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SpaceX Dragon parks 30m off Space Station as docking nears

SpaceX Dragon parks 30m off Space Station as docking nears

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has reached the hold point near the International Space Station, just 30m from the orbiting platform, and waiting for the optimum time for the station to grapple it in. It's taken several hours of testing and positioning to get Dragon in so close, with NASA and the SpaceX ground team repeatedly running through the "retreat" procedure which will halt the craft and back it away from the ISS should an issue arise.

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SpaceX Dragon in final ISS docking approach: Watch it live

SpaceX Dragon in final ISS docking approach: Watch it live

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is preparing to make its historic first dock with the International Space Station, the next step in the privatization of space flight. Having successfully blasted off earlier this week, and completed a test fly-by yesterday, Dragon is currently a few football pitch-lengths away from the ISS as astronauts test the safety protocols that could prevent an inadvertent collision. You can watch along after the cut.

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Boeing hits new milestone for Crew Space Transportation spacecraft

Boeing hits new milestone for Crew Space Transportation spacecraft

SpaceX has its Dragon capsule in orbit right now, and testing is apparently going very well. One of SpaceX's competitors to get NASA business taking astronauts and cargo into Earth orbit is aerospace giant Boeing. Boeing is also working on its own capsule for crew and cargo called the CST-100. That Boeing space capsule has reached a milestone this week with the successful completion of the software Preliminary Design Review.

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SpaceX Dragon makes International Space Station fly-by

SpaceX Dragon makes International Space Station fly-by

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has completed its fly-by of the International Space Station, and has begun a battery of engineering tests ahead of the planned docking early on Friday morning. Dragon crossed under the ISS at a distance of 2.4km within the past few hours; look close in this image SpaceX tweeted earlier, shot from the ISS itself, and you can just see the Dragon capsule visible as a small dot.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 22, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 22, 2012

This morning it's time for Zenbooks, Zenbooks, and more Zenbooks! You're going to want to head to the post announcing everyone ASUS has let loose today and get your ASUS on all day long. But don't forget the real-life final Google Acquisition of Motorola for the record! There's a whole new batch of iPhone 5 rumors on the way while the iPhone 5,2 and iPhone 5,1 are both on the chopping block - we'll see something this year, for sure!

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SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the dead when it launched

SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the dead when it launched

After multiple delays, SpaceX finally launched its Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule on top today. The rocket lifted off early this morning with no issues noted so far. The main mission for SpaceX with the launch is to demonstrate its capsule and hopefully be the first to dock a private capsule with the ISS in history. SpaceX also had something else aboard the Falcon 9 rocket when it lifted off that you may not have heard about.

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SpaceX Dragon successfully launches: New age of private spaceflight

SpaceX Dragon successfully launches: New age of private spaceflight

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched, powering the Dragon capsule up into orbit above the Earth and ready for its meeting with the International Space Station in a few days time. After one aborted launch attempt last week, the SpaceX team had hurried to prepare the Falcon 9 for a second try this morning. That saw no issues whatsoever, with Dragon boosted up into space and successfully deploying its solar arrays.

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SpaceX in final countdown for second ISS Dragon attempt

SpaceX in final countdown for second ISS Dragon attempt

SpaceX is set to make its second attempt this month to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, after having aborted last week's test flight to the International Space Station over technical issues. The launch - set for take-off in around eight minutes at time of writing - is currently showing green-lights on weather, technical and other issues that could potentially delay the launch again.

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SpaceX set to try again for ISS Tuesday

SpaceX set to try again for ISS Tuesday

SpaceX had its Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad for an early Saturday, May 19 launch. All seemed to be going well as the five main engines on the rocket lit, only to be shut down almost immediately. The ignition sequence was canceled with the rocket engines aglow after a slightly high combustion chamber pressure was noted. This is the latest delay in what's becoming common in the attempt to be the first company to send a private spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX test flight to ISS aborted

SpaceX test flight to ISS aborted

SpaceX has again been forced to abort its planned mission to dock with the International Space Station, with the private spaceflight company's latest delay being as close to lift-off as possible. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket had ignited its nine main engines earlier this morning and was T minus 0.5 seconds to launch when engineers aborted due to "slightly high combustion chamber pressure on engine 5" SpaceX said. However, a new attempt could be as early as a few days time.

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