To kick off the company's Crew-1 mission - its first full-length astronaut flight for NASA - a Falcon 9 rocket spewed fire into the night at 7:37 pm ET (12:37 am Monday UTC) and then roared off the launchpad at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Before returning home, they'll be joined by yet another group of astronauts on a mission dubbed Crew-2 that's due to launch in the U.S. spring.
"Bermuda has been a long-time partner with NASA dating back to the Mercury Project and the Apollo lunar program in the 1960s, when Bermuda hosted a radar tracking station that monitored the progress of spacecraft lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the same location as the new facility". "We can't wait to have you onboard", saidKate Rubins, a United States astronaut already on the space station. "We can't wait to have you on board".
"Oh, what a good voice to hear", astronaut Kate Rubins said from the ISS when Hopkins first made radio contact.
The International Space Station welcomed four additional crew members with the arrival and docking of the SpaceX Dragon capsule after a 27-hour voyage.
On their way to the station, the astronauts broadcast a tour showing off the high-tech Resilience, including a plush Baby Yoda bouncing around the capsule as a zero-gravity indicator.
Seeing Baby Yoda in space is not surprising, but the little guy is usually accompanied by his Mandalorian partner-caretaker - not earthling astronauts.
The Crew-1 astronauts are expected to spend about six months on board the ISS, where they'll work on a variety of science experiments and conduct space walks to continue updates and repairs on the space station's exterior.
The Crew Dragon capsule and those on it are scheduled to reach the International Space Station within 27 hours of the launch. Crew-1 follows a successful Demo-2 mission earlier this year and is the first crew rotation flight on a USA commercial spacecraft.