Feeds

ISS crew fling out arm, grab SpaceX Dragon capsule

First commercial delivery docks with the station

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The first contracted SpaceX Dragon has successfully docked with the International Space Station after being snagged with the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

Space X Dragon in Orbit

The Dragon berthed with the Earth-facing side of the Harmony node at 14.03 BST (9.03 EDT) today. Around two hours earlier, Japanese flight engineer Aki Hoshide and NASA 'naut Suni Williams grabbed the commercial cargoship as it flew with around 32 feet of the ISS with the Canadian Space Agency's robotic arm.

The hatch will open on the new supplies just after 9.00 BST tomorrow after the vestibule between the Dragon and the station is pressurised and power and data cables are put in place by Williams and Hoshide.

The ship will stay locked on to the station for 18 days, giving the crew plenty of time to unload 882 pounds of supplies, scientific research and hardware and reload with 1,673 pounds of stuff to take home.

Canadarm2 will once again grab the Dragon on 28 October to detach the ship from Harmony and release it for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, 250 miles off the coast of southern California, six hours later.

The mission, CRS-1, is the first contracted cargo delivery flight after the successful test mission in May.

Although the trip to the ISS has gone smoothly, liftoff on Sunday caused the Falcon 9 rocket under the Dragon to lose an engine, leaving a commercial satellite that was hitching a ride in a lower orbit than planned. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away
Interplanetary admins will back up data and get to work
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?