The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket proved to be a “true flying machine” compared to the space shuttle, as Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who became the first pilots of the Falcon 9 rocket and DragonXrew capsule from SpaceX, say so.
Both astronauts previously participated in two space shuttle flights, and now they were surprised at how smooth the launch of SpaceX was. “We didn’t even need to look at speed. It felt like everything was very smooth, this is a real machine for flying, ”say the pilots, pointing to“ the absolute difference from space shuttles. ”
“The biggest difference is the dynamics involved, the vibrations, the sensations we experienced. But the second stage, the flight to the second stage, was tougher. It will be interesting to discuss this with the guys from SpaceX, ”said Benken.