March 2nd SpaceX DM-1
2:49 am EST, atop a Falcon 9 rocket from LC-39A
DM-1 or Demonstration Mission 1 is the first step towards once again launch humans to orbit from American soil for the private space company SpaceX
Falcon 9 booster 1051 is making is debut launch in big fashion. From historic launch pad 39A, the same pad that carried every astronaut to walk on the moon, SpaceX tested their crew dragon to prove flight capabilities to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
Approximitially eight minutes after lift off the first stage booster landed on the drone ship OCISLY "Of Course I Still Love You" downrange in the Atlantic ocean.
Despite carrying no living personnel aboard the space craft, there will be a crew of two, the first a lift sized mannequin dubbed "Ripley", and ode to Sigourney Weaver's character from the movie Alien. Ripley is an Anthropomorphic test device loaded with sensors and gadgets to show the affects on the human body during the launch/landing of the flight. The second passenger is "Little Earth" a plush toy of the Earth which was originally brought to the space station during the first Dragon Cargo mission to use as a zero gravity indicator, meaning it started floating when it reached orbit.