HAWTHORNE, CA (SpaceX PR) — SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was berthed to the International Space Station at approximately 8:56 a.m. EST Sunday, installed onto the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module. Dragon arrived to station with over 2,300 pounds of cargo and packaging to ensure safe travel, and during the next 22 days, astronauts will unload and then load cargo, including materials to support critical science experiments.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was captured by the International Space Station at approximately 5:31 a.m. EST Sunday. Apologies if you missed it – it occurred one hour earlier than expected.
“SpaceX is proud to execute this important work for NASA, and we’re thrilled to bring this capability back to the United States,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. “Today’s launch continues SpaceX’s long-term partnership with NASA to provide reliable, safe transport of cargo to and from the station, enabling beneficial research and advancements in technology and research.”
Dragon will return to Earth with over 3,000 pounds of cargo, and has a targeted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja, Calif. on March 25. Dragon is the only spacecraft in the world today capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth.
CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria Statement on Successful Dragon Capture:
“The Commercial Spaceflight Federation commends SpaceX and NASA for Dragon’s successful capture by the astronauts aboard the ISS this morning,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “In solving the issues facing Dragon post-insertion, the team at SpaceX exhibited the ingenious engineering tenacity that has become a NASA hallmark, and further demonstrated the industry’s readiness to perform the critical task of cargo delivery to low Earth orbit. Congratulations to SpaceX and NASA for the successful berthing of Dragon this morning; I look forward to seeing Dragon back on Earth.”