The self-controlled Dragon capsule from Elon Musk SpaceX has specked after staying for a short time at the international space station. For the first time, a commercial space system has been successfully built for humans and tested by NASA.
The capsule accommodating a dummy called Ripley – arrived in hypersonic speeds after uncoupling from the ISS and spotted in Florida at 8.45 am local time. Its diving was decelerated by four parachutes and the recovery boats darted to seize about 200 miles off the Atlantic coast.
The director of crew mission management of SpaceX, Benjamin Reed told, “Everything happened just perfectly, right on time the way that we expected it to. ”
The Dragon capsule floated from Kennedy Space Center on a rocket in last Saturday, through a vital step towards reincorporating the human spaceflight programme of America.
The 16ft spacecraft was placed propped to be uplifted from the water by a crane by a boat I the Atlantic. It will be transported to land on Sunday.
The rocket made 18 orbits around the Earth, before anchoring in the International Space Stations.
The billionaire founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk tweeted a picture of Ripley inside the capsule. The company told the dummy had sensors around its head, spine, neck for monitoring how a flight would feel for a human.
Dragon transferred around 400 pounds of supplies and gear. The space station crew has spent all the running tests on the capsule for the last five days to carry human beings safely. Canadian ISS astronaut David Saint-Jacques told it was “very slick” and also named it business class. A flight carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set down for June.
NASA bestowed the award on SpaceX and Boeing $6.8bn to construct comprehensive rocket and capsule systems in a bid to roll out astronauts for the first time since the space shuttle was retired in 2011.
It is targeted at the ending reliance on Russian rockets for best rides to the ISS, which expenses about $80m per ticket.