SpaceX Dragon splashes down

2012-05-31 17:56

Cape canaveral - Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule splashed down off the coast of California on Thursday, completing a pioneering mission for commercial firms seeking a major role in space travel.

The capsule finished a nine-day test flight, delivering about 544kg of supplies to the International Space Station.

Astronauts used the station's robot arm to release Dragon into orbit early on Thursday. It splashed down about 900km southwest of Los Angeles at 11:42  EDT (15:42 GMT.)

Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is one of two private firms hired by Nasa to fly cargo to the station after the retirement of the space shuttles last year.

Elon Musk, the South African born CEO of SpaceX went to school in Pretoria.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-05-31 18:14

    I raise my glass of Red SA Wine to Elon Musk - ex Pretoria Boys' High School - my school as well....but HE has EXCELLED!!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-31 18:37

      He apparently co founded Paypal as well - but strange that SA can't hook up their bank accounts like overseas can :-( Also looking forward to his other company - TESLA motors - and the launch of the Model S. Musk is off the charts!

      Roelof.Richter - 2012-06-01 00:26

      @ Hugh....with FNB you can link your Paypall account with your banking account...

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-05-31 18:16

    I'd love to be the first guy to braai in space :-)

      lydonmcg - 2012-05-31 18:57

      You're going to need a little oxygen for that...

  • Craig - 2012-05-31 18:37

    Has the capsule been recovered?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-31 18:38

    Yep, a glass raised in praise for an excellent achievement!

  • viran.chunilal - 2012-05-31 18:47

    I've brought it up before but just to sing a few praises .... ELON MUSK is the Real Iron Man - Marvel Comic Iron Man movie charactor based on MUSK. Google That its amazing what this human is capable of ...

  • Danie - 2012-05-31 19:12

    Another SA tredegy, loosing our brightest stars to other countries. Is it because the ANC government so undervalued black South Africans , that they need this special protection laws, to the sisadvantage of all South African, probably the poor black unemployed uneducated masses the most? Do the ANC believe that Are our black SA people realy such second class people as the goverment legislation make them out to be? Or is these laws just apartheid going on with another master race?

  • Pagel - 2012-05-31 19:39

    His ex-wife use to say of Elon Musk: "Elon has got huge steel b@lls." If that is not a compliment coming from your ex I don't know what is. It is amazing that one person can have this much guts, talent and savvy - unreal. Go Elon - keep on making us proud.

  • fhumulani - 2012-05-31 19:41

    Give that man a Bell's and an Order of Mapungubwe.

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