SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns To Earth After First Commercial Flight To Space Station

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns To Earth After First Commercial Flight To Space Station

HOUSTON — SpaceX’s Dragon plug splashed down in a Pacific Ocean during 11:42 a.m. EDT a few hundred miles west of┬áBaja California, Mexico, imprinting a successful finish to a initial goal by a blurb association to resupply a International Space Station.

“Congratulations to a teams during SpaceX and NASA who worked tough to make this initial blurb goal to a International Space Station an strenuous success,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “This successful splashdown and a many other achievements of this goal outrider a new epoch in U.S. blurb spaceflight. American creation and impulse have once again shown their good strength in a pattern and operation of a new era of vehicles to lift load to a laboratory in space. Now some-more than ever we’re counting on a expertise of American companies and American workers to make a International Space Station and other low Earth circuit destinations permitted to any and all who have dreams of space travel.”

The Dragon plug will be taken by vessel to a pier nearby Los Angeles, where it will be prepared for a lapse tour to SpaceX’s exam trickery in McGregor, Texas, for processing. Some load will be private during a pier in California and returned to NASA within 48 hours. The residue will be returned to Texas with a capsule.

The plug delivered to a hire 1,014 pounds of reserve including experiments, food, wardrobe and technology. On a lapse outing to Earth, a plug carried scholarship experiments that will be returned to researchers anticipating to benefit new insights supposing by a singular microgravity sourroundings in a station’s laboratories. In further to a experiments, Dragon returned a sum of 1,367 pounds of hardware and load no longer indispensable aboard a station.

Dragon’s tour to a space hire was SpaceX’s second proof goal underneath NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program, that provides investments to kindle a blurb space attention in America. The goal began May 22 as a plug launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Following a array of tests of a maneuverability and cancel systems, a plug was grappled and berthed to a space hire by a organisation members of Expedition 31 aboard a orbiting complex.

In a subsequent several weeks, NASA will weigh a Dragon capsule’s goal opening to tighten out remaining COTS milestones. Once that work is finished NASA and SpaceX will set a aim date for a company’s initial full load mission.

In further to fostering a growth of new American load vehicles, NASA also is assisting coax creation and growth of new booster and launch vehicles from a blurb attention to rise safe, arguable and cost-effective capabilities to ride astronauts to low Earth circuit and a space station.

NASA also is building a Orion booster and Space Launch System (SLS), a organisation plug and heavy-lift rocket that will yield an wholly new capability for tellurian scrutiny over low Earth orbit. Designed to be stretchable for rising booster for organisation and load missions, SLS and Orion will enhance tellurian participation over low Earth circuit and capacitate new missions of scrutiny opposite a solar system.

For SpaceX goal information and a report of NASA TV coverage, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

For some-more information about a International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

For some-more information about NASA’s blurb space programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial

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