The launch marks biggest advancement so far in space tourism as Elon Musk’s company conducts first chartered passenger flight
A billionaire, Jared Isaacman, is behind the project. It was he who chartered the mission, at his own expense, inviting three anonymous people to join him, via a rather original selection process
The recycled Falcon rocket soared from the same Kennedy Space Center pad used by the company's three previous astronaut flights for NASA
SpaceX now boasts of three Falcon 9 ships — “Of Course I Still Love You", "Just Read the Instructions" and the newest craft, "A Shortfall of Gravitas."
The mission will be the first time that two international partner crew members are flying together, NASA said.
Most of the payloads in the Falcon 9 were miniscule, with the average size being a bit larger than a coffee mug.
Both the satellites are designed to last for five-and-a-half years but could provide data for far longer.
The flight to the space station — 27 1/2 hours door to door — should be entirely automated, although the crew can take control if needed
With the three newest members up in orbit, the final SkySat constellation of 21 was completed.
The launch also made use of a re-flown payload fairing, recovered from SpaceX's fourth Starlink satellite launch.
The commercial mission will be the first to the ISS with NASA certification, following the successful Demo-2 mission.
NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken to take part in second spacewalk at 5 pm IST today: How to watch it live
The spacewalk is being conducted to swap out six nickel-hydrogen batteries with three lithium-ion batteries and will last six-seven hours.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 pre-dawn launch leaves behind rainbow coloured sky, images go viral on social media
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday 13 June, 2.46 pm IST (5.21 am EDT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This launch marked the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
The Starship rocket stands at 120 metres and is designed to carry humans and 90,718 kgs of cargo to the moon and Mars.
A decade in the making: After a few stumbles and explosions, NASA will launch its astronauts to the ISS on Sunday, 31 May, 12.52 am IST
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center launchpad.
NASA astronauts complete their dress rehearsal before their SpaceX launch to the ISS on Sunday, 31 May, 12.52 am IST
They will board the SpaceX Dragon capsule on top of the Falcon 9 rocket and it will be the first astronaut launch from the Kennedy Space Center since 2011.
SpaceX’s boats — Ms Tree and Ms Chief — weren't able to snap up the rocket’s nose cone with giant nets.
Cimon will spend upto three years in space and is designed to show empathy to its colleagues in orbit.
Amos-17, has a life span of 20 years and will soon join three other Spacecom satellites that are in operation.