Historic SpaceX test flight bound for International Space Station

The Dragon capsule, designed to carry astronauts, will collect data to prove the spaceship is safe for astronauts.
3:08 | 03/02/19

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It was a dramatic early morning liftoff for spacex conducting its first unmanned flight test of its crew dragon spacecraft. This test could pave the way for future manned launches and ABC's senior transportation correspondent David Kerley joins us from cape canaveral in Florida with more on this mission. David, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. The dragon capsule is orbiting the Earth at this hour. It still faces a couple of serious tests but so far so good. Ignition, liftoff. Reporter: This thunderous takeoff a major step forward in returning Americans to space from American soil. The first test of spacex's crew capsule the dragon with a full-size test dummy named Ripley collecting data to prove the spaceship is safe for astronauts. An accomplishment for Elon Musk. Super stressful, but it worked. Reporter: Spacex recovering its rocket and that important data. Ripley named after the character in "Alien" filled with sensors and probes. What did you see? What data? How did the mannequin test dummy -- Oh, sure. Reporter: -- Ripley do? The bias was towards data so data all looking good. The mannequin didn't complain once. It looks fine. Reporter: All information to prove that Doug hurley and Bob Behnken can strap in in the coming months. Something exciting about being first, getting to fly coming out of this. Reporter: Tomorrow morning this new crew capsule is expected to dock for a five-day stay. A reignition of the American manned space program taking off from the historic pad 39a where the Apollo and space shuttle missions launched. -- Has cleared the tower. Reporter: But for the past eight years with no vehicle, the U.S. Has been forced to rely on Russian soyuz flights to get astronauts to space. The benefits humanity has received from space exploration in general is immeasurable. Reporter: The American space industry cheering. This latest leap back into space. As I mentioned, two major tests ahead for this dragon capsule. We mentioned it's going to dock tomorrow morning with the space station. That's critical, and then five days later it comes back to Earth. Re-entry another critical test. How does it fly? It's different than their dragon cargo capsule they've used in the past, and it's not just spacex, guys. Boeing is also putting together its own capsule. It's called the star liner and they hope to test theirs next month so pretty soon, it could be by the end of this year, Americans on american-built vehicles leaving from American soil to the space station. An exciting new era in space travel. David Kerley, thanks so much. I think it's only a matter of time before Ripley has its own Twitter handle. It's coming. I know what those seats are going to cost to go to space. Hundreds of thousands of Yes. Yes.

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