Published on :
The four astronauts aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX company Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, a day after takeoff. They will stay there for six months.
The new Crew Dragon capsule from SpaceX, the company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, docked Tuesday, November 17 at the International Space Station (ISS) with four astronauts on board, in what constitutes the first mission with a transported crew. by a device designed by a private group.
Twenty-seven hours after the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying it from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the capsule with three American astronauts and a Japanese astronaut on board docked at 04:01 GMT at the ISS .
The four astronauts will spend the next six months in the space station, a laboratory that sits in orbit some 400 km above Earth. They must then be relayed by a new crew also transported by a Crew Dragon capsule, and this rotation will continue until Boeing in turn takes part in the NASA program next year with its own vehicle.
“Welcome to the ISS. We look forward to having you on board,” said US astronaut Kate Rubins, who arrived on a previous mission to the ISS, where two Russian astronauts are also located.