Monday, January 9, 2012

First Commercial Spacecraft to Visit International Space Station

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The International Space Station is preparing for its first visit from a commercial space craft. SpaceX will be launching the Dragon space capsule from Canaveral Air Force Base on a supply mission. The craft will be carrying food and other supplies for the crew on the ISS. Unlike the unmanned Soyuz capsules that have been tapped to resupply the ISS, the Dragon will be able to return a significant amount of material to Earth for refurbishment or proper disposal.

Dragon is one of several attempts by the private sector to commercialize the space transport business. NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is partially funding the flight.


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