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SpaceX launches crew caps demonstration flight – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, designed to accommodate astronauts to and from the International Space Station, fought in a path atop a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 215-foot-long meter Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 2:49 am EST (0749 GMT) Saturday from pad 39A on the Florida Spaceport. Nine photographic Merlin main engines steered the Falcon 9 launch to the northeast, which adapted the rocket with the space station's groundbreaking track as it climbed into a clear foreground cloud. The Crew Dragon capsule separated from the Falcon 9's upper stage about 11 minutes after the liftoff, kicks out a 27-hour quest for the space station culminating in an automated early Sunday docking. At the same time, Falcon 9's first step booster came back to earth with the help of its engines to slow down on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic, ready for inspections and refurbishment before another mission. Saturday's launch marked the 69th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket since June 2010 and the third Falcon 9 launch of 2019. Follow Crew Dragon's demonstration flight in our Mission Status Center. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Credit: SpaceX Credit: SpaceX Credit: SpaceX Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Credit: SpaceX Credit: SpaceX Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Credit: NASA / Tony Gray Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now SpaceX…




SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, designed to accommodate astronauts to and from the International Space Station, fought in a path atop a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The 215-foot-long meter Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 2:49 am EST (0749 GMT) Saturday from pad 39A on the Florida Spaceport. Nine photographic Merlin main engines steered the Falcon 9 launch to the northeast, which adapted the rocket with the space station’s groundbreaking track as it climbed into a clear foreground cloud.

The Crew Dragon capsule separated from the Falcon 9’s upper stage about 11 minutes after the liftoff, kicks out a 27-hour quest for the space station culminating in an automated early Sunday docking. At the same time, Falcon 9’s first step booster came back to earth with the help of its engines to slow down on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic, ready for inspections and refurbishment before another mission.

Saturday’s launch marked the 69th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket since June 2010 and the third Falcon 9 launch of 2019.

Follow Crew Dragon’s demonstration flight in our Mission Status Center.

Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now

Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Credit: SpaceX

Credit: SpaceX

Credit: SpaceX

Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now

Credit: SpaceX

Credit: SpaceX

Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky

Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now

Credit: NASA / Tony Gray

Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now

Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now

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