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SpaceX capsule docks with the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 07:45 PM by AlexMuller

This marks a successful completion to the main mission for US company SpaceX. But a test designed to bring part of the launch rocket down to a soft landing on a floating sea platform at the weekend did not work as planned. ISS commander Butch Wilmore used a robot arm to grab the capsule and its 2,300kg (5,000lbs) of precious cargo.

The space station's six astronauts were running down their supplies because the previous American supply ship - owned by Orbital Sciences - was destroyed in an explosion shortly after launch in October. Saturday's landing test was designed to demonstrate a capability that could dramatically lower launch costs in the future.
It involved flying the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon rocket back to a drone ship sitting 300km off the coast of Cape Canaveral in Florida. The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, tweeted that the booster had hit the platform hard and had been lost. He later added that aerodynamic fins on the rocket had run out of hydraulic fluid just before landing.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-01-14
Progress, no doubt. And now it is also clear which problems prevented soft landing that would ensure that rockets can be reused - hopefully next attempt is going to work
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-01-14
I am sure that people staying at ISS welcomed the supply. As for reusable rockets, I agree this would take some more effort Reply


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