SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launches for the first time
Friday, December 10, 2010
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), a company, has successfully launched its on its maiden voyage to orbit atop a from , Florida on Wednesday. The launch was followed by a successful landing of the unmanned capsule in the Pacific Ocean hours later.
During its maiden flight, the Dragon capsule completed about twoand executed successful de-orbiting operations, followed by successful , parachute deployment, and in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico.
The Dragon spacecraft is the first commercial space transport certified to reach orbit and return to Earth. The successful flight of the Dragon spacecraft makes SpaceX the first private firm to launch its own craft to orbit and return it to Earth.
The Dragon spacecraft is part of a contract between the California-based company and the United States' space agency, NASA, to provide transport for crews and supplies to and from the International Space Station.
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