“Looks Like We’ve Tamed the Dragon”

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SpaceX CRS-1 Mission Update:  October 10, 2012

Update from SpaceX

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has been successfully captured at the International Space Station.

At approximately 6:56AM ET / 3:56AM PT, Expedition 33 crew member Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency used the station’s robotic arm to grapple Dragon. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA remarked, “Looks like we’ve tamed the Dragon. We’re happy she’s on board with us.”

Approximately two and a half hours from grapple (exact time variable), Williams will gently install Dragon to Harmony’s Common Berthing Mechanism, enabling it to be bolted in place for its expected two and a half week stay at the International Space Station.

Note: As before the COTS 2/3  Mission, the Dragon attachment sequence is proceeding more quickly than expected. It is unclear whether the SpaceX capsule is more easily captured than the Japanese HTV, which would have served as the baseline, or whether the crew simply wants the ice-cream, NOW!

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