Great news on the commercialization of space: Dragon Fire: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared into space, carrying the Dragon capsule to orbit at 3:44 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
This is their second successful demonstration flight for NASA, and this time it is supposed to dock with the International Space Station. Let’s hope all goes well with this.
It’s fun to see science fiction becoming fact (though long after many people expected). What do you think?
UPDATE: SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully docked with the ISS, making history as the first private spacecraft to do so. Truly the beginning of a new era, the commercialization of space travel.
- SpaceX Dragon successfully launches: New age of private spaceflight (slashgear.com)
- SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off, Heads To ISS (myfoxphilly.com)
- SpaceX in final countdown for second ISS Dragon attempt (slashgear.com)
- SpaceX FInally Takes Off [SpaceX] (gizmodo.com)
- No Glitch This Time As SpaceX Celebrates Successful Launch (inquisitr.com)
- SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Launches Toward ISS (fastcompany.com)
- SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully launches (geek.com)
- SpaceX successfully delivers Dragon spacecraft into low Earth orbit (gizmag.com)