SpaceX's Crew Dragon's Team Is Preparing For A Landing
Astronaut Bob Benken, along with Doug Hurley, will participate in the first test flight to the ISS of the newest American ship, Crew Dragon, which is scheduled for May 27.
Benken believes that the flight of the Crew Dragon will be louder than flights on space Shuttle shuttles, and the landing on the water will be softer than landing on the Russian Soyuz.
The ship is supposed to take two astronauts to the ISS and return with them to Earth in the summer. For the first time since 2011, when NASA ended the Shuttle reusable spacecraft program, American astronauts will again be sent to the International space station from the United States.
"I think we expect a smooth flight, we expect it to be loud, especially at the beginning of the mission," Benken told reporters at a NASA briefing. Comparing the upcoming flight with the experience of flying on the Space Shuttle, the astronaut suggested that the flight on the Crew Dragon ship "will be softer, but louder at the initial stage of launch."
The astronaut said that he and his partner in the upcoming launch, Doug Hurley, build their expectations based on video and audio recordings that were conducted during the test of the unmanned launch and the test of the evacuation system of the new ship by SpaceX specialists.
Benken admires the spacecraft's cutting-edge software. "On the Shuttle, with its thousands of buttons and controls, the astronauts had a hard time and there was always a danger of pressing the wrong button at some point," explains the astronaut. "Crew Dragon is much better automated."
According to Benken, another important difference between the flight on Crew Dragon and flights on space Shuttle shuttles, as well as Russian Soyuz ships, will be landing. "We are going to be the first people in a long time to make a landing, and we are trying to prepare for this. We expect it to be slightly softer than the Soyuz landing, but tougher than the Space Shuttle landing," the astronaut said.
By the way, the probability of losing the Shuttle and its crew in the first manned flight in 1981, according to modern estimates, was 1 to 9, said the former head of the Space Shuttle program at NASA, Wayne Hale, RIA Novosti reports. "I was asked about how risky STS-1 was (the first Shuttle flight). in 1981, there were a lot of uninformed guesses. Thirty years later, based on everything we knew, we calculated that the probability of losing the crew and the ship was 1 in 9. This is quite risky," Hale said on his Twitter page.