A test flight of Crew Dragon with astronauts will take place on May 27 – this will happen for the first time in 39 years. Researchers expect the mission to be “softer but louder”.
Test launch of astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley is scheduled for May 27. He starts from the Kennedy spaceport with the help of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Demo-2 mission. “This is a new era in human spaceflight”, said NASA Director Jim Brydenstein.
The spacecraft should deliver two astronauts to the ISS, and after a few months – return with them to Earth. The flight will be a record: in 2011, NASA stopped flights of reusable ships, and American astronauts did not go to the ISS from the United States.
“I think we look forward to a smooth flight, expect it to be loud, especially at the beginning of the mission,” astronaut Benken said at a NASA press conference. “It seems to us that it will be softer, but louder at the initial stage of launch.”
The US completed the Space Shuttle manned program in 2011. Since then, the flights of American astronauts to the ISS were carried out on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Now, under a contract with NASA, manned ships are being built by private companies SpaceX and Boeing. This is the first test flight involving astronauts from the United States over the past 39 years.