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After delivering its bounty of fresh food, supplies and experiments to the orbiting outpost, the SpaceX Dragon capsule completed its mission when it splashed down off the Baja California coast this morning (March 26, 2013). Here’s a photo diary of some of the Dragon’s voyage to low-Earth orbit and back.
Like the company’s two previous flights, the rocket will carry a Dragon cargo capsule loaded with food, supplies and science experiments for the International Space Station, a permanently staffed research laboratory that flies about 250 miles above Earth. Read more…
SpaceX is getting stuff DONE!
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tucked the newly arrived Dragon cargo capsule into a berthing port on the Harmony connecting node just after noon on Friday, capping a key test flight for NASA’s new commercial space initiative.
The capsule, owned by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is the first privately owned vessel to reach the orbital outpost, which flies about 240 miles above Earth.
On Thursday morning, Space Exploration Technologies’ Dragon capsule successfully carried out a complex set of orbital maneuvers around the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Dragon edged 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the orbiting outpost completing a “fly-under” to give the astronauts onboard the ISS this historic photo opportunity.
During the maneuvers, Dragon tested its UHF communications unit and switched on its relative GPS system — used to decipher the relative positions of the capsule and ISS. All systems performed just as they should.