Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SpaceX: Test to Join Space Station

Bloomberg News

SpaceX Faces Test to Join Space Station

By Brendan McGarry on May 23, 2012
  • SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon capsule, at 3:44 a.m. Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The craft atop the rocket carried more than 1,000 pounds of food, clothing and lab equipment. Photo: Bruce Weaver/AFP via Getty Images
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s supply ship successfully blasted off for the International Space Station yesterday in what company founder Elon Musk said was like a Super Bowl victory.
While the closely held company would make history by becoming the first to dock a commercial vehicle at the station. it’s not there yet. The next big challenge comes tomorrow, when the unmanned craft must fly by the lab as part of an ultimate driver’s test that involves speeding up, slowing down and parallel parking.


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