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Space Station crew savors “new car smell” of Dragon capsule

Space Station crew savors “new car smell” of Dragon capsule

SpaceX's Dragon capsule revealed its secrets to the crew of the International Space Station earlier today, a cache of food, equipment and "new car smell" as astronauts opened the hatch for the first time. After successfully docking with the ISS yesterday - and setting a new record in the process, as the first private craft to link with the station - after a 3.5 day trip through space, Dragon's more than 1,000 pounds of cargo will be unloaded over the next four days, before the shelves are packed up again for the return trip.

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SpaceX mission makes history: docking successful

SpaceX mission makes history: docking successful

This morning NASA confirmed that the SpaceX mission sending the Dragon had officially been captured as well as completely docked with the ISS - history has been made! The first of two stages of docking was made 10:52 AM CST, the second at 11:02 AM CST, both stages needed at the International Space Station before the pod can be officially docked and the mission can be seen as a success. This docking comes after a single missed opportunity launch on Earth followed by a successful launch, this making SpaceX the first commercial group to launch and successfully attach to the ISS.

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SpaceX docks with ISS: “Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail”

SpaceX docks with ISS: “Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail”

NASA and SpaceX have made history today, with the International Space Station reaching out and grappling the Dragon capsule with its robotic arm. The culmination of a three day flight and numerous tests of the safety functionality necessary to protect both Dragon and the ISS, the team aboard the orbiting space platform guided the robotic arm to pluck the capsule out of the sky at 9:56 ET this morning.

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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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