Flawless manned launch into space by US ‘wakeup call’ for Russia: experts


NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (rear) and Doug Hurley are strapped in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. ? AFP MOSCOW: After the flawless manned launch by US company SpaceX, Russia has lost its long-held monopoly as the only country able to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. The Russian space agency congratulated the United States and Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the first crewed flight ever by a private company, but experts said the launch should be a wakeup call for Roscosmos.