SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Successfully Docks at ISS
[Satellite TODAY 05-29-12] The Dragon spacecraft has been successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX announced May 25. This comes three days after the successful launch of the Dragon spacecraft on the Falcon 9 rocket.
The ISS Expedition 31 crew successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the station’s robotic arm at 9:56 a.m. EDT on May 25. The accomplishment came three days, six hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds after the mission’s launch. The station was 251 miles over northwest Australia when capture occurred.
“(This is) an achievement of historic scientific and technological significance and a key milepost in President Obama’s vision for America’s continued leadership in space,” Assistant to the President for Science and Technology John Holdren said in a statement.