SpaceX launching test spacecraft for NASA
The private company is trying to launch the Falcon 9 rocket today in a demonstration test for NASA.
Wed, Dec 08, 2010 at 09:31 AM
BLAST OFF: The SpaceX Corporation inaugural Falcon 9 rocket launching a Dragon test unit lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
A private company is trying to launch a spacecraft in a bold demonstration test for NASA.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. — or SpaceX — halted the countdown with less than three minutes remaining Wednesday. The next launch opportunity from Cape Canaveral comes at midmorning.
The Falcon 9 rocket holds a capsule named Dragon. Once aloft, Dragon will circle the world twice, then attempt a re-entry. The plan is for the spacecraft to parachute into the Pacific, 500 miles from Mexico.
No private business has accomplished this before.
NASA is hiring companies like SpaceX to haul supplies to the International Space Station following next year's shuttle retirement. Taxi trips for astronauts may follow.
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