FAA gives SpaceX first commercial license for spacecraft reentry

The SpaceX Dragon will be allowed to return to earth:

NASA Statements On FAA Granting Reentry License To SpaceX

WASHINGTON — NASA issued the following statements Monday after the Federal Aviation Administration issued SpaceX a license for spacecraft reentry:

“Congratulations to the SpaceX team for receiving the Federal Aviation Administration’s first-ever commercial license to reenter a spacecraft from Earth orbit,” NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said. “With this license in hand, SpaceX can proceed with its launch of the Dragon capsule. The flight of Dragon will be an important step toward commercial cargo delivery to the International Space Station. NASA wishes SpaceX every success with the launch.”

“Milestones are an important part of space exploration and SpaceX achieved a very important one today,” said Doug Cooke, associate administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. “I congratulate SpaceX on this landmark achievement and wish them the best with their launch of the Dragon capsule.”

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