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SpaceX capsule returns with safe landing in Pacific

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Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2012 09:26 PM by AlexMuller

The capsule was sent by the California-based company SpaceX, the first of 12 missions it will perform for US space agency Nasa. It landed in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico at 12:22 local time (19:22 GMT).

 

Nasa is looking to the private sector to assume routine transport duties to and from low-Earth orbit. The robotic Dragon ship lifted off on 7 October, with 400kg of food, clothing, experiments and spares for the orbiting platform's six astronauts, and docked three days later.

 

On its return, the capsule carried broken machinery and medical samples gathered by the astronauts aboard the ISS over the course of the past year. SpaceX's next mission is expected in January, although the company will need to satisfy Nasa before then that the cause of an engine anomaly experienced by Dragon's launch rocket during its 7 October ascent has been understood, and that corrective action has been taken.

 

Nasa has given SpaceX a $1.6bn contract to keep the ISS stocked with essentials, restoring a re-supply capability that the US lost when it retired its shuttles last year. The terms of the contract kicked in following a successful test of Dragon's systems in May.

 

That demonstration saw the capsule berth with the ISS - the first commercially designed and built vehicle to do so - and then return safely to Earth. Nasa hopes a second company can also soon begin operational cargo deliveries to the station.

 

The Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) will shortly test its new Antares rocket before undertaking its own ISS demonstration with a robotic vessel called Cygnus. If that mission - tipped to take place next year - goes well, it will trigger a $1.9bn contract for Orbital.

 

Nasa's aim is eventually to put astronaut transport in the hands of the private sector too.



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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-10-29
+1
I believe that putting this in the hands of the private sector was a very wise decision. I believe that the progression will be faster and better. Not being over seen by the government more and better progress. Great job guys. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-10-30
+0
I think this is amazing news for world to travel sky and other site out of this world so it is so great for people. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-10-30
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amazing work by spacex Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-11-08
+0
You got to push it-this essenital info that is! Reply


 

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