SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule launches toward the International Space Station on the first-ever bona fide cargo run for a private American spaceship.
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Liftoff! SpaceX Dragon Launches 1st Private Space Station Cargo Mission
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor
Date: 07 October 2012 Time: 08:35 PM ET

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A privately built rocket lit up the night sky over Florida Sunday (Oct. 7) to kick off the first-ever cargo delivery trip to the International Space Station by a robotic, American-made spacecraft.

The unmanned Dragon space capsule, built by the commercial spaceflight firm SpaceX, roared into space atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from a launch pad here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning a three-day flight to the space station. Liftoff occurred at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT).

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