Enter the Dragon

History was made today as the Dragon capsule developed by SpaceX was the first commercial spacecraft to successfully dock with the International Space Station, marking a new era in Earth’s exploration and industrialization of space.

The Dragon capsule launched on Tuesday May, 22nd from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and rendezvoused with the International Space Station on Thursday. The ISS astronauts will enter the Dragon capsule early Saturday morning after a 2-hour hatch opening procedure.

According to the SpaceX website, “this is SpaceX’s second demonstration flight under a 2006 Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement with NASA to develop the capability to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station. Demonstration launches are conducted to determine potential issues so that they might be addressed; by their very nature, they carry a significant risk. If any aspect of the mission is not successful, SpaceX will learn from the experience and try again.”

Space enthusiasts around the world watched the docking procedure live on NASA TV while following the live tweets of Space X and NASA Johnson Space Center. We at Trek Radio congratulate the team at Space X for this monumental and historical accomplishment.





by Deyvid