Spaceflight changed today with the much anticipated demonstration launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule set atop. The rocket is being designed as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. In other words they want a way to get things (and people) up to the International Space Station. Falcon 9 is the first ever commercial launch vehicle to have been launched, orbit the Earth, and then re-enter. Over the coming years we’ll being seeing a lot more of it. Exciting times ahead!