For SpaceX this is the culmination of a long journey, which has led the company led by Elon Musk to be the first private company to have brought astronauts into orbit around the earth. For NASA, however, it means returning to having the ability to launch astronauts from North American soil, a capability that the American space agency had lost since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. With the success of this mission, we enter a new era of space travel.
Crew Dragon is now in orbit around the Earth en route to the International Space Station, which it will reach with a series of maneuvers and ignitions of its Draco engines aimed at bringing the spacecraft to the same orbit and at the same speed as the Station. The docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for Sunday 31 May at 16:29 Italian time.