SpaceX Dragon Reaches ISS: Rocket Lands On Ocean

Posted: Apr 11 2016, 8:53am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 11 2016, 9:19pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
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The Dragon Capsule belonging to SpaceX has reached the ISS.

SpaceX may have accomplished the landing of its rocket on a barge, yet there is more it has done in the way of achievements. The Dragon Capsule has docked at the ISS. It took place at 9:57 AM over the skies of Algeria.

This capsule is replete with novel supplies for the crew on board the ISS. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a veggie garden and many medical experiments just waiting to be carried out will be a part of this Dragon Capsule.

Meanwhile, the rocket landing of SpaceX rocket is also quite an accomplishment. It is a gem in the crown that lies on Elon Musk’s head. Yet the Dragon Capsule is a much more worthier and more challenging feat which has just been accomplished on a real time basis.

There are things that the world says cannot be done. It often happens that while this is being said by the skeptical crowd, Elon Musk’s company is already doing that thing. Such is the spirit of pioneers and trendsetters not to mention trailblazers.

Space.com posted the following video of Falcon 9 drone-ship landing on the Atlantic Ocean after the booster successfully launched Dragon cargo ship into orbit.

NASA posted the following video of the U.S. SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft arrival at the International Space Station on April 10. Dragon cargo reached ISS two days after its launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon is loaded with some three and a half tons of supplies and experiments including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).

Dragon will remain attached to Harmony for a month. For the first time, Dragon is occupying a port next door to the U.S. Orbital ATK Cygnus commercial cargo vehicle, which was berthed to the Unity module on March 26. Watch the video of Dragon arrival at ISS.

Musk was reported to have said that the Dragon Capsule was one step closer to reaching for the stars. These spaceflights by SpaceX are rather like drone ships. They are being space-tested again and again in order to perfect the art of space travel.

Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin is giving SpaceX quite some solid competition. The two have a rivalry that prompts them to excel one another. In the future a lot more will be invented as regards spacecraft and space probes not to mention reusable rockets. Especially, reusable rockets will be the wave of the future. They can be used to slash the rates of space flights. This is a laudable aim.

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