In the presence of Trump .. a historic takeoff of the "long-awaited" missile

On Saturday, American astronauts Robert Bunken and Doug Hurley flew from the Kennedy Space Center on the SpaceX missile of the first private company entrusted by the US space agency NASA to carry out a historic mission.

In the presence of Trump .. a historic takeoff of the "long-awaited" missile
04 July 2020 - 06:55

On Saturday, American astronauts Robert Bunken and Doug Hurley flew from the Kennedy Space Center on the SpaceX missile of the first private company entrusted by the US space agency NASA to carry out a historic mission.

The "Falcon 9" missile of the company founded by Elon Musk took off at 15:22 without any problems in the first minutes of the operation, according to what showed the direct transmission of its facts by NASA.

This trip marks the start of a new era of commercial travel into space, the first time that NASA has launched astronauts from American soil for nearly a decade.

The first part of the missile was separated, as scheduled, after two minutes of flight at a speed of approximately 4 thousand km per hour, while the second part continued to carry the "Crow Dragon" capsule in the direction of the International Space Station.
A camera chronicles what is going on inside the capsule directly, showing the two astronauts connected to their seats while they are flying.

"Congratulations (...) on the first manned flight of the Falcon 9, it was amazing," said astronaut Doug Hurley as the capsule continued to fly and reached an altitude of 200 km.

Horley and Benkin are scheduled to arrive on the International Space Station on Sunday at 14:29 GMT.

US President Donald Trump personally attended the launch a few kilometers away, delivering a speech at the Kennedy Center at 5 pm local time.

Trump said: "No one does that like us," considering that the achievements of the United States in space are "one of the most important things that we have done."

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