is inaugurated. The Italian base in Malindi is one of the mission’s tracking stations, a great recognition of our excellence in the sector. The space is increasingly accessible to all”. So, on Twitter, the Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, Riccardo Fraccaro.
Parmitano ‘goosebumps’ after Crew Dragon launch
“Goosebumps”, goosebumps. This is the hot comment by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, on Twitter, at the launch from Cape Canaveral of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which marked the return of the United States to Space after almost a decade.
Trump on Crew Dragon launch: “It’s amazing”
“It’s unbelievable”: these were the first words of the US President, Donald Trump, who witnessed the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in Cape Canaveral, which left for the International Space Station bringing two NASA astronauts to Space for the first time in nine years from American soil. The President of the United States, who arrived in Florida aboard Air Force One, defined the launch as “something very special” and warned that “it is only the beginning”. “True talent, true genius, nobody does it like us,” he added.
NASA: “Made history”
“Launch took place. Made history with the launch of NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nine years on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.” So in a tweet NASA, a few seconds after the launch of the spacecraft directed to the International Space Station.
NASA, weather parameters ok, expected launch of Crew Dragon
“Weather is ‘go’ for launch”. NASA has given the go-ahead, based on improved weather conditions, to the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, scheduled at 21.22 Italian time from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
NASA: “Let’s go ahead with the launch”
“Today we go ahead with the launch. The weather challenges remain with a 50% chance of cancellation,” tweeted NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. Takeoff is scheduled for 15.22 (local time, 21.22 in Italy) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The two NASA astronauts board the spacecraft
SpaceX continues with operations for the launch of the Crew Dragon today with two astronauts on board bound for the International Space Station (ISS)