This is also the first time that American astronauts have made an orbit flight on a spacecraft built by a private company. This flight officially opened a new chapter in the history of American aerospace.
Countdown and cheers
At 2:22 am on May 31 (Hanoi time), Falcon 9 boosters brought the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to leave the launch pad at the National Space Airport. Kennedy in Florida.
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, left and Bob Behnken work with teams from NASA and SpaceX in the Trident basin in Cape Canaveral, Fla on August 13, 2019. (Image: Bill Ingalls / NASA)
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, a number of Cabinet ministers and Republican congressmen were present at the observation post to witness the historic moment because this was the first time the astronauts fly into orbit on US-made spacecraft and from US territory. All the officials and the limited number of visitors came to the sensation when the Dragon Dragon spacecraft successfully left the launch pad.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the launch, Vice President Mike Pence said: “This is the first time in our astronauts’ history to orbit a commercial spacecraft and due to a privately owned US company. Let me honor Elon Musk and our aerospace experts. The work was done perfectly. ”
After finishing its space shuttle program in 2011, NASA relied entirely on Russia to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) at a cost of $ 70-80 million per seat.
In 2014, NASA awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to SpaceX company of tech billionaire Elon Musk and Boeing to develop spacecraft to bring American astronauts to the international space station. The flight into orbit of two US astronauts also marks the success of the public-private partnership between NASA and SpaceX./.