It ‘was launched in four Olympic Games, nine Super Bowls and 30 seasonal changes since the last American astronauts from US soil on an American spacecraft. The unfortunate streak began in July 2011 when the space shuttle Atlantis for the last flight of the shuttle program 30 years to be lifted. The wait is not yet over, but there was a team Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral to much 02:49 ET Saturday morning near the end with the successful launch of a rocket SpaceX Falcon 9 is transferred as the lightning in They flashed away. From about 3:00 ET, the crew flying dragon in the room for the first time, on the way to the International Space Station (ISS), while the first of the new Falcon 9 rocket stage landed safely on the ground, touching SpaceX ship drone self. There was no one on board the dragon crew this time, with the exception of an “anthropomorphic test device” or ATD. That space-speak for a mannequin in a SpaceX space suit with sensors to record G forces wall, vibration and other effects a real astronaut would experience during takeoff and in flight. If the rest of the mission and start going of Saturday morning, two of these actual astronauts could fly as early as July to the dragon crew. “Tonight was a great night for the United States, a big night for NASA,” said the director of the NASA Jim Bridenstine during a press conference on Saturday morning. “What today is really a new era in space travel.” The SpaceX mission was a very long wait on. It ‘was in 2009 that the then President Barack Obama announced that after the shuttle retired, NASA business of flying in low Earth orbit astronauts, including hand on the ISS and outsource the work to private companies would receive. In 2014, newcomer SpaceX and the legacy of the aerospace company Boeing have been taken as the two companies would build new spaceships or contracts of $2.6 billion and $4.2 billion gain America. The first manned flights were scheduled to begin in 2016, but the schedule slipped again and again due to construction problems and the occasional accident. In 2015, a SpaceX rocket detonated a load ran to the International Space Station until after the departure; in 2016, another exploded on the pad during an engine test. On board they have no soul. During a press conference a week before the start Saturday, NASA’s associate administrator must reduce its best expectations for human exploration and operations William H. Gerstenmaier. “I expect we will learn something about this flight,” he said. “I guarantee you, everything is properly does not quite work. And that’s cool.” The crew of the SpaceX Dragon still has a week of work to do. The probe navigated its way to the ISS during the day, on Sunday morning arrives. Dock with the station autonomously a departure from the practice used for utility vehicles SpaceX to grab the ISS astronauts with the station’s robotic arm and bring in a smooth engagement. Film Alien broadcasting next to fictitious name anthropomorphic Ripley after the main character of Dragon crew and about 400 pounds. of supplies. (This is only a fraction of the three or so tons of cargo vehicles not normally ferry crew, but the crew version uses most of the internal volume of a reconfigurable cabin that can be equipped with up to seven seats and instrument displays seven. ) At 8 . March is expected from the station and return to separate the dragon crew on land, at sea under parachute splashing down. “To be honest, I’m a bit ‘exhausted emotionally, because that was super stressful, but it worked … so far,” said the CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk during a press conference Saturday morning. “We need to dock with the station, we have to go. We have overcome some of riskantesten products.” Even if every single step of the crew of the Dragon mission runs exactly as planned, SpaceX and NASA is still much to sweat when the manned flights finally start . Some of the most serious concern in the Launchpad starts. Typically rockets are fed before the astronauts boarding a process that has been followed since the early days of the space program. Fuel is by definition volatile, and the mere activities referred to in the rocket tanks present ample opportunity for something to blow pumping. However, SpaceX Falcon 9 is based on a mixture of super-cooled fuel which does not heat in its tanks for a long time before and loses efficiency may remain. For this reason, the company uses a “load and go” method, prior to the astronauts aboard climbing and refueling will begin 35 minutes before the scheduled departure. Many critics, including some astronauts have much to say about this idea-no-good, he has had especially after the explosion in 2016 SpaceX launch pad. Certainly there are safeguards built into the system to protect astronauts in the event of such a disaster. Probe into the return spacecraft batteries are designed to detect problems before they happen, and inflame engines built into the base of the crew vehicle and blow up dragons and away from the rocket explodes on the way to a splashdown safely parachute in the sea off the coast of Florida. This was exactly the same security system installed in the Mercury and Apollo NASA, though the flight motors were attached to a tower on the nose of the spacecraft, rather than incorporated into the base. Over the course of six takeoffs Mercury and Apollo 15, the system has never been used. Also it was not necessary at the start on Saturday. The current mission is as SpaceX successfully puts the heat on Boeing for their spacecraft, the CST-100-off the pad to get. His first unmanned launch is scheduled for next month. If this goes well, Boeing is hoping for a manned launch in August. None of this can happen too soon for NASA. Since the shuttle was down, the only way American astronauts to the ISS was to get seats on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft venerable to buy. This has an impact both pride and pocket space agency was in 2006, a ride aboard a Soyuz will cost $25 million. By 2018, to recognize and Russia of a seller’s market, when he saw it was the price to $81 million, which hiked an increase of 372%. And it can navigate increasingly complex relations between Washington and Moscow, too. There is also the simple boredom is grounded so long. The nearly eight years ago, it raised since the last astronauts from Cape Canaveral slightly exceed the previous drought this introduction. That came just six years from the date of the final with a crew of Apollo in 1975 to the time he flew the first shuttle in 1981 raised if NASA astronauts back in the game start, the hope is that this time is true for her.