Three Americans and one Japanese arrived at MSS in “Dragon” capsules, and docking was completed at 5.01 CST.
The space station orbiting 400 kilometers from Earth will be their home for the next six months. After that, they will be replaced by another group of astronauts who will arrive with the “dragon”.
This rotation will continue until Boeing starts using spacecraft next year.
Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and experienced Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi arrive at the station. Two American astronauts and two Russian astronauts have previously been in orbital facilities.
The development of “Dragon” capsules took about 10 years, combining public and private programs that NASA started in 2011 and could send people back into space.
This was the first operational mission “Space Ex” performed for NASA in this program after making its first test flight with two American astronauts last summer.