Flying Dragon

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Congratulations to SpaceX!

After a last-half-second abort on Saturday, they fixed their little problem and lit the candle early this morning. Their launch window to ISS was instantaneous, so this is quite a big deal that they could pull it off on just the second try. It also speaks well of Falcon 9’s reliability (and repair ability).

They have a lot of on-orbit tests to do before NASA will let it anywhere near the space station, but this is a very good start.

I’m saving up $$ for my ticket!