SpaceX rocket lifts off on historic private crewed flight

US, NEW YORK (ORDO NEWS) — NASA and SpaceX have launched two astronauts into space from the United States for the first time in nine years on a mission to International Space Station.

SpaceX’s US spacecraft Crew Dragon, with astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken on board, started on Saturday at the International Space Station (ISS) at 3:22 p.m. U.S. East Coast from the Cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral (Florida). The launch is broadcast on the website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The inclusion of the second stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which displays the Crew Dragon, occurred on schedule 2.5 minutes after launch.

The second stage of the launch vehicle will work for 8 minutes 44 seconds. 3 minutes after turning off its engine, the ship will separate from the second stage. The docking of the spacecraft with the ISS should occur in 19 hours.

The launch of the Falcon-9 launch vehicle was carried out from site 39A on the second attempt. Last Wednesday, the launch was canceled 17 minutes before the estimated time due to adverse weather conditions in the area of ​​the launch site.

The current launch is the first manned flight in nine years, carried out from the territory of the United States in an American spaceship. NASA stopped manned flights in 2011 after completing the Space Shuttle return ship program. Since then, astronauts have been delivered to the ISS by Russian Soyuz. Initially, American commercial ships were supposed to begin manned flights in 2017.

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