The new Crew Dragon capsule SpaceX has successfully sailed this Friday in the Atlantic Ocean, about 200 miles off the coast of Florida, after more than six days in space, ending its demonstration mission for the POT, with a view to a return of the American manned flights.
Launched last Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the capsule had been coupled on Sunday to the International Space Station, before separating from her this Friday. The live images of NASA showed the opening of the parachutes and the landing at 8.45 in the morning (14.45, Madrid time), the scheduled time.
SpaceX and NASA launched the new capsule last Saturday (at 2.49 Florida time, 8.49 in Madrid) aboard a rocket Falcon 9. On this first occasion, the ship has not transported astronauts, although that is its medium-term objective. The launch occurs eight years after the space shuttle flew for the last time.
In 2008, NASA selected two private companies to outsource commercial flights to the ISS: Space X and Orbital, both animated by what at the time seemed like a utopia: designing their own spacecraft, although at the moment they were mere freighters.