Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California completed an historic mission on May 31, 2012 with the splashdown in the Pacific and successful recovery of the Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon became the first commercial vehicle to successfully dock at the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon carried supplies to the ISS crew. SpaceX developed the Dragon spacecraft in 2005 under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The Dragon spacecraft is a “free-flying, reusable” spacecraft made up of a pressurized capsule and unpressurized trunk used for Earth to Low Earth Orbit transport of pressurized cargo, unpressurized cargo, and/or crew members. The spacecraft consists of the Nosecone, the Spacecraft, and the Trunk. The Spacecraft will house the crew during proposed manned missions. The Dragon Spacecraft will be used to resupply the International Space Station and provide a platform for technology demonstrations while in space.
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