SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Resupply Ship to International Space Station

  • October 8, 2012
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SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Resupply Ship to International Space Station

At 8:35 EDT October 7th SpaceX launched its Dragon Capsule to the International Space Station. The Dragon Capsule is considered a Cargo Resupply Ship or CRS.

This is the second Dragon capsule send off to the Space Station by the California-based SpaceX. The first launch was last spring. The launch location was Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA has a 1.6 billion dollar contract with SpaceX for 12 re-supply missions.

The Dragon will reach the International Space Station October 10th. The Dragon capsule is carrying 1,000 pounds of food, water, scientific experiments and Space Station parts. Included in the 1000 pounds of supplies there was an extra special treat, chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream, yum!  Ironically Dragon will return parachuting to Earth with twice as much cargo as it took up.

SpaceX does have some competition with a company called Orbital. Orbital has almost a $2 billion contract with NASA for station resupply missions.

Watch the Dragon launch video:

Contact SpaceX:

Rocket Road  Hawthorne, CA 90250

(310) 363-6000

Visit http://spacex.com

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