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Which of the following launched the 1st unmanned Crew Dragon test capsule to space station recently?
Blue Origin

Correct Answer : Option (A) - SpaceX

With the aim of assuring NASA about astronauts' safety in future flights, Crew Dragon capsule was launched by SpaceX for the first time. The name of the mission is 'Demo-1' and it was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. The capsule did not consist of any humans on board, only a dummy called 'Ripley'. Ripley's name belongs to the main character in the 1979 movie "Alien"s and it consists of sensors help SpaceX visualise the journey to and from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA's Commercial Crew program consists of two test flights- Demo-1and Demo-2. Demo-2 which is going to be the first crewed flight will be launched in July. According to NASA's schedule, SpaceX is set to become the first to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011. Crew Dragon is slated to autonomously dock to the ISS at approximately 6:00 a.m. EST on March 3. It is carrying about 400 pounds supplies and equipment to the space station.

Published On : July 11, 2021