Falcon 9 v1.0 | SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 v1.0 Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket as part of the SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2 mission. The launch window for the Resupply mission was on Tue, May 22nd, 2012, 3:44 AM EDT from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 v1.0 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2 (COTS 2), was the second test-flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft, launched on the third flight of the company's two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The flight was performed under a funded agreement from NASA as the second Dragon demonstration mission in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The purpose of the COTS program is to develop and demonstrate commercial sources for cargo re-supply of the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon C2+ spacecraft was the first American vehicle to visit the ISS since the end of the Space Shuttle program. It was also the first commercial spacecraft to rendezvous and berth with another spacecraft.

Location

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

Rocket

Falcon 9 v1.0

The Falcon 9 v1.0 first stage was used on the first five Falcon 9 launches, and powered by nine SpaceX Merlin 1C rocket engines arranged in a 3x3 pattern.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

Expended during Dragon demo flight C2+, no landing attempt.

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