50. SpaceX Begins Orbital Delivery

A private capsule ferries goods to the space station.  Next up: passenger service.

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On May 25, just 10 months after NASA’s final space shuttle flight, a cargo capsule called Dragon docked with the International Space Station, a first for a commercial space vehicle. In late October it made another visit to deliver routine supplies, even overcoming a failed engine on its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Both Dragon and Falcon 9 were built by SpaceX, a California-based company that is leading private industry’s advance into the last frontier. Gwynne Shotwell, the company&rsquo...
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