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SpaceX Buckles In ‘Ripley’, Its Next Dummy After ‘Starman’, For Launch To Space
By Yoon Sann Wong, 04 Mar 2019
SpaceX has strapped in its first passenger aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft test flight for passage to the International Space Station.
On 2 March, SpaceX launched the commercial crew vessel from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with its dummy ‘Ripley’ onboard the flight. The Crew Dragon was designed in close collaboration with NASA to meet the space agency’s demanding safety standards, in aims of eventually transporting astronauts to the International Space Station.
Unlike SpaceX’s first mannequin ‘Starman’, which was placed inside a Tesla Roadster and launched together with the Falcon Heavy Rocket, ‘Ripley’ serves as an “anthropomorphic test device.” The dummy has been clothed in a white spacesuit that contains sensors to record vibrations and audio within the capsule throughout its journey.
To make things even more fun, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared that the “super high tech zero-g indicator,” modeled after Earth, was added just before the launch.
Super high tech zero-g indicator added just before launch! pic.twitter.com/CRO26plaXq— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019
15 hours ago, SpaceX announced on Twitter that the Crew Dragon had safely docked at the International Space Station, where it would spend the next five days.
On 8 March, the Crew Dragon is scheduled to leave the Space Station and descend through Earth’s atmosphere some five hours later. The spacecraft will slow its fall with the deployment of four massive parachutes, and is expected to land in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral, Florida, at approximately 8.45am ET.
Ripley pic.twitter.com/Z9Ztram8Ai— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 1, 2019
Earth floats gently in zero gravity pic.twitter.com/XUH3KeDPVe— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019
[via Mashable, main image via Elon Musk]
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