SpaceX captures the flag, beating Boeing in cosmic contest
The flag flew on the first space shuttle flight in 1981 and the final one in 2011. Hurley was on that last shuttle crew.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared gain Monday in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game.
They quickly claimed the prize left behind at the International Space depot nearly a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the U.S.
Hurley showed off the small U.S. flag during a news conference and over in a linkup with SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
The flag flew on the first space shuttle flight in 1981 and the final one in 2011 years. Hurley was on that last shuttle crew.
The flag was an added reason for Elon Musk’s SpaceX company and Boeing, competing to be the first private company to launch a crew to the space station. Saturday’s liftoff of NASA cosmnauts was the first from the U.S. in nine years. Boeing’s first cosmonaut flight isn’t expected until next year. The crew will include Chris Ferguson, cheif of the last shuttle flight who now works for Boeing.
“Proud to yield the title of “The last leader of an American launched spacecraft” to @Astro_Doug who, with @AstroBehnken, has returned US to space from KSC after 3,253 days.
An estimated 100,023 people — suppliers, vendors, engineers, etc. . The Dragon capsule, also built and owned by SpaceX, docked at the space depot Sunday.
Reed asked them about the Falcon ride. Hurley said he could feel when the rocket went transonic and destitute the sound barrier. The cosmonauts instantly went from pulling more than three G’s — more than three times the force of Earth’s gravity — to 0 gravity as soon as they reached orbit.
“Sounds like the ultimate ride in a Batmobile with the jet engine turned on,” Reed said.
Behnken said one of the first things he did upon reaching the orbiting lab was call his six-year-old son, Theo, to hear what is was like to watch his father blast into space “and share that a little bit with him while it was still fresh in his mind.”
Hurley and Behnken spent Monday making sure their docked Dragon is ready to make an emergency getaway, if necessary. The capsule will serve as their absolution during their space station visit. They joined three station residents — an American and 2 Russians