Friday, June 12, 2020

Ham Makes Space History

Launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule
to the International Space Station on
May 30, 2020. (NASA photo)

One of the two astronauts launched to the International Space Station on May 30 aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule is a ham – Bob Behnken is KE5GGX. 

Astronaut Bob Behnken, KE5GGX
(NASA photo)
He and crewmate Doug Hurley were the first astronauts to travel to orbit aboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft, as well as the first to be launched from a U.S. spaceport in over nine years. 

According to Newsline, Behnken and Hurley join the ISS's Expedition 63 crew, which is commanded by another ham, astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR.