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11/16/2020 | Press release | Archived content

Crew-1 Mission

On Monday, November 16 at 11:01 p.m. EST, 04:01 UTC on November 17, SpaceX's Dragon autonomously docked with the International Space Station (ISS) after Falcon 9 launched the spacecraft to orbit from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

As part of the Commercial Crew Program, NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchiflew aboard Dragon on its first six-month operational mission to the space station. After its approximately six-month stay at the orbiting laboratory, Dragon and the astronauts will return to Earth and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

Following Dragon's second demonstration mission (Demo-2), NASA certified SpaceX for operational crew missions to and from the space station. Crew-1 is the first of three scheduled Dragon human spaceflights over the course of 2020 and 2021.

The return of human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built is a turning point for America's future space exploration, and it lays the groundwork for missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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01. LIFTOFF
02. ORBIT ACTIVATION
03. PHASING BURNS
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04. APPROACH INITIATION
05. PROXIMITY OPERATION
06. DOCKING & PRESSURIZATION

To The space station

On its way to the space station, Dragon executed a series of burns that positioned the vehicle progressively closer to the space station before it executed final docking maneuvers.

Mission

To The space station

On its way to the space station, Dragon executed a series of burns that positioned the vehicle progressively closer to the space station before it executed final docking maneuvers.

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01. LIFTOFF

Falcon 9's first stage lofts Dragon to orbit. Falcon 9's first and second stage separate. Second stage accelerates Dragon to orbital velocity.

02. ORBIT ACTIVATION

Dragon separates from Falcon 9's second stage and performs initial orbit activation and checkouts of propulsion, life support, and thermal control systems.

03. PHASING BURNS

Dragon performs delta-velocity orbit raising maneuvers to catch up with the International space station.

04. APPROACH INITIATION

Dragon establishes a communication link with the space station and performs its final orbit raising delta-velocity burn.

05. PROXIMITY OPERATION

Dragon establishes relative navigation to the space station and arrives along the docking axis, initiating an autonomous approach.

06. DOCKING & PRESSURIZATION

Dragon performs final approach and docks with the space station, followed by pressurization, hatch open, and crew ingress.