NASA and SpaceX launch manned Crew Dragon-3

09:00, 11 November 2021
NASA and SpaceX launch manned Crew Dragon-3

SpaceX's reusable Crew Dragon-3 spacecraft with four astronauts on board, which launched on Thursday to the International Space Station (ISS), successfully entered orbit, NASA reported.

The crew of the mission includes NASA astronauts Raja Chari (commander), Tom Marshburn (pilot), and Kayla Barron, as well as European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer from Germany. They will operate at the station for six months until April 2022.

Meanwhile, about 9.5 minutes after the launch, the first reusable stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle made a vertical landing on the automatic floating platform A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was located in the Atlantic 600 km from the Florida launching site.

Crew-3 represents the third of those six missions for SpaceX, with NASA now benefiting from the investment it made in the company’s spacecraft development.

The manned Crew Dragon-3 mission is a part of NASA's commercial manned program in collaboration with SpaceX, which is the developer of the spacecraft and launch vehicle. According to the US space agency, the cost of each astronaut seat on the spacecraft is about $58 million.

On November 9, The Crew Dragon-2 spacecraft of the American company SpaceX splashed down on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.