NASA set to go commercial with SpaceX

NASA set to go commercial with SpaceX

Summary: Privately owned Space X will provide the rocket and capsule for their mission to restock the International Space Station.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • NASA and SpaceX have set their third launch date at May 19 for the first privately built and funded spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station. This could be the beginning of a new era of space travel - from the private sector.

    For this mission SpaceX is planning to launch its Dragon capsule, loaded with 1,200 pounds of cargo, with its own rocket, the Falcon 9. Elan Musk is the owner and chief engineer of the company.

    Plus, here's a look at SpaceX and other entries into the new space race.

    Here's the Falcon 9 being readied for launch.

  • NASA officials compare this mission to the Mercury program which was the first step to the Apollo program and landing on the moon. SpaceX's launch is expected to open the door for future commercial flights.

    Technicians are loading supplies into Dragon in preparation for their rendevous.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • Hatch, Not Window!

    The picture of the 'big window' is actually the picture of the open hatch on the side of the Dragon capsule...