SpaceX Dragon launch is finally a success. The dragon capsule is carrying supplies for the International Space station. Watch the video
A private company in United States has become the first company in the world to have launched a reusable rocket to send supplies to the International Space Station. But as it is its first attempt to go to the International Space Station, the company is only sending non-essential supplies for the space station.
It is a big leap forward when it comes to space exploration and more importantly public-private partnership. This also opens new vistas where private companies can enter so far very restricted area and help international governments in as important spheres are assisting them in sending supplies and astronauts to space station.
With dwindling government financing, international space agencies like NASA and, others may have to seek more help from private entities in solar exploration. A top NASA official sometimes ago said that it (NASA) was firmly enmeshing itself with the private sector, citing cooperation on the Dragon capsule being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX team as a good example. NASA developed a heat shield material called PICA (Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator), capable of withstanding 1850 degrees Celsius (3360 degrees Fahrenheit), and gave it to SpaceX, who manufactured it.
SpaceX’s spacecraft, Dragon, is one of the best commercial chances (maybe the best!) for NASA to be able to once again send astronauts back and forth into space. The American space transport company just released pictures and descriptions of the interior of its space capsule. Look inside of Dragon for the future of U.S. manned space transport. NASA is sending supplies for its crew to ISS through this capsule.
As successful launch of SpaceX started, a beaming NASA official said, “Three, two, one and launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, as NASA turns to the private sector to resupply the International Space Station”. The flight will take approximately 72 hours to reach and dock at the ISS.