On May 31, 2012, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California, completed an historic mission when the Dragon Reentry spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and was successfully recovered. With this mission, Dragon became the first commercial vehicle to successfully dock at the International Space Station (ISS). Dragon was launched aboard the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 22. The Dragon carried supplies to the ISS crew. SpaceX developed the Dragon spacecraft in 2005 under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. To learn more about the Dragon Spacecraft, visit: http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php.
On June 1, 2012, Energia Logistics, Ltd. successfully launched the Intelsat-19 communications satellite from the Pacific Ocean aboard the Zenit -3SL launch vehicle. Intelsat-19 is a Geosynchronous digital radio satellite built by Space Systems/Loral, which will provide C- and Ku-band capacity for media, government and network services in the western United States and the Pacific Rim, including Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia, from an orbital location of 166 degrees East Longitude. Intelsat 19, which is based on LS-1300 satellite bus, will be operational in July and will replace Intelsat 8. Intelsat 19 is owned and operated by Intelsat and is expected to be operational for 15 years.
FAA Safety Inspectors were on site for both missions.