The crowd watching the launch in the early morning hours cheers as Falcon 9 lights up the sky.
Following the launch, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk said: "The vehicle’s first stage performed nominally before separating from the second stage. The second stage successfully delivered the Dragon spacecraft into its intended orbit. This marks the third consecutive successful Falcon 9 launch and the fifth straight launch success for SpaceX."
Now Dragon heads toward the International Space Station, with an expected rendezvous late this week. Before joining with the space outpost, Dragon will undergo a series of tests to ensure the craft is adequately prepared to berth with the station.