The space station commander, Shannon Walker, expressed to the four astronauts that he was very excited to arrive.
SpaceX previously carried out an unmanned test flight called “Demo-1” to ISS with the Crew Dragon shuttle, and then carried two astronauts to the station with a manned test flight called “Demo-2” in May 2020.
Within the scope of the mission called “Crew-1” by the company, it sent its astronaut team of 4 to the ISS in November 2020.
Astronauts and cosmonauts at the ISS were previously transported by Russian-made “Soyuz” shuttles, as NASA stopped producing personnel shuttles.
6 crew members take turns working at the ISS
Within the scope of NASA’s “Commercial Supply Services” program, American companies Northrop Grumman “Cygnus” and SpaceX transport supplies to ISS with cargo shuttles named “Dragon”.
US Boeing also makes test flights with “CST-100 Starliner” space shuttles to transport personnel to ISS as part of the “Commercial Crew Development Program”.