SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Launch Photos?

SpaceX's Dragon capsule, boosted by the company's own Falcon 9 rocket, blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral at 10:43 a.m., following a 90-minute delay caused by a faulty indicator light. Dragon circled the globe twice before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, about 500 miles west of the Mexican coastline.

The SpaceX launch, a test of a commercially developed spacecraft designed to take cargo and eventually astronauts to the International Space Station, was successful from beginning to end on Wednesday.

The successful splashdown by SpaceX marks the first time that a commercial company sent a rocket and capsule into space and brought the spacecraft safely back to Earth.

Are there photos of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launch? SpaceX plans to launch a manned mission into orbit sometime next year. That is going to be exciting.

asked by Brick in Astronomy & Space | 2389 views | 12-08-2010 at 09:08 PM

It was a key launch for SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. The Dragon capsule is considered a contender for the job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired in 2011.

The mission marks a major turning point for private spaceflight and a key milestone for SpaceX, a venture started by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The launch marked the first of at least two demonstration flights SpaceX must perform to show it is capable of fulfilling its $1.6 billion contract for 12 resupply flights to the space station once the shuttles retire next year.

NASA's COTS program will provide cargo flights to the International Space Station. In 2008, NASA awarded SpaceX, a launch services contract that allowed it to compete for missions using the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.

Photos of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launch today.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Launch

answered by Sage | 12-08-2010 at 09:09 PM

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