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SpaceX Falcon 9 Positioned Unmanned Dragon Capsule in Orbit for ISS Docking

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SpaceX’s planned Falcon 9 flight to place uncrewed Dragon capsule in orbit is complete, and the capsule is orbiting the earth. This is the first step by a privately funded space company in the world to send a capsule that could take humans in the space someday. Today morning, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off with the Dragon Capsule and positioned it into the orbit. The space capsule will perform maneuvers to head to International Space Station for Docking. If the docking and undocking with reentry are successful, then this will mark the start of private space flights with human missions.

SpaceX is quite experienced with the Dragon capsule as the company was sending the same capsule with cargo for International Space Station crew. But the space capsule has been remade for being suitable for human flights. This is the first test flight of the Dragon capsule, and it will dock to the ISS, Undock and reenter on the ground. This test mission will prove the capacity and safety of the Dragon Capsule to transport humans back and forth from the space. The Dragon Capsule that has been remade consists of some critical equipment prescribed by NASA for safe human transport.

The new dragon capsule consists of the life-support system, autonomous docking facility, integrated launch escape system, solar panels, and new electrical system. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that the Redesign of the Dragon Capsule was not easy at all as the Fundamental Design has been changed. The Dragon capsule has passed the extensive tests from NASA, and the launch is complete according to the company’s expectations. The Mission is started with the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on March 3rd and will end with the Splashdown of the Dragon capsule in the ocean on March 8th.

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