The rocket pushed a newly human-rated Crew Dragon spaceship into orbit, carrying the NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker as well as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Soichi Noguchi.
Sunday night's launch marked SpaceX's first operational mission for NASA under that program, after the rocket company launched and returned an initial test crew of two USA astronauts to space last summer. Though SpaceX is reported to have invested a large sum, the scale of the U.S. government funding underscores how crucial public spending is to such engagement; the two companies have received almost $8 billion from NASA for the development of their crew capsules, the Crew Dragon and the Starliner.
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As many as 13 astronauts were on board at one time in 2009. The two-pilot test flight earlier this year lasted two months. Glover, a space rookie, is the first African American to move into the station as part of a long haul mission.
NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins speaks during a post-arrival news conference aboard the International Space Station. "We can't wait to have you on board", said Kate Rubins, the USA astronaut already at the space station.
NASA had been reliant on Russia's space program since 2011, when the US shuttle program ended.
This is the second astronaut mission for SpaceX.
In 2014 SpaceX along with Boeing was selected by NASA to develop space research systems to transfer space research crews from the US To the International Space Station. Eastern Time on Monday after making the 27-hour journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
During a brief dispatch between mission control and the astronauts yesterday afternoon, mission commander Hopkins asked ground control operators if they could see Mr Glover smiling "because it hasn't stopped since we've been up here".
"It looks fantastic from up here, too", Hopkins replied.