Space Exploration Technologies Inc. (SpaceX) is targeting Oct. 7 as the date for its first commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station with its Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon cargo carrier. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:34 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral. The first of 12 flights under SpaceX's $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, the mission will deliver about 1,000 lb. of freight to the ISS, most of it scientific equipment and supplies. The vehicle is ...

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