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    SpaceX Launches Passenger Spacecraft Successfuly

    Uncrewed for this mission, but hopefully the July launch happens with people on board.

    SpaceX Launches First U.S. Private Passenger Spacecraft to ISS

    SpaceX successfully launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:49 am EST this morning. Main engine cutoff and stage separation were confirmed by SpaceX at 2:52 am EST. First stage successfully landed on the drone ship platform Of Course I Still Love You at 3:00 am EST.

    The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station early Sunday morning. It will spend about five days docked to the station before returning to Earth and splashing down in the Atlantic.

    The launch marks the first time a private American rocket and spacecraft built for human passengers has ever launched to travel to the space station. An upcoming crewed mission, Demonstration Mission 2, is scheduled for July.
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    This is good news. Anytime you can have a launch without exploding is a step in the right direction. The real test will be the first crewed mission, but I think we'll get there!
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      SpaceX’s Crew Dragon now has to prove it can come back to Earth in one piece - The Verge

      Re-entry is even harder though, one of the hardest things when it comes to spaceflight.
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        Success!

        Splashdown! – Commercial Crew Program
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          Sweet! One step closer to ubiquitous space travel. Private industry does have its advantages sometimes.
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            Okay, so this isn't Crew Dragon news, but still pretty exciting.

            You Can Watch SpaceX's Starship Hopper Tests Live Via a South Texas Surf School | Space

            Even if not much happens, it's still pretty cool.
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