View Full Version : Private Spacecraft Connects to International Space Station

05-26-2012, 11:17 AM
A private spacecraft connected to the International Space Station on Friday, a milestone in a new era of commercial space flight.
It happened just before 10 a.m. ET when the station's robotic arm captured the unmanned SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. The process of attaching the Dragon to the space station was completed at 12:02 p.m. ET.

The process began almost two hours later than planned while engineers fixed part of the radar system aboard the Dragon that measured distance to the space station, NASA said.

"Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail," astronaut Don Pettit said after capturing the capsule with the robotic arm, according to NASA.


A new era in space exploration has arrived!

05-26-2012, 11:16 PM
Once they get actual pilots to start docking without any mishaps. They can start thinking of building some other space stations. Which by the looks of it will have to come from private enterprise.