Hawthorne's Space X aims to be 1st private rocket company to dock with Space Station

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Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centern July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies, or "Space X," is hoping to make history later this year. Space X plans to become the first private rocket company to fly cargo to the International Space Station.

Kirsten Grantham, Space X spokeswoman, says the company is well on its way to reaching its goal.

"The launch that we are planning now will be our very first launch, a test launch, to show that we can successfully launch, orbit and berth with the International Space Station," Grantham said, "where we'll transfer cargo, and then we'll return the capsule back to earth."

NASA made its last space shuttle flight earlier this year. It's now relying on private companies like Space X to make the cargo flights.

Space X says it plans to launch its Dragon capsule from Florida on Nov. 30. The capsule will need to perform a series of maneuvers before NASA gives approval for it to dock with the space station.

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