Ripley Dragon V2 SpaceX

At a post-launch press conference earlier this morning, Elon Musk said “I’d be happy to go on the vehicle. I think it’s a good design,” of the Crew Dragon spaceship. There were no humans onboard this time, but the space capsule was carrying 400 lbs of cargo and a female crash-test dummy named “Ripley” to the International Space Station, where it’s scheduled to arrive around 3:30 a.m. ET before autonomously docking at 6 a.m. ET. Read more for two more videos, launch included, and additional information.



“At 2:49 a.m. ET on Saturday, SpaceX used a 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Crew Dragon on its maiden space flight, a six-day-long demonstration mission called Demo-1. Loads of sensors in Ripley and the capsule are logging data that will help engineers tweak the spaceship’s design and qualify it for human passengers,” reports Business Insider.