SpaceX is launching the world’s first commercial “truck” to orbit, launching a rocket carrying a battery pack and other electronics on Tuesday.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, built by the aerospace giant’s rocket division, sent a Dragon cargo capsule on a test flight to the International Space Station.
The Falcon 9 booster, built with a new design by the company, flew for more than six hours before the rocket landed on the tarmac at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The test flight is the first time a commercial rocket has flown to space, but the test flight comes after a year of delays.
The company has launched dozens of cargo missions to the space station since November 2016.
The launch was one of a series of events on Tuesday in Florida, which was also home to SpaceX’s launch pad, where a second Dragon cargo flight is planned for Sunday.
SpaceX has launched a handful of rockets to the ISS since the agency was established in 1961.
The agency, which oversees the space industry, has relied on a limited number of private rockets to carry supplies to the orbiting laboratory.
But SpaceX, which also has its own private spaceflight program, has been slow to expand its capabilities.
In July, it launched a Dragon supply ship to the station after a week-long delay.
That failed mission left the station in the middle of a supply mission to Ukraine, a major producer of rocket fuel.