On June 4th, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral to put a model of its Dragon capsule into orbit 160 miles above the earth. In an era where space travel is taken for granted, NASA is being pushed to use commercial space transportation. SpaceX hopes that its rockets will be part of the space taxi mix.
The Falcon 9 rocket placed the Dragon capsule into orbit about ten minutes after launch. With a successful maiden voyage under its space belt, the SpaceX company is looking forward to more complex flights and to becoming a provider of commercial space transportation to NASA.