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SpaceX Demands Precise Positioning

With the retrieval of Dragon from the Pacific Ocean, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) became the first commercial company to launch and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit. Placed into space atop the company’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle, Dragon completed two orbits with speeds topping 17,000 miles per hour. After its three-hour, fifty -thousand-mile flight, Dragon splashed down at the predicted time.This was the first flight under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program designed for companies to demonstrate International Space Station (ISS) resupply capabilities. Following completion of COTS missions, Dragon will begin regular fligh...

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