The launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule has successfully delivered the NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into the international space station. The astronauts have created the history for the Spacex by docking the capsule to the international space station.
After thrusting towards ISS on Saturday, the crew dragon capsule later named “Endeavor” mounted on the Falcon 9 rocket- entered in the orbit. The ship then moved to catch up with the space station which revolves around earth at 28163 km/hr in the orbit 402 km above the earth.
The movement of the ship in its set off to ISS was controlled by the thrusters. On Sunday morning, Behnken and Hurley finally reached to their target.
The two men then spent a few minutes manually controlling the ship’s thrusters through touchscreens while connected to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre and SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
“It flew just about like the [simulator], so my congratulations to the folks in Hawthorne. It flew really well, very really crisp,” Hurley said during a live webcast, adding that its handling was “a little sloppier” in an up-down direction, though as expected.
Behnken and Hurley then turned Endeavour’s autopilot back on, and the spacecraft ever-so-carefully flew itself toward a docking port called Node 2, located at the forward end of the space station.
The ship’s docking mechanism connected to the node at 10:16 am ET while flying over northern China and Mongolia. Latches on the ship then tightly sealed Endeavour to the ISS, allowing the crews to begin a roughly two-hour-long hatch-opening procedure.