Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations. Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo to Earth. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Currently Dragon carries cargo to space, but it was designed from the beginning to carry humans. Under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is now developing the refinements that will enable Dragon to fly crew. Dragon’s first manned test flight is expected to take place as early as 2018 (SpaceX). And in the future, the dream, human transportation to Mars…
Saturday’s successful launch finally took place after delays due to bad weather.It is the first time SpaceX has attempted to reuse one of its Dragon cargo capsules for an active orbital mission. Reuse of the Dragon, along with reuse of its Falcon 9 rockets, is key to SpaceX’s long-term profitability.
SpaceX will recover its Falcon 9 first stage at its LZ-1 landing pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it landed successfully, upright on the landing pad approximately eight minutes after lift-off.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, seen here with then US president Barack Obama, has stated that the goals of SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by establishing a human colony on Mars.