Crew Dragon returned to Earth after the first flight with astronauts

Manned spacecraft Crew Dragon with two astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico and thereby completed my first mission with people aboard. The mission began on 30 may and lasted a little more than two months. Stream landing took place on the YouTube channel SpaceX.

Crew Dragon manned version of the spacecraft of the new generation of Dragon 2, developed by us company SpaceX. It is capable of carrying four ISS astronauts, although initially the project implied that the ship will be able to take on seven people at once. In the undocked state Crew Dragon can support the livelihoods of the crew during the week. The ship has 16 Draco engines for orbit correction and another eight SuperDraco engines: they are part of the built-in vehicle emergency rescue system, and in the early stages of development it was assumed that they will provide reactive landing (in the end it was abandoned in favor of proven landing by parachute).

SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing CST-100 Cockpit, was developed at the NASA program for the establishment of private spaceships to replace the Space Shuttle. The first launches of the ships was initially scheduled for 2015, but due to technical problems, the development was delayed and the flight began much later: Crew Dragon went in the first unmanned flight in March 2019 and the Starliner was first launched in December of the same year, and the flight was unsuccessful, so the beginning of the full operation postponed again.

30 may 2020 Crew Dragon first flew to the ISS astronauts. Crew members were Douglas Hurley (Douglas Hurley) and Bob Behnken (Bob Behnken). It is noteworthy that Hurley was not only a member of the first independent American flight to the ISS in nine years, but was the pilot of the last Shuttle mission in 2011. In less than a day after launch the Crew Dragon successfully docked with the ISS and the astronauts moved into the American segment of the station. Two months on the station, Behnken with a member of another mission, Chris Cassidy (Chris Cassidy) had to perform four spacewalks to install new batteries on the solar panels of the station.

Undocking of the ship occurred on 2 August at 2:35 Moscow time. After this, he left the station and then ran brake boost and started to decline. At the time of the first landing at a height of less than six kilometers the device released the drogue chutes and then on the height of about two kilometers revealed the major, who finally slowed down and ensured the landing.

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