The manned spacecraft Crew Dragon successfully docked with the ISS. This event did not go unnoticed by the world media, but it gave conflicting assessments.
Historical The mission was called the event by the authors of The Guardian. The Los Angeles Times writes that NASA will no longer have to depend on Russia for the delivery of astronauts to the International Space Station. Moreover, the cost of such flights was always not cheap - 70-80 million dollars (previously they called an even higher price - 90 million dollars).
The publication also praised NASA's experience with commercial companies. Such practices, the Los Angeles Times are convinced, will open the way to the colonization of the Moon and Mars. The fact that nine years of US dependence on Russian "Unions" remained in the past, Bloomberg agency writes.
Kenneth Chang of The New York Times also draws attention to the fact that now it will be possible not to depend on Russia, and claims that after the astronauts the capsule will be able to deliver space tourists to space.
SpaceX became the first private company to accomplish a feat by putting people into orbit. Prior to this, only government agencies could do something similar,
- noted the author of The New York Times.
Marcin Kaczmarczyk from the Polish Gazeta is gloating over the consequences of the launch of Crew Dragon for the Russian space industry. After all, the delivery of American astronauts was a good means of making profit for Russia. However, many Polish readers are quite adequately tuned and remind that this is only the first flight of an American ship in many years, while Russia sent people into space on its ships all the time.
It’s not clear whether the Americans will be able to return safely,
- jokes one of the Polish readers.
The Chinese edition of Sohu draws attention to another, very interesting aspect of the flight. For the first time, the NASA monopoly was “hacked” by a private company, and for NASA this move posed certain risks.
Not only has NASA entrusted so much responsibility to a commercial organization, so even now, "private traders", it turns out, will be able to fly into space themselves. On the other hand, writes Sohu, NASA didn’t have much choice, given the strong desire to free itself from Russia in space missions.
Sina also writes about NASA's new idea - to ensure commercial competition in the space sector, which should increase the efficiency of its development. Actually, the story with the docking Crew Dragon showed it perfectly.
At the same time, Sina emphasizes:
It should be clear that although SpaceX completed its first flight first, this does not mean that SpaceX has formed a monopoly.
In fact, the very fact of a flight organized by a commercial company, and here the Chinese are right, can completely reformat the American space industry, integrating private business into it and making it more flexible and creative. But will Russia follow the US example? It seems that in our country, the state is not yet ready to allow private companies to intervene in such important not only for science, but also for the country's defense capabilities.