First private cargo rocket SpaceX blasts off into space
A first of its kind private cargo rocket SpaceX Falcon 9 has blasted off from Florida on a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket was built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp of Hawthorne, California, commonly known as Space X.
It is the first time a private company has launched a vessel to the space station. The 54-meter Falcon 9 rocket carried a reusable capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of non-essential cargo primarily food and clothing. The importance of mission is instead technical and symbolic. With success of this flight, Company Space X would begin a 1.6 billion dollar contract to fly 12 cargo missions to the space station.