Watch the Launch

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...

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

Circle Image

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.

Falcon 9

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.

See Falcon Details
Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    47.8 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    318 T
  • Thrust
    3807 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9
  • 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

Circle Image
CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 164 Failures: 9 Pending: 65

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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

INFO WIKI

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40


Long March 2C/YZ-1S
Success
1 day, 6 hours ago
RSW-04 - 06
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

"Ronghe Shiyan Weixing" (RSW) = "Integrated Experimental Satellite" are test satellites that will be used to develop a state-owned Chinese low-earth …


Atlas V N22
Success
1 day, 17 hours ago
CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2)
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

This is the second uncrewed test flight for the Starliner spacecraft. Reflight of the OFT mission will allow Boeing to demonstrate readiness of the s…


Soyuz 2.1a
Success
2 days, 8 hours ago
Kosmos 2556 (Bars-M No. 3)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Bars-M is the second incarnation of the Bars project, which was started in the mid 1990ies to develop a successor for the Komtea class of area survei…


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 5 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-18
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
6 days, 20 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-15
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week ago
Starlink Group 4-13
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Hyperbola-1
Failure
1 week, 1 day ago
Jilin-1 Mofang-01A(R)
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

New generation experimental Earth imaging satellite for the Jilin-1 constellation. NOTE: Payload identity unconfirmed.


Long March 7
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Tianzhou-4
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Third cargo delivery mission to the Chinese large modular space station.


Falcon 9
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Starlink Group 4-17
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Jilin-1 Wideband-01C & High Resolution 03D-27 to 33
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Earth observation satellites for the Jilin-1 commercial Earth observation satellites constellation.