The SpaceX Crew Dragon is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, in which it collaborates with private companies to develop new options for human space travel - and end US reliance on Russian space vehicles to get astronauts into orbit.
Later today, the last and the most hard stage of the mission, the actual return back to Earth will take place. Both SpaceX and Boeing have been working hard to meet that demand, and past year it seemed like Boeing's Starliner would beat the Crew Dragon to its delivery date. Boeing is set to test their crewed vehicle in Spring this year.
The SpaceX capsule passed a crucial test on March 3, when the commercial spacecraft docked at the International Space Station.
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NASA TV footage showed the capsule gently drifting into the ocean, its decent slowed by its four main orange and white parachutes, which folded into the water around it as boats sped toward the site. The Crew Dragon is a modified version of the Dragon cargo capsule that has numerously delivered cargoes to the ISS since 2012.
After the inspections are complete, the same spacecraft will be refurbished and launched again in April for a critical in-flight abort test, triggering the capsule's eight Super Draco rocket motors to demonstrate its ability to quickly pull away from a malfunctioning booster.
Completing the test mission on Friday will bring SpaceX's Crew Dragon one step closer to flying humans - and ending the United States' years-long reliance on Russian Federation to fly astronauts to and from the ISS.
Crew Dragon also aced a key NASA review ahead of launch, and the space agency hasn't reported any issues with the mission thus far. Dragon Crew is making history for all sorts of reasons.
That completes its short mission to the ISS that put the module created to carry humans to space to test for the first time.
The space station's three-member crew greeted the capsule last Sunday, with United States astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques entering Crew Dragon's cabin to carry out air-quality tests and inspections.
Almost five days later, astronauts at the Space Station closed the hatch on the capsule, according to NASA.
"The teams have just done an unbelievable job - both the Space X and the Nasa teams jointly".