Successfully complete the first commercial flight takes off from SpaceX to the International Space Station
After aborting the launch of Falcon 9 at the last second on Saturday, finally this morning the unmanned rocket from private Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida on a mission specifically designed to be the first commercial flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
The rocket took off 54 meters high at about 7:44 GMT from a refurbished launch pad, where at the time NASA launched its now retired space shuttles like Discovery.
The rocket propelled the Dragon capsule to the station, carrying 544 kilos of supplies for the crew.
On this event, Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO said through his Twitter account that “feel like you removed a great weight back,” that after the Dragon capsule extended its solar panels.
Similarly, through a statement, the scientific adviser to the president of the United States, John Holdren said that “every space launch is an exciting fact, but this one is special because it represents the potential of a new era in U.S. space travel. “
From these moments, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is confident that private companies like SpaceX begin to be participants in the freight and austronautas toward the space station more than $ 100 billion and currently maintained in orbit about 386 kilometers from our planet Earth.
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