SpaceX’s first recycled Dragon arrives at space station
The new SpaceX recycled spacecraft arrived on Monday at the International Space Station, two days after the unmanned cargo capsule Dragon was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Live footage on NASA television showed the spacecraft approached the outpost in orbit and grabbed the robotic arm at 9:52 PM (1352 GMT).
“Full capture,” said NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who operated the robotic arm from inside the station.
The spacecraft carries about 6,000 pounds (2,700 kilograms) of scientific research, crew and equipment.
Originally, it was tested on SpaceX’s fourth refueling mission in 2014.
Its arrival makes it the first spacecraft in the United States to return to the station since the US space shuttle program ended in 2011.
The latest mission is SpaceX’s 11th cargo reloading of the ISS under a $ 1.6 billion contract with NASA.
“We also want to point out the special importance SpaceX 11, which, if we follow the name of the Prince artist agreement, we could call it ‘The SpaceX, formerly known as SpaceX 4’, said NASA astronaut Jack Fischer while speaking with control of the mission in Houston .
“We now have a new generation of vehicles, led by business partners like SpaceX, while building the infrastructure that will lead to future exploration,” he said.
“Now we have better than go back to work. We have a lot of download.”
SpaceX is working on a version of its Dragon capsule that will take the space station crew, perhaps as early as next year.
The California-based company led by Elon Musk regularly sends the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to vertical landings on Earth as part of an effort to increase reuse and reduce the cost of spaceflight.