At exactly 9:00 am ET, SpaceX successfully launched their Dragon 2 spacecraft out of Cap Canaveral in Florida.
The entire test lasted for about 90 seconds. The capsule fired its eight SuperDraco engines for approximately six seconds, boosting the spacecraft about a mile above the surface where it then fell back to earth on a pair of three large parachutes.
SpaceX’s Dragon 2 vehicle is designed to ferry astronauts into space by as early as 2017, but Wednesday’s test was un-manned.
Here’s a shot of the spacecraft as it lifted off the launch pad:
And less than two minutes later, the capsule was floating offshore in the Atlantic after safely touching down:
The event marks the first flight of the Dragon 2 capsule, but not the last for 2015.
SpaceX has scheduled a second test flight for a yet-to-be-announced date later this year. The second test will be much harder because the spacecraft will have to successfully separate from a Falcon 9 rocket while in mid-flight. (Wednesday’s test will not involve the launch of a Falcon 9.)
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