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Roscosmos welcomed the launch of the Crew Dragon

The launch of manned spacecraft Crew Dragon opens a new stage in world space program, said the Executive Director of the state Corporation "Roscosmos", the Hero of Russia Sergey Krikalev.

In the US on may 30 from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral made the first nine years of manned launch. The carrier rocket Falcon 9 successfully launched to the ISS spacecraft Crew Dragon. The orbit went Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.

"I would like to greet our American colleagues. Began the next cycle of testing of manned spacecraft, this ship was flying the drone, but now the important option when people flew on the new ship, and it opens a new phase in the manned program - world space program, ISS program and which flew this ship, because we have new opportunities, new reserves," said Krikalev, a video with his words posted to Twitter of the Russian space Agency.

"I am confident that the success of this mission will give us additional opportunities that will benefit the entire international program," he added.