Space X has performed a successful test launch to the ISS of a carrier rocket with a manned Crew Dragon module. As reported on the official NASA channel on Twitter, it will be the first American spacecraft designed to deliver astronauts into orbit since the closure of the Space Shuttle program.
Instead of the crew, a dummy about the nickname Ripley, named after the main heroine of the movie "Alien" and its sequel Ellen Ripley. It has a large number of sensors that will record all changes in the module. According to the flight program, Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Sunday, March 3, 2019. In the future, it will undock and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean. Ripley's company will be accompanied by a plush globe.
NASA specialists do not count on the complete success of the mission, it must identify the problems that have to be solved while creating more advanced modifications.
The maximum load of the capsule is seven people, but in the foreseeable future it is not planned to launch so many astronauts into orbit at the same time ... As a reminder, 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of the movie Alien.
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