An elated Musk tweeted from the control room:
Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!!
This interview with Elon Musk from Science Friday summarizes what happens next and the significance of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. It does, however, refer to the aborted Saturday morning launch, which was rescheduled for the 3 a.m. hour today.
The Money Quote (and many other money quotes thereafter, around 6:50 in)
“I think, real rockets should land on their thrusters.”
As in, like in sci-fi flicks where the rocket has a controlled descent onto its thrusters instead of gliding to a landing. He elaborates on the future of Space exploration around 12 minutes in, a topic Musk always seems to do very well with.
More cool stuff:
A series of photos from today’s launch and the aborted Saturday launch.
Here’s a list from NASA of places in the U.S. where you can see the Dragon capsule in orbit.
There’s also the post-launch press conference with NASA from Cape Caneveral, from around 5 a.m. this morning.