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SpaceX Launches Demonstration Flight Towards ISS
5.22.2012
 
On Tuesday, May 22, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule on a demonstration flight towards the International Space Station. The launch occurred at 3:44 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

During the flight, the Dragon capsule will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including the capability to rendezvous and berth with the space station. Planned evaluations include a flyby of the station at a distance of approximately 1.5 miles to validate the operation of sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe rendezvous and approach. The spacecraft also will demonstrate the ability to abort the rendezvous. Once Dragon successfully proves these capabilities, it will be cleared to berth with the space station. Includes footage of the launch and post-launch interview/speech excerpts.


TRT: 1:04
Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX      

Center Contact: Michael Curie, 321-867-2468
HQ Contact: Trent Perrotto, 202-358-0321
For more info: www.nasa.gov
Social Media: #DragonLaunch


Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

“The significance of this day cannot be overstated.  A private company has launched a spacecraft to the International Space Station, that will attempt to dock there for the first time, and while there is a lot of work ahead to complete this first mission, we certainly off to a good start and I hope you all will agree to that.”
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Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

“We are now back on the brink of a new future, a future that stands on the shoulders of Mercury, and Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle.  A future that embraces the innovation the private sector brings to the table, and a future that opens the skies to limitless possibilities.  Again, congratulations to the SpaceX and NASA teams and Godspeed Dragon.”
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Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX

“We obviously still have to go through a number of steps to dock and effectively berth with the space station but everything is looking really good and I would really count today as a success no matter what happens the rest of the mission”
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