The Straits Times
Published on Oct 08, 2012

SpaceX makes 1st supply launch to International Space Station


WASHINGTON (AFP) - SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Sunday, launching the cargo-laden Dragon capsule into Earth’s orbit on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa) first privately-run supply mission.

The engine fires traced a bright trail across the night sky over Nasa's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the site of many launches into space after the on-time lift off at at 8.35pm (8.35am Singapore time).

Dragon, carrying around 455kg of supplies, is set to reach the ISS on Wednesday, where it will spend about two weeks. This is the
first of 12 planned missions in the US firm’s US$1.6 billion (S$1.97 billion) contract with Nasa.

“Everything worked well, the weather stayed good – that was the one concern,” said aerospace consultant Jeff Foust, editor of The Space Review.