Its the first time a private company has launched astronauts into the orbit. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, established a new era in Space Travel by launching astronauts into orbit.
Two American Astronauts lifted off at 3.22 p.m on Saturday,May 30,2020 from the Florida launchpad that ones served Appolo missions.
“I’m really quite overcome with emotion on this day, so it’s kind of hard to talk, frankly,” Musk said in a post-launch press conference at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Saturday evening.
A huge crowd including President Trump & Vice President Mike Pence cheered ones the countdown begin & the engines of the Falcon 9 rocket roared off to life.
At a time of such economic uncertainty owing to Covid19 pandemic, the rocket launch was indeed a moment of pride for the country. Millions of people watched the launch online and on television and many from their quarantined home.
Elon Musk almost crying speaking at SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 post-launch Press Conference right after successful mission on May 30, 2020. Elon is extremely emotinal. SpaceX made historic Crew Dragon Demo 2 flight with 2 NASA astronauts onboard by a second attempt. The first launch attempt was scrubbed due to bad weather conditions. He speaks on Multiplanetary, Moon Base, upcoming Space Travel and more. SpaceX became the first private company to launch astronauts for Nasa by successfully launching its new Crew Dragon Spacecraft with astronauts Robert L.Behnken and Douglas O.Hurley on board for the first time.
Mr Elon Musk was Chief Executive of PayPal making his first fortune when eBay bought that company. He founded SpaceX in 2002 and soon headed towards his goal as a strong willed figure full of ambitions.
SpaceX & Boeing were both selected for the NASA’S commercial crew programme .This would save the taxpayers the expense of paying Russia to take NASA astronauts to space.The goal of the programme was to make space for more money into more ambitious projects like sending astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars.
The development cost to NASA totalled about $6 billion, was a considerable cheaper way to get to the space station than NASA’S previous plan of using an Orion Capsule designed for deep space missions.
Two companies, Axiom Space and Space Adventures, have already announced plans to buy launches in SpaceX’s capsule to transport non-NASA passengers to the space station or on shorter orbital trips. NASA also confirmed this month that Tom Cruise expressed interest in using the space station for a film.
I think it was an argument that the return is more dangerous in some ways than the ascent, so in order to declare victory yet, we need to bring them home safely [and] make sure that we’re doing everything we can to minimize that risk of reentry and return,” Musk said.