SpaceX Falcon 9 succeeds in historic launch


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket today lifted off from Cape Canaveral in an historic launch test. CNN:

Paid for by the money and dreams of a millionaire, the rocket serves as a symbol of the future and could carry astronauts and cargo to the international space station.
This commercial venture by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, carries a mockup of its space capsule, called Dragon. PayPal co-founder Elon Musk is the CEO of the company. NASA hopes companies such as SpaceX can take over transportation to the international space station.

The company was founded by PayPal co-founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. More coverage: Wired News, CNET, Reuters, New York Times.

(Thanks, Charles)