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SpaceX Dragon Docks with Space Station! [May. 25th, 2012|09:12 am]

Dragon successfully completed all on-orbit maneuvers and communication tests. The only glitch was during approach a sensor was thrown off by a reflection from a station module; it delayed things a few hours while they made sure it was a false positive and retuned the sensor.

Petit, ISS expedition crew, operated the remote arm to grapple the floating capsule. He announced, "Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail!"

Dragon has now docked. (Hatch opening has not yet occurred, AFAIK.) It is effectively a module of the ISS until its departure. This is the first privately designed and built vehicle to dock with the space station. And this is only the second time SpaceX has had a Dragon capsule in space, even!

Fantastic showing from SpaceX, passing a slew of milestones with almost no glitches (thus far -- fingers crossed for a good return to Earth). Bravo!


[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2012-05-25 06:23 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2012-05-26 12:27 am (UTC)
I can not say how excited I am about this :) I remember the moon landing!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-05-29 05:38 pm (UTC)
That is one historical event that I wish I had been present for. (I mean, to watch on TV, not actually THERE on the moon -- though that would be cool, too!)
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[User Picture]From: thump
2012-05-26 12:52 am (UTC)
Too cool!
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2012-05-26 01:20 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I went and saw Burt Rutan speak years ago, when the shuttles were grounded after that re-entry incident (I think). It was the same year that Spaceship One did its thing. He was very proud to be able to say that there were only two manned flights in to space the previous year from the US, and both of them (both spaceship one) were privately funded. His talk was about how the private sector would be taking over that stuff. I guess he was right!

Also, I would LOVE to work for Elon Musk! Hopefully I'll find myself working for Tesla Motors some day.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2012-05-26 03:17 pm (UTC)
This is such awesome news.
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