More American astronauts make it to the International Space Station on American hardware
April 11, 2022
Last Friday, SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule was launched on a Falcon 9 to the international space station. Dragon is a big deal because it’s the part of the rocket carrying people. Working with NASA to prove its safety and reliability has been a progression from un-crewed launches, to test blow up and parachute missions, to real missions to the ISS for NASA and the United States. Last week, Netflix put out a documentary about SpaceX, Dragon, reusability, and followed the crews taking the ship to the ISS for the first time.
SpaceX has continued to prove the reusability of their launch vehicles like Falcon 9. Now that they’ve also began the process with the crewed part of launch vehicles, the whole loop of the US having a reliable (safe), and more cost effective path into space is complete. It’s a really big deal for the United States. For one, it’s in the interest of national security to be able to build your own rockets and launch your own astronauts without depending on other countries. More-so, having consistent, rapid, safe, and large payload rockets makes exploring the cosmos a real possibility. It opens the gates to the new frontier of science and human exploration.
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