SpaceX began the last of the initial six missions given by NASA by launching four passengers to the International Space Station from Florida.
The group, known as Crew-6, will travel to the space station as part of a NASA mission for a six-month stay in orbit. The mission marks SpaceX’s ninth human spaceflight to date and its sixth operational crew launch for NASA.
Once the capsule entered space, SpaceX mission control pleaded with passengers to leave the company five stars on Google.
Crew-6 captain Stephen Bowen said, “That was great, thank you.
On Thursday morning shortly after midnight, Crew-6 lifted off, beginning their nearly 24-hour trek to the International Space Station. Since SpaceX’s first crewed launch in May 2020, 34 people have been launched, including both government and commercial missions.
NASA astronauts Warren Hoburg and Stephen Bowen, Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, and astronaut Sultan Alneyadi of the United Arab Emirates make up the crew together with one Russian and two Americans.
On top of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s Endeavour Crew Dragon capsule carried the astronauts into space. Both the rocket and the capsule may be used again; the latter is currently on its fourth trip.
A data examination of SpaceX’s first launch attempt on Monday’s last-minute postponement revealed that an apparent problem with the fluid that ignites the rocket’s engines was caused by a clogged filter in a ground system. To prepare for Thursday’s launch, SpaceX replaced the filter and finished the inspection processes.
As a competitor to Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft in NASA’s competitive Commercial Crew program, SpaceX developed its Crew Dragon spacecraft and improved its Falcon 9 rocket. However because to expensive delays, the launch of operational Starliner flights has been delayed while Boeing’s capsule is still under development.
Compared to Boeing’s six missions, NASA gave SpaceX an additional four missions, for a total of 14.