Volume 90 Issue 22 | p. 36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 28, 2012

Commercial Spacecraft Heads To Space Station

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: NASA, SpaceX, ISS, commercial space flight

In the wee hours of May 22, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft on its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. This is the second demonstration mission for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program and the first time a commercially developed and built spacecraft has been launched to the International Space Station (ISS). “Today marks the beginning of a new era in exploration: A private company has launched a spacecraft . . .

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