SpaceX Dragon spacecraft certified by US Federal Aviation Administration
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., a company better known as SpaceX, has received certification for its . This certification, the first of its kind granted by the FAA, serves as a commercial license to a spacecraft from .
According to NASA administrator , "With this license in hand, SpaceX can proceed with its launch of the Dragon capsule. The flight of Dragon will be an important step toward commercial cargo delivery to the International Space Station." NASA is contracting SpaceX to provide commercial transport of future crews and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).
The maiden launch of the Dragon spacecraft is currently scheduled for December 7. The launch vehicle will be therocket, which made its maiden flight in June. During this first flight, the Dragon capsule is to launch, orbit the earth, and in the Pacific Ocean.
"Milestones are an important part of space exploration and SpaceX achieved a very important one today," according to NASA official Doug Cooke, "I congratulate SpaceX on this landmark achievement and wish them the best with their launch of the Dragon capsule."
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