SpaceX Falcon 9 on Historic Journey Begins with Successful Launch, SpaceRef (With video of launch)
"At 3:44 a.m. EDT a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft successfully lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station launch complex 40 for its maiden voyage to the International Space Station on its second demonstration flight as part of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program."
"At a press conference held after the launch, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk began, "I would like to start off by saying what a tremendous honor it has been to work with NASA. And to acknowledge the fact that we could not have started SpaceX, nor could we have reached this point without the help of NASA... It's really been an honor to work with such great people."
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates SpaceX and NASA on the Successful Launch and Orbital Insertion of the Dragon Capsule, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
"The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA for a successful launch and orbital insertion of the Dragon spacecraft this morning. Dragon was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL and will continue to perform maneuvers and system checks, while maintaining communications at a fly-under distance of 1.5 miles from the International Space Station as part of a demonstration mission under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program."
"I want to congratulate SpaceX for its successful launch and salute the NASA team that worked alongside them to make it happen," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "Today marks the beginning of a new era in exploration; a private company has launched a spacecraft to the International Space Station that will attempt to dock there for the first time. And while there is a lot of work ahead to successfully complete this mission, we are certainly off to good start. Under President Obama's leadership, the nation is embarking upon an ambitious exploration program that will take us farther into space than we have ever traveled before, while helping create good-paying jobs right here in the United States of America."
Statement from Robert T. Bigelow of Biegelow Aerospace
"Three consecutive successful launches of the Falcon 9 rocket is an unprecedented accomplishment. Regardless of what happens during the remainder of the upcoming mission, the Falcon 9 has clearly arrived and proven itself as a reliable and affordable launch system for NASA, the Air Force, and commercial payloads. This rocket will create a paradigm shift within the global launch industry and I want to congratulate Elon Musk, Gwynne Shotwell and the entire SpaceX team on today's success. This launch also represents a victory for the commercial crew program as a whole, and validates their approach of supporting multiple, competing entities. The challenges that the U.S. space industry faces are dire, and at least two domestic launch vehicles produced by independent companies are necessary to ensure that America regains its preeminence in the space arena."
"The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, would like to congratulate SpaceX on the achieving a significant milestone today with the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, both heading to the ISS to attempt a docking demonstration for NASA."
NASA Administrator Bolden Comments on SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch