December 9, 2010
For Immediate Release
Kirstin Brost, SpaceX
SpaceX Reveals Dragon's "Secret" Payload
Hawthorne, CA – Before the successful launch, voyage, and recovery of SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft, the first time in history a commercial company has recovered a spacecraft from orbit, reporters were buzzing with news of a “secret” payload, stowed on board.
It was a payload so secret, SpaceXers made it Top Secret (think Val Kilmer 1984, not official US Government).
Top Secret payload, bolted to the floor of the Dragon spacecraft.
So what was inside the mystery package? Their tribute to Monty Python.
A wheel of cheese.
Top Secret payload revealed.
SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft that will increase reliability and performance of space transportation, while ultimately reducing costs by a factor of ten. With the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has a diverse manifest of launches to deliver commercial satellites to orbit. After the Space Shuttle retires, the Falcon 9 and SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will start carrying cargo, including live plants and animals, to and from the International Space Station for NASA. Falcon 9 and Dragon were developed to one day
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