SpaceX launch to International Space Station (ISS) on November 30, NASA agrees

By on Aug 17, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

Updated: January 17, 2012 11:50 a.m.

Read SpaceX February 7 launch to International Space Station (ISS) postponed

The next SpaceX launch is on November 30, 2011 and will be to the International Space Station (ISS), with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) providing the launch date.



SpaceX Dragon spacecraft
Image Credit: Roger Gilbertson/SpaceX.com

As noted by SpaceX on its official website on Monday, August 15, 2011, NASA allowed SpaceX to be launched on the said date and will deliver cargo to and from the ISS.

SpaceX, which was noted to have been preparing hard for this test launch, said that their earlier proposal to make two separate missions (COTS Demo 2 and COTS Demo 3) will be combined into a single mission.

Using the rocket-powered spaceflight launch system Falcon 9 which will carry the Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX plans to carry additional payloads on its way to the ISS, with NASA to provide formal approval of the launch.

Last December 8, the SpaceX Falcon 9 became the first privately-owned company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit, which now plans to replace NASA’s space shuttle.

“This next mission represents a huge milestone not only for SpaceX, but also for NASA and the US space program.” SpaceX said on their report.

“When the astronauts stationed on the ISS open the hatch and enter the Dragon spacecraft for the first time, it will mark the beginning of a new era in space travel.” SpaceX added.

The 1,500-member SpaceX project is being expected to be much cheaper than NASA without sacrificing the reliability, safety and frequency of space travel for the astronauts.



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