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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.
At 5:31 am EST Sunday morning, International Space Station astronauts guided the Canadarm2 robotic arm to an earlier-than-scheduled grappling maneuver with the SpaceX Dragon capsule. The grapple was scheduled for 6:31 am ET. At 8:56 am EST, the robotic arm guided the capsule for installation onto the Earth-facing port of the space station’s Harmony module. Read more
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!
mm, chocolate-vanilla swirlice cream!
what, no peanut butter?!
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX for short, launched a rocket with a capsule carrying supplies for the International Space Station on Sunday, officially beginning a new era in which NASA will count on private companies to carry cargo and, eventually, people into orbit. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, the billionaire PayPal founder, declared the liftoff a success. Despite a problem with one of the rocket’s nine engines, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is expected to dock with the space station on schedule Wednesday. SpaceX completed a test mission in May, but this is its first paid supply run to the space station. What will this trip mean for the future of space flight? Here, a brief guide:
What is SpaceX delivering to the space station?
It’s taking 1,000 pounds of supplies, including food, clothing, gear, and science experiments. The scientific projects include 23 built by students, including one designed by California middle school students to see how Silly Putty works in zero-gravity. The equipment includes a freezer to store laboratory samples at temperatures as low as 300 degrees below zero. The ship is also carrying a treat for the three people on board the space station — chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream.
Space Exploration Technologies aced a practice mission to the International Space Station, completing a nine-day flight of its unmanned Dragon capsule with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.
Riding beneath a trio of 116-foot wide parachutes, the bell-shaped ship landed about 560 miles west of Baja, California at 11:42 a.m. EDT.
Earlier Thursday, astronauts aboard space station used the 58-foot long Canadian robotic arm to fly Dragon out of the docking slip where it had spent the past six days and release it into space for the quick journey back to Earth.
Space Exploration Technologies’ Dragon capsule, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the International Space Station, was released early Thursday in preparation for a return to Earth at 11:44 a.m. EDT today.
Dragon blasted off May 22 for an ambitious test flight, a trial run before the company, also known as SpaceX, begins regular cargo runs to the station for NASA.
Rather than kick their feet up this Memorial Day weekend, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be unloading cargo from the first private spacecraft ever to visit the orbiting lab.
SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule docked with the station Friday (May 25), making spaceflight history in the process. Another milestone came Saturday at about 5:53 a.m. EDT (0953 GMT), when the hatches between Dragon and the $100 billion orbiting lab were opened.