SpaceX to Make ISS Endeavor in February 2012
December 12, 2011 11:07 AM
comment(s) - last by
It will be the first commercial company in history to dock at the ISS
NASA has announced that American space transport company SpaceX will embark on a journey to the International Space Station (ISS) in February 2012.
retiring its Space Shuttle Program
in summer 2011, NASA has had to purchase seats on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in order to send American astronauts to the ISS. According to Lori Garver, NASA's deputy administrator, the cost per seat is expected to
increase to $63 million by 2015
and the U.S. will be forced to pay the Russians $450 million per year in 2016 and beyond for every year that the U.S. delays its own commercial crew vehicle.
To remedy this issue, NASA is looking to California-based private commercial company SpaceX to send supplies to the ISS. NASA has set a date of February 7, 2012 for the SpaceX launch.
"SpaceX is excited to be the first commercial company in history to berth with the International Space Station," said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president. "This mission will mark a historic milestone in
the future of spaceflight
SpaceX will send its unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the ISS in the February launch. The spacecraft, which will not be carrying important cargo in case something goes wrong, will perform various check-out procedures to test its systems sensor operations about two miles before reaching the ISS. If all goes well, it will dock at the ISS and unload the cargo, then return home into the Pacific Ocean.
"SpaceX has made incredible progress over the last several months preparing Dragon for its mission to the space station," said William Gerstenmaier of NASA. "We look forward to a successful mission, which will open up a new era in commercial cargo delivery for this international orbiting laboratory."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Good news and how sad.
12/12/2011 12:53:45 PM
Just as the government has it's own cars, jets etc. what makes you think that once the private sector has nailed down a reusable efficiently designed means of space transport that our government won't be procuring those as well?
RE: Good news and how sad.
12/12/2011 2:48:37 PM
Of course they can.
"In the interest of national and space security, we will be procuring your space vehicle for the needs of the government. Here is a tiny check that only covers the cost of the materials to build the vehicle not the total cost of the vehicle itself. Also here is a stack of paper saying we can do this and for you to shut up or we will cite you for treason and place you in jail for the rest of your life without a trial."
"DailyTech is the best kept secret on the Internet." -- Larry Barber
Show Me The Money: NASA Needs $850 Million for Commercial Crew Vehicle Development
October 21, 2011, 12:00 PM
SpaceX to Develop Reusable Launch System for Cheap Spaceflight, Mars Settlement
September 30, 2011, 12:22 PM
Atlantis Blasts Off for NASA's Final Space Shuttle Mission
July 8, 2011, 11:29 AM
NASA Introduces Asteroid Grand Challenge to Protect Earth
June 18, 2013, 8:48 PM
NSA Leaker May be Killed in Drone Strike Says Ron Paul
June 17, 2013, 11:18 AM
Airbus A350 XWB "MSN1" Has Successful First Flight
June 17, 2013, 11:02 AM
Study: Gamers Have Better Visual, Decision-Making Skills Than Non-Gamers
June 12, 2013, 11:26 AM
Airbus A350 XWB to Take First Flight Friday, Looks to Challenge Boeing Dreamliner
June 11, 2013, 8:20 PM
Berkeley Lab Tests Artificial Photosynthesis with New Microfluidic Test-Bed
June 11, 2013, 11:41 AM
Most Popular Articles
Source: Don't Worry, NSA Spies on "99 Percent" of Americans' Locations, Call Records
June 14, 2013, 3:57 PM
Xbox Chief: If You Can't Get Online, Don't Buy an Xbox One
June 12, 2013, 9:57 AM
GigaHertz Wars 2.0? AMD Releases World's First 5.0 GHz FX Processor
June 11, 2013, 3:16 PM
Former Palm CEO: Selling Palm to HP was a Waste
June 12, 2013, 10:19 AM
Report: Apple to Release Larger iPhone Screens, Cheaper iPhone for $99
June 13, 2013, 9:41 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Lumosity: Does it Work?
May 22, 2013, 8:20 PM
Quick Note: Sony "Teases" PS4 Ahead of Xbox Reveal in New Video
May 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information