Wednesday, December 08, 2010
A New Giant Leap
Photo credit: NASA/Kevin O'Connell
History was made today with the launch and return to Earth of the SpaceX Dragon capsule, which will carry cargo and likely eventually people to the International Space Station (ISS) and possibly other destinations in space. Today's flight marks a major advance toward a new form of partnership between NASA and the commercial sector in conducting space endeavors.
Clark Lindsey has posted numerous reports and comments on the flight here and here.
Meanwhile, the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Taurus II rocket has arrived at Wallops Island, Virginia for its first planned launch next summer. Like SpaceX, Orbital will be carrying cargo to the ISS for NASA.
Congratulations to the SpaceX team and all who played a role in today's accomplishment. Here's a video of today's spectacular launch.