The first U.S. commercial spacecraft to head for the International Space Station made its first fly-by of the orbiter this morning and now is undergoing a series of pre-rendezvous tests.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceOn Sunday, October 7, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon space capsule was launched toward the International Space Station aboard its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch phase had one abnormality but the Dragon spacecraft was still able to complete its trip into space and it is now speeding toward its goal, rendezvous and docking with the ISS.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceThe first NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2012. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has this honor!
The first commercial cargo ship (Dragon) planning to fly to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) will be delayed by nearly two months so engineers can perform additional testing.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceThe SpaceX Dragon reusable capsule was launched on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, flew to the International Space Station, and returned to Earth on May 31st as the first commercially-built and operated spacecraft to complete such a mission. A video is available to see the entire mission.
The first commercial mission to the International Space Station was aborted just before liftoff early Saturday morning on May 19, 2012, when a sensor picked up an indication of high pressure in one of the first-stage engines of the SpaceX rocket.
It’s been a good week for space travel. Just last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 — their very first spacecraft capable for carrying astronauts (as opposed to just cargo) to the stars. They expect to be shuttling astronauts back and forth to the International Space Station by 2017.