Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

SpaceX Dragon Docks with Space Station!

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!


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