US private rocket readies key demonstration launch

Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2010 American firm SpaceX readied Tuesday the first demonstration launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to low Earth orbit for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program next week. Dubbed COTS 1, the December 7 launch will also mark the first time a private firm attempts to have a spacecraft – SpaceX’s Dragon capsule – re-enter Earth’s atmosphere from orbit, a key step in developing comm


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