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Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are not only trialling the new hardware, they are also initiating a new business model for Nasa.
The agency will no longer own the vehicles it uses but merely purchase the “taxi” service offered by SpaceX.
The astronauts’ Dragon capsule left Earth atop its Falcon-9 rocket precisely on time - at 16:22 local Florida time (20:22 GMT / 21:22 BST). (UNI)