posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 12:00 PM
The Falcon 9, the first of a new generation of private rockets that could one day make space travel commonplace, successfully launched from Cape
Canaveral on Friday.
The 180-foot rocket put a model of its Dragon capsule into orbit about 160 miles up, setting the stage for possible flights to the international space
station early next year. The flight came after an initial abort right at ignition.
The launch gives a major boost to the rocket's builder, SpaceX, and its Internet-tycoon founder, Elon Musk. But the launch was almost as important to
the Obama administration, which has proposed a far greater role for commercial space companies in the future of NASA.