At 10:51 UTC (05:51 EST), a full nine minutes ahead of schedule, the spacecraft successfully docked with the global docking adaptor at the forward end of the Harmony module.
Elon Musk who set up the space giant company SpaceX told reports, "It has been 17 years to get to this point, from 2002 to now". The test dummy was nicknamed Ripley after the main character in the "Alien" movies. After a successful launch, the Crew Dragon was delivered to a good orbit for its Sunday approach to the International Space Station. Boeing has similar uncrewed and crewed test flights planned for April and August, respectively, for their own certification tests.
After stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage came down to land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with ISS, astronauts climb aboard
Since 2011, the United States was not able to put a human into the orbit due to the retirement of shuttles; they had to take help from Russian Soyuz vehicles to transport astronauts to International Space Station. Soyuz tickets have skyrocketed over the years; NASA now pays $82 million per seat. He marvels at how the Dragon has just 30 buttons and touch screens, compared with the space shuttle cockpit's 2,000 switches and circuit breakers. This feat was accomplished at 5:51 a.m. ET.
Like Ripley, the capsule is rigged with sensors to measure noise, vibration and stresses, and to monitor the life-support, propulsion and other critical systems throughout the flight. The version designed for humans is slightly bigger and safer.
Flight operations team members - some of them new to this - also need the six-day trial run, according to Kennedy Space Center's director, Robert Cabana. "I think that's something that we'll do, and NASA's very supportive of that".More news: EA’s Apex Legends May Be Retreating After a Hot Start
"Welcome to the new era in spaceflight", he said.
But Musk has admitted that marketing travel in the Dragon capsule is not a priority - and he is more interested in distant exploration of the solar system.
Despite SpaceX's success at recovering and reusing its rockets, NASA is insisting on brand new boosters from SpaceX for the crew capsule flights.More news: Halo Infinite won’t skip Xbox One, confirms O’Connor
The launch systems are aimed at ending US reliance on Russian rockets for rides to the $100 billion orbital research laboratory, which flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, at about $80 million per ticket.More news: Federation Internationale de Football Association approve Declan Rice switch from Ireland to England