Dragon at Station

"After an apparently flawless approach by the cargo-laden space capsule" (MSNBC) early this morning, Dragon is at Station, and Suni is now preparing to open the hatch to get their ice cream treats =)


More photos below.

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  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    A star is born
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    There was a valuable system design test on this mission. At minute 1:19 of the ascent, engine one was shut down. SpaceX described what followed:
    "As designed, the flight computer then recomputed a new ascent profile in real time to ensure Dragon's entry into orbit for subsequent rendezvous and berthing with the ISS. This was achieved, and there was no effect on Dragon or the cargo resupply mission.

    Falcon 9 did exactly what it was designed to do. Like the Saturn V (which experienced engine loss on two flights) and modern airliners, Falcon 9 is designed to handle an engine out situation and still complete its mission. No other rocket currently flying has this ability.

    It is worth noting that Falcon 9 shuts down two of its engines to limit acceleration to 5 g's even on a fully nominal flight. The rocket could therefore have lost another engine and still completed its mission."
    Canadarm reaching out from the ISS to catch that Dragon by the tail
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    "Looks like we've tamed the Dragon," station commander Sunita Williams said. "We're happy she's onboard with us. Thanks to everyone at SpaceX and NASA for bringing her to us, and the ice cream."

    Suni, just moments ago, at the hatch
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    And gliding over Earth
    Dragon Berth

    Earlier post of launch photos and pad prep
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  • casrose1 3y

    This is so many Dreams come true for me !
    Effortless communication with Space via "Intelligence " !
    So out of the box ~ Spacex was not afraid to try a better new approach !!
    This is beyond history being made ~ Thank You for letting me have front row seat !!
  • solerena 3y

    the star is beautiful!
  • Greg La Vardera 3y

    When do they dock the Dragon without the arm?
  • born1945 3y

    Super cool. Congrats to the SpaceX team.
  • js brain 3y

    Great news! Congrats to the Falcon 9 Team
  • BillS49 3y

    WOW - what an accomplishment!!
  • Stephen Bové 3y

    There must be a long line of JPL and NASA folks beating on the door to work at SpaceX...insanely great!
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

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    "Dragon departed the station early this morning with 1,673 pounds of return cargo including hardware, supplies, and a GLACIER freezer packed with scientific samples. Dragon is the only craft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies to Earth, and this mission marks the first time since the space shuttle that NASA has been able to return research samples for analysis."
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