Dragons in Space

Falcon 9 taking off. (Image from http://spacexlaunch.zenfolio.com)

Yesterday marked a first for commercial space flight. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off carrying the Dragon spacecraft at 3:44 am from the Cap Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch got Dragon successfully into orbit where it will now go through a series of tests to see if it can dock with the International Space Station. If Dragon does dock with the ISS on May 25th, it will be the first commercial spacecraft to do so.

This is an exciting time that will hopefully herald a move towards commercial and more affordable space flights.

If you would like to catch Dragon in our night’s sky you can go to http://www.heavens-above.com and put in your location. Then look under satellites to see if and when Dragon is visible in the sky for you.

A computer rendering of Dragon in orbit above the Earth. (Image from http://spacexlaunch.zenfolio.com)