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Dragon Capsule Comes Home, Mission Complete
2012-05-31 11:36:36

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX had an ideal ending to its Dragon capsule mission as the spacecraft zipped safely back through Earth's atmosphere and into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday. The Dragon capsule spent over a week in space, becoming the first commercial vehicle to dock with the International Space Station. SpaceX's prized capsule saw numerous launch delays, and one abort, until it finally was able to send Dragon into orbit last Tuesday at 3:44 a.m....

SpaceX Dragon Capsule On Its Way Back To Earth
2012-05-31 06:05:52

[ Watch the Video ] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) can add another gold star to its report card after its Dragon cargo vessel successfully undocked from the International Space Station early Thursday, now ready for its return journey back to Earth after spending a week attached to the orbiting lab. The Dragon capsule was released by Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Andre Kuipers and Joe Acaba using the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Using the arm, the two lab members demated Dragon from...

2012-05-30 11:15:32

NASA Television will provide extensive coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon capsule from the International Space Station before its reentry and splashdown on May 31. On Wednesday, May 30, a news briefing previewing the departure activities will be held at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. EDT) and will be broadcast live on NASA TV and the agency's website. Participants include NASA Flight Director Holly Ridings and SpaceX Mission Manager John Couluris....

SpaceX Makes History With Dragon Docking
2012-05-25 12:00:58

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX made history today as its Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. Dragon launched on Tuesday, May 22 at 3:44 a.m. from Cape Canaveral towards the ISS, reaching the orbiting laboratory on Thursday. "Congratulations on a wonderful capture," astronaut Megan Behnken radioed to the station crew from Mission Control as they used the space station's robotic arm to grasp the...

Dragon Capsule Ready For Friday Rendezvous
2012-05-24 14:36:46

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX's Dragon capsule finally caught up to the International Space Station on Thursday morning and performed a series of tests to clear it for docking on Friday. The Dragon capsule performed a fly-by test Thursday morning, staying at least 1-1/2 miles away from the orbiting laboratory, allowing Mission Control to perform a practice lap and check its communication and navigation systems. On Friday, the capsule will fly within 30 feet of the space...


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