Like the launch itself, the Crew Dragon touchdown was extremely automated in comparison with many earlier human-piloted missions. Behnken and Hurley nonetheless achieved so much, although, together with performing and contributing to quite a few experiments whereas they have been aboard the International Space Station.
It’s an necessary event past the firsts concerned. This is the final Crew Dragon check flight. Once SpaceX receives NASA certification, future flights might be common missions carrying astronauts to the ISS. For NASA, in the meantime, it’s a significant step ahead for a Commercial Crew Program that might permit for extra flights and decrease prices.
This additionally represents a coup for SpaceX. While Boeing continues to be planning to convey its Starliner capsule into service, SpaceX is clearly forward in the intervening time. That might result in extra alternatives with NASA, to not point out civilian flights as area commerce grows.
It additionally bodes effectively for the corporate’s higher ambitions. SpaceX is eyeing flights utilizing Starship for journeys to locations as distant as Mars, and Crew Dragon’s success means that the agency is heading in the right direction.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 2, 2020