Feeds

SpaceX's Falcon places Dragon in desired orbit

First private cargo mission to ISS ascended without incident

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Dotcom space cowboy Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon rocket and Dragon orbiter on the first of twelve missions that will deliver cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.

The craft soared skywards at around 00:35AM GMT on Monday, October 7. NASA provided the video below.

Watch Video

Dragon is the only cargo craft currently capable of returning a significant amount of materiel back to Earth, including results from ISS-borne experiments.

The launch of this first commercial resupply mission on the Dragon is due at 8:35PM Eastern Time from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

In addition to the video above, SpaceX posted periodic still photography updates from the launch site, visible here.

If all goes to plan Dragon will arrive at the station on Wednesday, October 10, when it will dock for an expected two week visit. It is then scheduled to return to Earth on October 28 for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California.

Dragon bears over 1,000 pounds of supplies.

Space X Dragon in Orbit

An Artist's impression of the SpaceX Dragon in orbit

On return Dragon is expected to be loaded with 734 pounds of scientific materials, including results from human research, biotechnology, materials and education experiments, in addition to about 504 pounds of space station hardware.

SpaceX's twelve cargo missions are part of a US$1.6 billion contract with NASA and in the near future, SpaceX will carry crew as well. Dragon was designed from the outset to carry astronauts and under a recent $440 million agreement with NASA, SpaceX is making modifications to make Dragon crew-ready. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction
Mangalyaan probe will feel the burn of orbital insertion on September 24th
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.