A Dragon Spreads its Wings

Congratulations to SpaceX on a spectacular launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule for the COTS-2/3 cargo delivery demonstration mission. Dragon is safely in orbit, its solar array wings are deployed, and, right this minute there is a Dragon flying around the world, headed toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Of course, now the really hard work begins as SpaceX and NASA put the new spacecraft through its paces. This is a test flight, so there’s no expectation that everything will go perfectly, but fingers crossed that the mission goals are met.

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