WASHINGTON (NASA PR) – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk will participate in a media availability at 11:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, June 13, in the SpaceX facility at 1 Rocket Rd. in McGregor, Texas. Bolden and Musk will be there to view the Dragon spacecraft that returned to Earth May 31 following the first successful mission by a private company to carry supplies to the International Space Station.
Bolden and Musk also will participate in a media availability at 9 a.m. PDT, Thursday, June 14, in SpaceX’s headquarters at 1 Rocket Rd. in Hawthorne, Calif. They will view the first Dragon spacecraft recovered by SpaceX following its December 2010 orbital test flight. On this mission, SpaceX became the first commercial company to recover a spacecraft after it orbited Earth. Bolden and Musk also will view a prototype Dragon spacecraft being designed to carry astronauts to the space station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The two Dragon orbital flights were SpaceX demonstration missions under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program (COTS). The program provides investments intended to lead to regular resupply missions to the International Space Station and stimulate the commercial space industry in the United States.
For more information about NASA’s COTS Program and SpaceX, visit: http://www.spacex.com
For information about NASA’s Commercial Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew
For more information about Administrator Bolden, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/bolden_bio.html