Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Archive for May, 2012

Dragon: Flown Home!

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The SpaceX mission that sent the first commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station is recapped following its return to Earth.

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Musk: “Welcome Home, Baby” as Dragon Mission Ends

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As Elon Musk’s Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning, he was thinking “welcome home, baby” as the mission came to a picture perfect ending.

 

In response to a reporter’s question about what he was thinking as Dragon floated in the ocean, he said his thoughts were “welcome home, baby. …. I feel really great, like seeing your kid come home.”

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With Dragon Success, SpaceX Set for More Private Spaceflights

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SpaceX’s historic test flight to the International Space Station may be over, but the company’s commercial Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket will be flying again in just a few short months.

 

The unmanned Dragon capsule returned to Earth today (May 31), successfully completing a mission that marked the first private flight to the space station. The mission, which launched May 22, was a demonstration to show that Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket are ready to provide bona fide cargo services for NASA.

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With Dragon Success, SpaceX Set for More Private Spaceflights

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SpaceX’s historic test flight to the International Space Station may be over, but the company’s commercial Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket will be flying again in just a few short months.

 

The unmanned Dragon capsule returned to Earth today (May 31), successfully completing a mission that marked the first private flight to the space station. The mission, which launched May 22, was a demonstration to show that Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket are ready to provide bona fide cargo services for NASA.

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SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth to close out historic mission (UPDATED)

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In the final chapter of a history-making space drama, a commercial cargo ship completed a near-flawless test flight to the International Space Station with an on-target splashdown off the Baja California peninsula Thursday, clearing the way for the start of routine cargo delivery missions later this year.

 

Splashdown some 560 miles off the Baja California peninsula came at 11:42 a.m., within sight of a SpaceX recovery team made up of about 16 engineers, technicians and divers, along with contractors operating a 185-foot crane-equipped barge, a crew boat and two inflatables. The recovery crew quickly attached cables and worked to haul the capsule aboard for the long trip back to the Port of Long Beach.

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CSF Congratulates SpaceX on Successful Dragon Flight | Parabolic Arc

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Washington D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates SpaceX for the completion of its Commercial Orbital Transportation System demonstration with the successful splashdown of the Dragon capsule today. Dragon departed the Station this morning and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, carrying over 1,000lbs of cargo from the International Space Station.

 

CSF President, Michael Lopez-Alegria said in a statement, “This is an incredible achievement for SpaceX and NASA. Since the retirement of the Shuttle there has been no ability to return a significant amount of cargo aboard any vehicle. Having the capability to ferry payloads to low Earth orbit is essential; having the ability to bring useful cargo such as scientific samples back to Earth will dramatically increase the research capacity of the ISS. CSF commends SpaceX and NASA for the completion of the COTS demonstration, proving that NASA’s use of commercial providers to develop vehicles for the ISS has been a success. NASA and congress should build on this success by robustly funding a competitive commercial crew program that will reduce our dependence on aging Russian infrastructure, ensure the success of the Space Station and keep high-tech jobs here in America.”

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Mission Accomplished! – Congratulations to SpaceX for Historic Success Opens New Door to the Future | SpaceRef

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The Texas Space Alliance proudly congratulates SpaceX and their partners at NASA for achieving a true first in the history of the space program over the past seven days. The successful launch on May 25, 2012 will forever mark entry into a brave new world, and the evolution of the private commercial space world into the workings of US and government space activities.

 

“With the subsequent successful capture and mating of the Dragon vehicle to the ISS, the U.S. once again leads the world in space, by showing how the commercial space world can be a reliable partner, beyond the traditional government contractor mold, to deliver goods and services in space that government paid efforts alone can no longer easily fund,” said Wayne Rast, TXA Policy Director. “Today’s successful reentry and return of the Dragon vehicle showcases SpaceX as a proven leader of this new industry.”

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