The Celestis New Frontier Flight was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket with a primary payload of a Dragon Capsule loaded with supplies to deliver to the International Space Station - the first ever commercial delivery to the ISS.
Liftoff occurred at 2:44 am CDT, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Aboard were 320 Celestis participants – the largest Celestis mission ever – from the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, France, South Africa and Russia.
The New Frontier Flight is dedicated to three souls, one aboard, who passed away prior to seeing this mission completed but who contributed so much to Celestis and the dream of space for all of us: David Hannah, Jr., Susan Schonfeld, and Jim Rogan (participant).
Hundreds of friends and family members gathered to celebrate the lives of the 320 participants on board the New Frontier Flight.
The New Frontier Flight - The star burst in the center of the logo draws the eye to Cape Canaveral, Florida, home of the Canaveral Air Force Station and the launch pad for this mission. The Mercury symbol (left) and the Gemini symbol (right) remind of participant L. Gordon Cooper's flights to space during the time of John F. Kennedy’s “New Frontier.” The nine stars represent the nine engines on the Falcon 9 rocket needed to take bring this mission into orbit. Lastly, the wings in the center stand for the symbolic realization of space travel for all of the participants on the New Frontier Flight.
The New Frontier Flight logo is from well-known designer and illustrator Eric Gignac. Eric’s portfolio also includes co-design of NASA Space Shuttle mission patches for the STS 128 and 133 missions.