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Primer vuelo de la cápsula Crew Dragon a la EEI

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March 2, 2019 -- Crew Dragon es una versión para pasajeros de la nave robótica de carga Dragon de SpaceX. La cápsula reutilizable puede llevar siete astronautas a la Estación Espacial Internacional y fue construida para un total de 10 vuelos antes de ser reacondicionada. SpaceX a fijado el 2 de marzo para la el primer lanzamiento de prueba de una cápsula Crew Dragon no tripulada a la Estación Espacial Internacional.

Ever since Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight in 1961, only three global superpowers -- the Soviet Union, U.S. and China -- have launched spacecraft carrying humans into space.

Since NASA’s shuttle program ended in 2011 American astronauts have had to hitch rides aboard Russia’s Soyuz, with each seat costing as much as $82 million.

Now, if all goes to plan, the world’s first private spacecraft, crewed by NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken -- both two-time shuttle veterans -- could blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and head for the ISS as early as July.

The launch will be the first in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, a contest between Boeing and SpaceX to fly six crewed NASA missions each to the ISS.

The Crew Dragon can dock automatically to the ISS, while eight powerful SuperDraco engines will allow astronauts to control their trajectory for re-entry and landing back on Earth “with the accuracy of a helicopter,” according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

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