Monday, October 8, 2012

SpaceX Set to Launch Second Rocket to ISS

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By the time you read this on Monday morning, odds are that the SpaceX Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket will her on its way to the International Space Station (ISS).
 
This is a geek's dream as the privately funded SpaceX program gets approval from NASA to launch.
 
There has been one other launch like this which happened about 120 days ago and was a successful launch and docking with the ISS.
 
This time the capsule will dock with the ISS remotely and deliver over 1000 pounds of supplies.  However that isn't' the end of the story.  It will then stay attached to the ISS and return in about a month with about the same weight in cargo.  The cargo being all kinds of used equipment and samples from scientific experiments.
 
While I long for the days of the guys that had "The Right Stuff", this is still pretty exciting to me.  The thought of private industry putting this type of thing together is mind boggling and exciting all at the same time!

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