The Crew Dragon space capsule lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday afternoon and arrived at the ISS as scheduled approximately 19 hours later. "One of the Secret Servicemen said they were here with the past administration - I won't tell you who - and they were here to shut down the facility".
Russia's space agency criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's "hysteria" about the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years, but also said on Sunday it was pleased there was now another way to travel into space.
A capsule launched by USA aerospace manufacturer SpaceX successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday morning, becoming the first manned commercial spacecraft to do so. "During their stay Behnken and Hurley will continue to perform more checks on Endeavor in order to sign-off on its readiness". Speaking of the successful launch on Saturday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said: "I'm really quite overcome with emotion on this day, so it's kind of hard to talk, frankly".
On Monday, March 30, 2020 at a SpaceX processing facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX successfully completed a fully integrated test of critical crew flight hardware ahead of Crew Dragon's second demonstration mission to the International Space Station for NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
The first two exploded under pressure tests while the third came tumbling down in April because of an issue that CEO Elon Musk later attributed to leaky valves . The explosion comes as the company is counting down to another major launch on a different rocket. SpaceX was scheduled to launch NASA spacemen Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station from Florida's Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, but the launch was cancelled because of bad weather.
Saturday marked the first time in history that a commercial aerospace company has carried humans into Earth's orbit. A rocket ship built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from USA soil for the first time in almost a decade.