‘Crew Dragon’ shuttle arrives at the International Space Station

The shuttle launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a Falcon 9 rocket yesterday, reportedly settled independently at a position in orbit 420 kilometers above the Indian Ocean.

It is stated that astronauts representing the USA, France and Japan will stay in the space station for 6 months.

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.

The “Crew-1 mission” was the first manned voyage to space from the US after NASA ended its Space Shuttle program in 2011.

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

A joint project of NASA, ESA, JAXA, the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, ISS has 6 crew members from different countries taking turns working.

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”.