SpaceX CRS-1 was the first commercial resupply mission
to the International Space Station. It was launched at 8:35PM EDT
Sunday, October 7 from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Florida. This was the first private contracted NASA
mission to the ISS.
AMAZING PICTURE.....SpaceX's Dragon at Port.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule is seen shortly after arriving at a port near Los
Angeles on 30 October, 2012. Dragon had just completed
SpaceX CRS-1, its first commercial resupply
mission to the
International Space Station and returned 1,673
pounds of science and supplies back to Earth.
Dragon was filled with about 1,000 pounds of supplies,
including critical materials to support the 166 investigations
planned for the station’s Expedition 33 crew, of which 63 were new. Dragon will return with about 734 pounds of scientific
materials, including results from human research, biotechnology,
materials and education experiments, as well as about 504 pounds
of space station hardware.
SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft
SpaceX CRS-1 was the first of at least 12 missions to
fly the International Space Station that
SpaceX for NASA
under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.
2008, NASA announced that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and
Dragon spacecraft had been selected to resupply the space station
after the end of the
space shuttle program in 2011. Under the CRS
contract, SpaceX restores American capability to deliver
and return significant amounts of cargo, including science
experiments, to the orbiting laboratory – a capability not
available since the retirement of the space shuttle.
Building on Success
Prior to this flight, SpaceX successfully completed
two demonstration flights using Falcon 9 and Dragon under NASA’s
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The
second of those missions (from May 22–31, 2012) marked the first
time that a private company had launched a spacecraft into orbit,
successfully attached to the station, delivered a payload and
returned safely to Earth, a highly challenging technical feat
previously accomplished only by governments.
The first contracted cargo resupply flight to the
International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply
Services (CRS) contract was launched on Sunday, October
7, 2012 on a
Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches to the International Space Station.
The launch of the Dragon spacecraft was the first
of 12 contracted flights by SpaceX to resupply the space station
and marked the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a
successful demonstration mission in May 2012.
Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, October 10,
when it was grappled and berthed to the complex for an
expected two week visit.
Dragon delivered 882 pounds of supplies to the
orbiting laboratory, including 260 pounds of crew supplies, 390
pounds of scientific research, 225 pounds of hardware and several
pounds of other supplies.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft was released from the
International Space Station’s robotic arm by the Expedition 33
crew at 9:29 am EDT on Sunday, 28 October,2012. It was attached to
the International Space Station for 18 days. Dragon returned a
total of 1,673 pounds, including 163 pounds of crew supplies, 866
pounds of scientific research and 518 pounds of vehicle hardware
and other hardware.
SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule returned to Earth on
Sunday 28 October and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 3:22
pm EDT Sunday about 250 miles off the coast of Baja California.
The next SpaceX flight is scheduled for early March
SpaceX CRS-2 - second contracted resupply mission.