SpaceX, the private company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk(Co-founder of eBay) to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. SpaceX on October 7,2012 8:35 p.m. ET successfully launched the Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on the first (private) official cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Thus creating one more mark in the private space exploration.
The SpaceX CRS-1 mission marks the first of its 12 SpaceX missions to the space station under the company’s cargo resupply contract with NASA. On board the Dragon spacecraft are materials to support investigations planned for the station’s Expedition 33 crew, as well as crew supplies and space station hardware. SpaceX has started to series of historical moments in the private sector of the space exploration. This is revolution has also inspired many other private companies to take part in the space exploration such as Amazon, Google are also lining up to create a set of histories.
Dragon will return with scientific materials and space station hardware. It will now chase the space station before beginning a series of burns that will bring it into close proximity to the station. If all goes well, Dragon will attach to the complex on October 10 and spend over two weeks there before an expected return to Earth on October 28.
“We are right where we need to be at this stage in the mission,” said Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Technical Officer, SpaceX. “We still have a lot of work to do, of course, as we guide Dragon’s approach to the space station. But the launch was an unqualified success.”
The CRS-1 mission follows a historic demonstration flight last May when SpaceX’s Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to attach to the space station, exchange cargo, and return safely to Earth. The flight signaled restoration of American capability to resupply the space station, not possible since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.