‘Astronaut’ dummy Ripley rides aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon bound for space station

The capsule is expected to reach the International Space Station on Sunday

The capsule is expected to reach the International Space Station on Sunday

Although the Dragon capsule itself is created to carry a crew of up to seven astronauts skyward, the one that launched on Saturday - Demo-1 is its designation - is more of a test run: it's carrying a few hundred pounds of cargo, plus a sensor-filled dummy named "Ripley".

Doug Hurley, one of the two astronauts chosen for the future first manned flight, said: "We will be ready when SpaceX and Nasa are ready for us to fly". No private company has ever launched humans into orbit, and during a webcast of the launch, SpaceX employees could be seen packed into the main foyer of the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., cheering each milestone. That will be the first launch of American astronauts aboard a USA rocket since the shuttle program ended in 2011. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its crew Dragon capsule before putting people on board later this year.

The capsule is due to stay on the ISS for a period of five days, where it will undergo testing from the station's resident astronauts.

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SpaceX's Crew Dragon began its inaugural test flight early Saturday morning.

SpaceX's 16-foot-tall (4.88-meter) Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was set for lift-off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 2:49 am (1049 GMT) local time.

An estimated 5,000 NASA and contractor employees, tourists and journalists gathered in the wee hours at Kennedy Space Center with the SpaceX launch team, as the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off before dawn from the same spot where Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles once soared. It follows an eight-year lapse from the last flight of the Space Shuttle during which America has bought seats on Russian Soyuz rockets for crew trips to the station. While Falcon 9's have completed many successful lift-offs, today's was special because it is the first outing for SpaceX's new Crew Dragon module, created to take astronauts into orbit. Soyuz tickets have skyrocketed over the years; NASA now pays $82 million per seat.

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If the test goes to plan, it will be approved to carry people. SpaceX has been developing Crew Dragon under a $2.6 billion commercial-crew contract with NASA, after all.

Instead of solar wings, solar cells are on the spacecraft itself.

In the video, you can see the inside of the unmanned capsule as it launches, which contains a dummy model named Ripley, and a small Earth plushy.

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Early on Friday, Musk, who is also a chief executive officer of electric carmaker Tesla Inc, tweeted a photo of the inside of Crew Dragon capsule with a mannequin nicknamed Ripley strapped inside.

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