Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, was one of two NASA astronauts who made space flight history over the weekend. Behnken and Doug Hurley were the first astronauts since the 1970s to land in the water after their crew dragon capsule crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. On May 30, the pair made history as the first live crew to be launched into space in a commercial vehicle, for a stay on the International Space Station (ISS), marking the return of human space flight to American soil for the first time. once in nearly a decade.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle transported the crew into orbit from Cape Canaveral. The so-called “Demo-2” was the last major test for SpaceX̵
“On behalf of the SpaceX and NASA teams, welcome back to planet Earth,” SpaceX engineer Michael Heiman aired the crew after they landed. “And thanks for flying SpaceX.”
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine proclaimed that the United States was entering a new era of human spaceflight, noting that NASA was no longer the only option for U.S. space travel. “We will be a customer,” he said. NASA has entered into a contract with two companies – SpaceX and Boeing – to transport astronaut crews to and from the ISS.
While part of the crew of the space station for 2 months, Behnken and astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, the only American on board when their Attempt anchored capsule, has made four spacewalks to install new batteries on the ISS.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle was designed for short-term missions and the Behnken and Hurley mission was only scheduled for a week. As a result, Behnken did not receive amateur radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) on the formation of radio equipment in the Russian sector. NASA subsequently decided to monitor the mission and make a decision on how long the Crew Dragon would remain. Cassidy has fielded all the contacts of the ARISS school.