SpaceX capsule to dock with international space station

SpaceX capsule to dock with international space station

March 3, 2019

Washington: A spacecraft built by SpaceX is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station in the second stage of a critical test of the private company's technology.

The self-guided SpaceX Crew Dragon launched on Saturday on board a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The capsule is set to catch up with the orbiting ISS at about 0830 GMT (19:30 AEDT) on Sunday and dock at about 6:05am, NASA said.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a demo Crew Dragon spacecraft lifts off from pad 39A on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral on Saturday.Credit:AP

Live coverage of the rendezvous and docking will air on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Astronauts on the ISS will open the hatch and hold a welcoming ceremony about two hours later.

The crewless mission, called Demo-1, is SpaceX's chance to show it can build a spaceship that can carry humans. Its missions so far have involved shuttling cargo to the ISS. The company, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk, has had the goal of ferrying astronauts into space since he founded SpaceX in 2002.


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