SpaceX sent four astronauts into orbit on Friday, renovating the once-used rocket and vehicle. Elon Musk’s fast-growing company has sent manned spacecraft into space for the third time in a year. These astronauts from the United States, Japan and France will reach the International Space Center on Saturday morning. They will travel for 23 hours in the same dragon space that SpaceX used as its first manned vehicle last May.
This is the first time that SpaceX has reused a vehicle and a rocket to send astronauts to NASA. The rocket was used for the company’s second manned space flight last November.
Adopting this trend, spacecraft commander Shane Kimbrog and his fellow travelers were to start a new tradition a week earlier by writing the initials of their names out of the smoke emanating from the rocket.
After the launch, Musk said, “If you have fast and full reuse capability, then this is the path of movement to other worlds. That’s what we’re trying to do, and with the cooperation of NASA, things are changing dramatically.
For NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, it’s kind of a past experience. She was sitting in the same seat that her husband Bob Behnken sat on during SpaceX’s first manned flight.
It also stars Akihiko Hoshide from Japan and Thomas Pesquet from France, the first European to be sent in a commercial spacecraft.