A recent trip into space has become an Internet sensation for many in the glass business, as the shuttle now sports a full glass cockpit.
On Saturday, May 30, 2020 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the next day Crew Dragon autonomously docked to the International Space Station, according to SpaceX.
The test flight, according to SpaceX, had NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft. Both astronauts have been working with SpaceX to get the vehicle ready for its first crewed flight. Hurley said the glass cockpit took a bit of getting used to.
“Demo-2 is the final major test for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s commercial crew program is a turning point for America’s future in space exploration that lays the groundwork for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond,” a portion of SpaceX’s statement reads.
The Dragon shuttle also has several touchscreens included on the inside, according to SpaceX engineers, the design was to be functional with a focus on the user’s overall experience.
“When we wanted to take Dragon and make it human-rated, I think we took a different approach to spaceship design than has previously been done, because we wanted this to feel like a 21st Century spaceship,” said John Federspiel, SpaceX engineer.