Thursday, March 7, 2013
Spaceship Dragon docked to the ISS
Spaceship Dragon, built by a private company SpaceX, safely reached the International Space Station - even though a day later than expected.
After the launch of the ship begin to experience serious problems: three of its four engines orientation refused to work because of a failure in the fuel system, and the operators had to spend several hours trying to revive them. It ended well, and the "Dragon", though late, but made friends with the ISS was successfully "caught" by the robot arm Canadair and docked to the station.
On board the ship - about one ton of cargo for the current ISS crew.
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, told reporters later that the problem with the vehicle was "frightening", but he expressed confidence that this is a one-time failure that will not have impact on long-distance flights, and thanked the agency NASA for what it is "the best in world customer. "
Dragon return to Earth is expected on March 25.
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