History in space: SpaceX Dragon arrives at ISS - New York News

History in space: SpaceX Dragon arrives at ISS

Posted: Updated:
CAPE CANAVERAL (NEWSCORE) -

The first private spacecraft to supply the International Space Station (ISS) was captured by a robotic arm extending from the ISS on Friday, NASA said.

"SpaceX Drago capsule captured by International Space Station!" NASA confirmed on its Twitter account.

"Houston, looks like we have Dragon by the tail," said US astronaut Don Pettit, who was operating the robotic arm from the space station.

The capsule's "grappling" with the ISS occurred at 9:56 a.m. The step will be followed by the docking operation, to attach the capsule to the station.

Earlier Friday, the SpaceX Dragon received the go-ahead from NASA to proceed to the holding point in preparation for grappling.

On Thursday, the capsule performed a successful fly-under of the ISS in preparation for the docking.

The capsule flew under the ISS at a distance of 1.5 miles and in-orbit tests were performed in an attempt to ensure a safe rendezvous Friday.

In addition to Thursday's successful maneuvers, the spacecraft also reached several milestones on Tuesday and Wednesday while firing its thrusters to catch up to the space station.

The spacecraft is transporting about 1,000 pounds of cargo to the ISS including food, water and clothing for the astronauts.

If the SpaceX mission proves a success, it will begin to fulfill a 2008 contract with NASA for a minimum of 12 flights carrying supplies to and from the ISS. It also was designed to carry astronauts in the future.

Once the mission is complete, the Dragon capsule will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and land in the Pacific Ocean some 250 miles off the US West Coast, where it will be recovered.

The landmark flight has not been without its problems. The spacecraft had been due to blast off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket Saturday, but was grounded after a faulty part was discovered.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Firefighters rescue crane operator

    Firefighters rescue crane operator

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:12:48 GMT
    Firefighters in northern New Jersey rescued an Iowa man when his bucket crane buckled. Josh Lovell of Melcher, Iowa, was working on lights when the crane broke Tuesday.
    Firefighters in northern New Jersey rescued an Iowa man when his bucket crane buckled. Josh Lovell of Melcher, Iowa, was working on lights when the crane broke Tuesday.

  • Police: Man drives off NY bridge, dies

    Police: Man drives off NY bridge, dies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:10:33 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    Police in Westchester County are investigating whether a man who died was drag racing when he drove off a bridge. They say the victim was driving northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway when he exited and drove off the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Dobbs Ferry around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was alone in the car.
    Police in Westchester County are investigating whether a man who died was drag racing when he drove off a bridge. They say the victim was driving northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway when he exited and drove off the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Dobbs Ferry around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was alone in the car.

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
  • Space photo galleriesMore>>

  • Photos: 24 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

    Photos: 24 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:25:25 GMT
    It was 24 years ago that the Hubble Space Telescope blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Here's a look back at some of the most impressive views the telescope has provided.
    It was 24 years ago that the Hubble Space Telescope blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Here's a look back at some of the most impressive views the telescope has provided.
  • NASA launches probe to study Martian atmosphere

    NASA launches probe to study Martian atmosphere

    Monday, November 18 2013 2:49 PM EST2013-11-18 19:49:49 GMT
    A robotic probe blasted off from Florida on Monday, starting a 10-month journey to the red planet. NASA is hoping the MAVEN spacecraft will help answer questions about why Mars is such a desolate planet.
    A robotic probe blasted off from Florida on Monday, starting a 10-month journey to the red planet. NASA is hoping the MAVEN spacecraft will help answer questions about why Mars is such a cold and desolate planet.
  • Atlantis launches again -- as museum display

    Atlantis launches again -- as museum display

    Thursday, June 27 2013 2:27 PM EDT2013-06-27 18:27:12 GMT
    We'll never see a space shuttle launch again. But now, at Kennedy Space Center, there's a new way to see space shuttle Atlantis as you've never seen it before.
    We'll never see a space shuttle launch again. But now, at Kennedy Space Center, there's a new way to see space shuttle Atlantis as you've never seen it before.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices