One step closer to Commercial Crew: Falcon 9 launches Dragon CRS-9

SpaceX had a successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in the middle of the night last night, and a successful landing back at the Cape:

The landing is awesome, of course, but this flight is extra important because it carries a second docking adapter after the first one was lost on the CRS-7 launch accident.   Dragon is the only spacecraft capable of delivering the International Docking Adapters, in its roomy unpressurized trunk.  This is a necessary step before the crewed missions can begin, currently likely to happen sometime next year.


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