Falcon 9 and Dragon Liftoff

Falcon 9 and Dragon lifted off Sunday October 7th at 8:35PM ET on their way to the International Space Station.

This is SpaceX’s first of many resupply missions to the International Space Station.  This  marks the first commercial resupply contract to become active with NASA.

“In May 2012, SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station. Previously only four governments — the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency — had achieved this challenging technical feat.”

Liftoff:

 

 

 

SpaceX Merlin 1D-Vac Engine

The rocket carrying the dragon capsule can be seen being tested here: the Merlin 1D-Vac, at 80 tons of thrust –