After launching successfully at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the SpaceX Crew Dragon has been orbiting Earth to arrive in position to dock with the International Space Station.
The mission, called Demo-1, is the first flight test of a space system designed for humans built and operated by a commercial company through a public-private partnership. The mission and testing continues through the docking phase, which includes many first-time events that cannot be totally modeled on the ground and, thus, are critical to understanding the design and systems ability to support crew flights.
During the spacecraft’s approach, in-orbit demonstrations will include rendezvous activities from a distance of up to 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), known as far field, and activities within one mile (1.6 kilometers), known as near field. As the spacecraft approaches the space station, it will demonstrate its automated control and maneuvering capabilities by reversing course and backing away from the station before the final docking sequence.
Source: NASA Video YouTube Channel