SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Resupply

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 40 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2 (COTS 2), was the second test-flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft, launched on the third flight of the company's two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The flight was performed under a funded agreement from NASA as the second Dragon demonstration mission in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The purpose of the COTS program is to develop and demonstrate commercial sources for cargo re-supply of the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon C2+ spacecraft was the first American vehicle to visit the ISS since the end of the Space Shuttle program. It was also the first commercial spacecraft to rendezvous and berth with another spacecraft.

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Additional Media

NASA/SpaceX Launch To Station -- SpaceX Webcast

Official Launch Webcast from SpaceX for the COTS 2+ launch on 5/22/2012. Webcast shot live at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. Highlights: 44:27 - Launc...

Falcon 9 v1.0

Family: Falcon
Configuration: v1.0

The Falcon 9 v1.0 first stage was used on the first five Falcon 9 launches, and powered by nine SpaceX Merlin 1C rocket engines arranged in a 3x3 pattern.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    47.8 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    318 T
  • Thrust
    3807 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9 v1.0
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    v1.0
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 v1.0
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $59000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    9300 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    3400 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B0005


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: May 22, 2012
Last Flight: May 22, 2012
Flights: 1

Landing Information

Core will be expended.

Dragon C102


Active Cargo Unmanned Payload Capacity: 4200 kg
Destination: International Space Station
Serial Number: C102

First Dragon mission with complete spacecraft, first rendezvous mission, first berthing with ISS. After recovery, the capsule was put on display at Kennedy Space Center.

Dragon 1 Details

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 94 Failures: 6 Pending: 40

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Pad: Space Launch Complex 40


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