SpaceX Dragon bathes in the Pacific
'Mission is a success!'
The Dragon has landed.
Multi-entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon capsule, launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket, splashed down successfuly in the Pacific after completing its two-orbit circumnavigation of Planet Earth.
In a subtly understated tweet early Wednesday afternoon Cape Canaveral time, the SpaceX crew informed the waiting world: "SPLASHDOWN!!!"
That victory cry was followed by the more-reserved announcement: "SpaceX is the first commercial company to reenter a spacecraft from space!"
Subsequent tweets noted that the landing was on target, the mission was a success, and that floatation devices had been attached to the victorious voyager.
A post-mission press conference will be hosted by NASA at 3:30pm, Eastern Standard time, and will be carried on NASA TV.
We here at The Reg — no strangers to space flight ourselves — offer our hearty congratulations to the intrepid Muskonauts.
Well played, indeed. ®
NASA-TV - No sound...
... 'cause, in space, no one can hear you...
That lack of care just about exemplifies NASA, these days.
On a positive note, sincere congratulations to SpaceX and the Dragon team. Throttles up, you guys!
No help to you but...
I had sound.....
Quite an interesting conference as well - Elon Musk said wuite a lot about the man rated version - the most interesting bit was the cost comparison to Orion - Orion cost so far (with no flight, not including launcher costs) $4.6B, cost of Falcon 9 + Dragon (not yet man rated), $400m or thereabouts. For pretty much the same thing. Iin fact Musk said the Dragon was a more capable craft than Orion (it's heatshield can do Mars reentry for example). It has pretty much the same internal pressurised volume, and more accurate landing capability)
The whole thin g is on YouTube anyway.
Where's the Playmobil?
You suppose our intrepid PARIS pilot hitched a ride?
Either way, good job! (Virtual) Beers all-round for the SpaceXers...