SpaceX Dragon Docks with ISS
[Satellite TODAY 10-10-12] SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) and completed a critical stage of its cargo resupply mission for NASA, SpaceX announced Oct. 10.
The crew onboard ISS will pressurize the vestibule between the station and Dragon and open the hatch that leads to the forward bulkhead of the spacecraft. The crew will then begin unloading Dragon’s cargo, which includes crew supplies, vehicle hardware, experiments, and an ultra-cold freezer for storing scientific samples.
“This is a big moment in the course of this mission and for commercial spaceflight,” SpaceX CEO and CTO Elon Musk said in a statement.
The CRS-1 mission is the first of at least 12 that SpaceX will perform under NASA’s $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract.