SpaceX successfully launches first commercial space flight

SpaceX Launch

SpaceX, founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk of Tesla Motors fame, has successfully launched its Dragon capsule on its Falcon 9 rocket booster into space after a failed attempt on Saturday. The launch, which occurred this morning at 3:44 AM, ushers in a new age of commercial space travel. SpaceX will be delivering supplies to the International Space Station, the first such private mission since the space shuttles were officially decommissioned last year. The next steps in the process involve the Dragon orbiting around Earth until Thursday, at which time it will approach the ISS, and, should everything be in order, docking with the ISS on Friday. We’re almost there folks; next stop, private flights to the moon.

Watch the historic moment below:


[YouTube: RussiaToday]

[Image Source: NASA]

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3 thoughts on “SpaceX successfully launches first commercial space flight

  1. ab says:

    Capitalism at its best. Once the government is out of the picture, we will all be going to space in 10 years.

    • Gadi says:

      Yes, I really hope so! It will definitely take some time for the market to develop, what with the government having a monopoly on the expertise and SpaceX being the only private company right now, but it is just a matter of time.

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