SpaceX’s historic first manned flight of its manned Dragon spacecraft is scheduled for May 27 and will carry two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS),media CNET reported. SpaceX released a docking simulator online Tuesday that allows anyone to try to safely “dock” a manned Dragon spacecraft with the International Space Station.
“This simulator will familiarize you with the actual interface of NASA’s Dragon 2 spacecraft to the International Space Station,” SpaceX said, warning that the process “requires patience and precision.” “Don’t use big moves near the International Space Station,” SpaceX advises.
The upcoming SpaceX Demo-2 mission will be manned by NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both trained experts who are well-positioned for this complex docking. Astronauts may not have to rely on their training. “The manned Dragon mission will dock autonomously to the space station, but if necessary the crew can manually control the spacecraft,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter.
NASA Director Jim Bridenine also tweeted Tuesday that he passed the simulator test on his first attempt last year.
The manned mission is part of NASA’s commercial crew program. They are planning to put astronauts into orbit from the U.S. mainland for the first time since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011
。 NASA said in a statement Tuesday that the capsule’s real-world control system uses a touch screen that can be operated while wearing SpaceX space suit gloves, but astronauts can also choose to manually control it physically.