SpaceX's Dragon Reaches Pacific Ocean, Ends Successful ISS Journey
May 31, 2012 7:33 PM
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule in the Pacific Ocean
(Source: Michael Altenhofen)
SpaceX will now look forward to hearing from NASA about 12 additional missions to the ISS
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule has successfully completed its first trip to the International Space Station (ISS) with a splash in the Pacific Ocean.
"Welcome home, baby," said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO. "It's like seeing your kid come home."
SpaceX is now the first private rocket company to
send a spacecraft to the ISS
since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet last year, leaving U.S. astronauts to depend on Russia when it came to space transportation.
After the space shuttle fleet's retirement, SpaceX stepped in with its Dragon cargo capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to lift supplies to the ISS. After a few delays throughout the first few months of this year, the Dragon made its way to the ISS at 3:44 a.m. on May 22. It launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida along with the Falcon 9 rocket with intentions of delivering supplies to the ISS.
On May 25, the
Dragon finally made it to the ISS
after passing a series of tests. The Dragon attached to the ISS at 12:02 p.m. that day.
From there, the Dragon delivered 674 pounds of food, clothing and other supplies as well as 271 pounds of cargo bags, 46 pounds of science experiments, and 22 pounds of computer equipment to the ISS.
Today, the Dragon made its way home after detaching from the ISS' robotic arm at 2:29 a.m. PDT. Five hours later, the Dragon used its thrusters to begin slowing down while at 240 miles above the Indian Ocean. At 7:51 a.m. PDT, SpaceX engineers confirmed the beginning of the deorbit burn.
The Dragon then slowly fell out of orbit due to the change in velocity from the burn. It finally splashed down into the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles off the coast of Baja California at 8:42 a.m. PDT. The capsule was recovered by boats and brought to the port of Los Angeles.
From launch to the splashdown, SpaceX's Dragon mission lasted 9 days, 7 hours and 58 minutes.
With the Dragon mission being a success, SpaceX will now look forward to hearing from NASA about 12 additional missions to the ISS. While these missions will be unmanned and sent for the purpose of re-supplying the ISS, SpaceX is currently working on a manned version for carrying astronauts.
This isn't SpaceX's only win of the week. Just yesterday, it was announced that SpaceX and satellite service provider Intelsat reached a commercial agreement for the
launch of a Heavy Falcon rocket
. The Heavy Falcon is a powerful rocket that represents SpaceX's entry into the heavy lift launch vehicle arena. The Falcon Heavy rocket can carry satellites and other spacecraft weighing over 53 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit.
"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini
SpaceX, Intelsat Enter Commercial Agreement for Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch
May 30, 2012, 11:50 AM
SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Reaches ISS, Station Captures Footage of Arrival
May 25, 2012, 3:30 PM
SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket, Dragon Spacecraft; Heads Towards ISS
May 22, 2012, 4:00 AM
PIQ ROBOTTM reveals its new artificial intelligence software
November 29, 2016, 12:59 AM
One more time - Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone Around the World
November 24, 2016, 4:00 AM
Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project gets halted for 2016
November 20, 2016, 7:00 AM
Cell Research Study shows African Americans have greater immune response to infection
November 10, 2016, 1:00 AM
UTHealth Clinical Trial Shows Progress Using Stem Cells to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury
November 8, 2016, 1:00 AM
Uber Partners with Circulation to Pilot Program Connecting Transportation and Digital Health Care
November 6, 2016, 5:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Kobo Aura One Vs Kindle Paperwhite
January 10, 2017, 1:21 AM
New at CES 2017 - Changhong 8K Super Slim TV 65ZHQ3R
January 8, 2017, 1:07 AM
OPPO R9 – The Smartphone with Excellent Camera and Long Battery Life
January 12, 2017, 12:01 AM
Are you in the market for a private antenna?
January 11, 2017, 12:01 AM
Comparison: Xiaomi Mi Mix Vs. HTC U Ultra
January 14, 2017, 12:10 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Jan 17, 2017, 12:16 AM
News of the Day
Jan 16, 2017, 12:10 PM
News and Technology Advancement
Jan 16, 2017, 7:58 AM
Jan 15, 2017, 12:32 AM
Here is Some News
Jan 14, 2017, 12:39 AM
News: Improved and New products
Jan 13, 2017, 12:01 AM
News around the world
Jan 12, 2017, 12:01 AM
Rumors and Announcements
Jan 11, 2017, 12:01 AM
This year CES and ridiculous gadgets
Jan 10, 2017, 12:01 AM
Nokia Android phone spurns the west.
Jan 9, 2017, 12:08 AM
New at CES 2017 - Changhong 8K Super Slim TV 65ZHQ3R
Jan 8, 2017, 1:07 AM
Debuted at CES 2017 - Vuzix Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses
Jan 8, 2017, 12:39 AM
Some news of Day
Jan 7, 2017, 12:01 AM
News 2017 CES
Jan 6, 2017, 12:01 AM
Here is the Latest News in Tech
Jan 5, 2017, 1:47 AM
AI Beats World’s Best at Chinese board game “Go”
Jan 4, 2017, 11:21 AM
Las Vegas 2017 CES
Jan 3, 2017, 12:01 AM
News of Jan 2nd 2017
Jan 2, 2017, 4:40 AM
Wishing you all, the New Year brings the light of hope, joy, success, and Happy, Happy New Year.
Jan 1, 2017, 1:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information