This is the start of a new age. Today on 30th of May 2020 3:22pm US time, history was made. Once again, the United States of America has proved to be inspiring in the field of space exploration and engineering marvels.
SpaceX, a private rocket manufacturing company owned by the multi-billionaire genius Elon Musk, has continued its legacy on cracking down what seems impossible. The engineers and designers at SpaceX in collaboration with NASA have put America on its feet back again when it comes to going to the ISS.
Innovation By SpaceX
SpaceX is mainly known for its unprecedented creative freedom, where engineers, scientists and designers combine to formulate something seemingly absurd, but something that works and looks like science fiction.
To ensure the safety of the crew on board the mission, the lack of which was one of the contributing factors towards the Space Shuttle program back in 2011, engineers came up with a highly advanced autonomous vehicle which docks to the booster rocket, and can accelerate away with its own fixed rocket boosters away from the main fuel filled rocket, in case of an unlikely emergency event.
Prior to this technology, space shuttle vehicles were used which used to appear more like a bulky airplane. That technology proved to be extremely expensive to manufacture, maintain and use. Also, it suffered from a couple of disasters mid-flight, the more renowned being the Colombia Disaster, which resulted in loss of highly skilled professionals. And in 2011, the entire program was cancelled.
This new technology by SpaceX has enabled American astronauts to launch from their own soil, unlike Russia’s soil in a Soyuz rocket which costs about $86 million per astronaut. This cost has been cut to $55 million per astronaut with this array of transportation to the ISS.
The Crew – As Good As It Gets
The crew commanding this unicorn of advanced technology is no easy play. The two astronauts have decades of space flight up their sleeves and the best part of all, both Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are best friends. Robert, or Bob and Doug have accompanied each other during the space shuttle times as well.
The two astronauts will be docking with the international space station in about a day and will stay there for about 4 months. After their planned days up there in space, both of them will leave for planet Earth in the same Dragon 2 capsule. The Dragon 2 capsule will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and state of the art parachute systems will ensure a soft landing in the ocean waters.
It is being hoped that a new generation of youth will be inspired with this achievement who was sadly cut off with the excitement of witnessing space vehicles launching above their heads everyday.