SpaceX: images of the successful launch of Crew Dragon

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This time, it’s the right one! After being postponed on Wednesday May 27 due to the weather, the launch of the Falcon-9 rocket went well this Saturday May 30 at 9:22 p.m. French time, and the launcher flew to the Space Station International (ISS), to which it should dock Sunday May 31 at 4:29 p.m.

In front of more than 10 million viewers and the American President Donald Trump, who had made the trip to Cape Canaveral (Florida), the two American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were propelled in 10 minutes to 200 km above the oceans , spinning at more than 20 times the speed of sound in their Crew Dragon capsule.

View of the Falcon X rocket on its launch pad two minutes before takeoff, taken by astronaut Chris Cassidy.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Liftoff !

The rocket separated from the first stage 4 minutes after the flight, recovered by a barge on the Atlantic 6 minutes later (bad luck, the signal was cut precisely at that time). The second floor separated at 9:36 p.m. it fell back into the Indian Ocean.

The capsule will perform a series of maneuvers before catching up with the ISS orbiting at 400 km altitude.

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will stay between one and four months on the International Space Station, before going back down to Earth in their Crew Dragon capsule. They will land in the Atlantic, off Florida, slowed down by four large parachutes.

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