The secret cargo in first private spaceship Disclosed
The secret cargo nn board of the Dragon company SpaceX spaceship, which on December 8 made the first private flight into orbit, was cheese.
Information about some “secret” cargo on board of the Dragon appeared soon after the successful launch. At the ensuing press conference, Chief Executive of SpaceX Elon Musk has refused to tell what was on board, but promised to reveal the secret in the very near future.
In the historic launch of its Dragon space capsule Wednesday, Hawthorne-based rocket venture SpaceX didn’t carry astronauts or cargo into outer space.
But it did transport a wheel of LeBrouere cheese.
The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., revealed Thursday that it lifted a “secret” payload into low Earth orbit aboard its cone-shaped Dragon spacecraft.
LA Times Reports
SpaceX said the choice was a nod to the British comedy troupe Monty Python and its famous Cheese Shop skit.
The launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marked the first time that a private company has developed and lifted a space capsule into orbit and have it survive a fiery reentry.
In a half-century of spaceflight only five countries and one intergovernmental agency have been able to launch a spacecraft into orbit and have it successfully reenter the Earth’s atmosphere: the U.S., the Soviet Union/Russia, China, Japan, India and the European Space Agency.
It also may have been the first spaceflight of cheese. The record books don’t say.