Space X`s Dragon capsule to ISS launched

Last Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 12:31

Washington: An unmanned US cargo capsule blasted off Sunday night to launch the first commercial delivery to the International Space Station, marking a major shift in how US sends supplies and gear to the orbiting lab.

Perched atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon capsule, built by the California-based private spaceflight company SpaceX, lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8.35 pm, reported Xinhua citing NASA TV.

This is the first of 12 flights by SpaceX, under a mega-contract with NASA, to resupply the space station and marks the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a successful demonstration mission in last May.

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First Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 12:31

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