Monday, December 6, 2010

SpaceX Ready To Rumble

All seems to be A-OK for the first flight of a dummy Dragon capsule atop its Falcon 9 launcher, according to SpaceX, the company building both Dragon and Falcon 9. The launch is scheduled for tomorrow morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Dragon is scheduled to splashdown in the Pacific perhaps four hours later, to be recovered by a SpaceX ship.

The Falcon 9-Dragon configuration is slated to service ISS after the space shuttle is retired by delivering cargo and carrying away garbage. SpaceX is also looking at man-rating Dragon so that it can also ferry humans to and from low Earth orbit.

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