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SpaceX, NASA meet to set launch date for Dragon capsule

Officials target an April 30 liftoff from Cape Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX and NASA will meet Monday to set an official launch date for the company's next demonstration mission, according to Local 6 news partner Florida Today.

Targeting an April 30 liftoff from Cape Canaveral, the mission will attempt to make SpaceX's Dragon capsule the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station.

SpaceX hopes to prove its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon are ready to deliver cargo to the station under a $1.6 billion NASA contract.

A news conference is planned at the conclusion of a Flight Readiness Review at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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