Launch America: Americas Return to Space With the Help of SpaceX


Jacob R.

A new era of space travel has started today with the launch of the Dragon Spacecraft on the Falcon 9. Today two American astronauts, Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken are for the first time ever being launched to the International Space Station on the first-ever privately owned rocket. This is SpaceX. SpaceX has teamed up for the first time with NASA to send American astronauts to the I.S.S for the first time since 2011. Humans have not been sent to space since 2011 on American soil, during the Space Shuttle program. In fact, Doug Hurley was part of the last Space Shuttle launch in 2011. Since 2011 NASA has been paying Russia around 100 million dollars every time to send American astronauts to the I.S.S. This is very inefficient leading NASA to team up with SpaceX to use SpaceX technology to launch Americans to space. The Falcon 9 and Dragon Spacecraft have much revolutionary technology involved in the rocket. First, Stage 1 of the Falcon 9 rocket is reusable. When they are detached from the rocket they descend down to a barge in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and lands on a small pad. This technique has been described as landing a pencil on the tip of the Empire State building. Additionally, the Dragon Spacecraft has many revolutionary safety technologies emplaced making the astronauts very safe. If anything goes wrong in the Stage 1 part of the rocket, the manned spacecraft will be able to fly off the rocket and get as far away from the Falcon 9 if anything is to go wrong during takeoff.