SpaceX successfully launched the Crew Dragon with four astronauts on board. They went to the ISS from the NASA cosmodrome in Florida. The flight involves three American astronauts – Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as one Japanese – Soichi Noguchi, who represents the Japanese aerospace agency JAXA.
The spacecraft has already reached orbit, where it will stay for less than a day, after which it will dock with the International Space Station. Crew Dragon will carry out the process automatically without human intervention. The Falcon 9 stage after acceleration made a successful landing on the Just Read the Instructions drone platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
This is the second SpaceX flight with astronauts on board, but the first as part of a full-fledged mission. Since the space shuttle, Crew Dragon has become the first NASA certified human transport vehicle and the first commercial vehicle to perform such tasks.