The successful SpaceX launch marked a huge step forward in Musk's dream Starship project, which he hopes will someday see reusable rockets delivering both people and cargo to Earth's orbit, as well as to the Moon and beyond.
"We have to congratulate the men and women of SpaceX, at Hawthorne McGregor and at Kennedy Space Center". "It's been 18 years working towards this goal, so it's hard to believe that it's happened".
SpaceX's astronaut-riding Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, just hours after a historic liftoff from Florida. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has relied on the Russian space agency Roscosmos for rides to space. "This is something that I think humanity should be excited about proud of occurring on this day".
SpaceX confirmed docking was made at 10.16am ET above the China-Mongolia border, the crew of the ISS ringing the station's bell three times in maritime tradition to signal the new arrival. The Crew Dragon was equipped with an automated docking system that was created to approach and connect to the ISS docking port autonomously. Musk was an emotional wreck after that mission, too.
In the midst of the run, Crew Dragon, NASA entered into another contract with Roscosmos booking for your astronaut's space on the "Union" that must be sent to the ISS in the fall. The launch was set for earlier last week but had to be postponed due to bad weather.
Today, NASA confirmed that the Dragon capsule, operated by SpaceX, docked with the ISS slightly ahead of schedule.
As millions tuned into the live-stream of the historic launch, Indians looking at it also had a question on their mind - 'Is there a desi name behind this?' It could be anywhere between a month and 3 months.
For operational missions, Crew Dragon will be able to launch as many as four crew members and carry more than 220 pounds of cargo, enabling the expansion of the inhabitants of the space station, increasing the time dedicated to research in the unique microgravity environment, and returning more science back to Earth.
When asked about his conversations with the Demo-2 astronauts' kids, Musk - who recently became a dad again(he has six sons) - got choked up.