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At 3:44 a.m. the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft was launched from SpaceX’s launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Dragon now heads toward the International Space Station with 1,300 pounds of cargo. Defense Logistics Agency Energy’s Aerospace Energy business unit procured products used for the launch and post-recovery assistance of the capsule. Photo credit: SpaceX
5/25/2012 
By Terry Shawn, DLA Energy Public Affairs 

The Defense Logistics Agency Energy’s Aerospace Energy business unit provided products to support the Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, launch of its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. May 22.

On May 26, as the International Space Station flew 253 miles above Auckland, New Zealand, the Dragon capsule docked successfully with the ISS.

The mission was the first of a privately built and funded spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Aerospace Energy provided dinitrogen tetroxide and monomethylhydrazine for the launch of the Falcon 9 as well as post-recovery assistance of the capsule. DLA Energy’s support to SpaceX is authorized under the Commercial Space Launch Act, which promotes the development of the emerging commercial space flight industry.

"We're now back on the brink of a new future, a future that embraces the innovation the private sector brings to the table," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "The significance of this day cannot be overstated."

Once in orbit, Dragon’s sensors and flight systems were thoroughly tested to evaluate the vehicle's ability to dock with the space station. After the testing, NASA determined the spacecraft was ready to complete the maneuver with the space station. The astronauts aboard the space station grabbed the Dragon with the 57-foot robotic arm, pulled it into the docking port and opened the hatch on the unmanned craft and unloaded its 1,300 pounds of cargo, according to news reports.

The mission represents the first attempt at docking with the ISS by a commercial company. Previously only Europe, Russia and Japanese space crafts have performed the feat.