SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon launch succeeds: first commercial company ever to send spacecraft to ISS

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13 Responses to “SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon launch succeeds: first commercial company ever to send spacecraft to ISS”

  1. senorglory says:

    Commercialization = pending environmental disaster? I can’t help think it.

  2. msbpodcast says:

    1st thing’s first: the “Video Here” link is broken.

    2nd thing is that Elon Musk just made history as the first private entrepreneur to launch for profit (as well as science.)

    What this bodes for the future is being guided by the care and cooperation from NASA.

    I can hope…

  3. renke says:

    I’m not sure if the “first private company” makes completely sense. In this case SpaceX is paid by the NASA to lift goods to the ISS – is this different to ESA and Arianespace? Arianespace is a French company, only partly owned by state agencies. 

  4. Keith Tyler says:

    Not to be a debby downer, but it ain’t at the ISS yet. Why do we keep saying “first to launch to the ISS”? Let’s say that when it gets there. Better yet, let’s say it when there’s contact. That won’t be until Friday.

    • Faiz Imam says:

      Well, if you want to get technical, they already have their contract. COTS 2/3 is just a technical benchmark they need to fulfill before they can begin operation.

      The paperwork has been done for years now, progress is 100% limited by technical achievements, which is just the way we like it.

  5. Dan Hibiki says:

    Blah blah blah. why isn’t Boing Boing mentioning the real news: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/22/scotty_ashes_dragon/

    • penguinchris says:

      I do wonder why that isn’t getting much mention. Leonard Nimoy did mention it on Twitter though.

      I recall that part of his ashes were almost sent to space before, but there was a rocket malfunction or something. That made bigger waves than him successfully getting into space.

  6. Culturedropout says:

    This truly rocks.  That is all.

  7. Space x successful launch ..4 Predictions for what’s next .. http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3382335

  8. Star Walk says:

    Did you know you can track it in real-time with your iPhone? 

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