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Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Science |

SpaceX has its first cargo to the International Space Station

SpaceX has its first cargo to the International Space Station

This is the first of 12 flights that carried the Dragon capsule, company, on behalf of NASA.

The first to carry supplies to the was launched from Cape Canaveral last night in the U.S., carrying 400 kilos of food, clothing, science experiments and other things installed astronauts in orbit.

This is the first of 12 flights that carried the Dragon capsule, SpaceX company, on behalf of NASA. The space agency’s plan is to make the private sector to assume the routine transport to the ISS, a task performed until last year the space shuttle, and to replace them, the Russian Soyuz rocket.

SpaceX was awarded a contract for $ 1,600 million to supply the station after successfully testing the performance of the capsule , which managed to get there and back without incident into space. This is the first time the load carried.

SpaceX is not the only one who could take on these tasks. The company Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) will begin testing its own rocket called Antares and Cygnus capsule, they would try a trip to the station next year. If all goes well, CSOs get a contract for $1.900 million.

If private companies work well space, also plans to send astronauts on these ships (which now operate autonomously). SpaceX already working to make the to carry humans.

The takeoff on Sunday reported no problems, and is expected to reach the shipment of supplies to the space station Wednesday.

Link: SpaceX ISS lifts off with charge (BBC)

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