SpaceX's Dragon space capsule (Photo: Roger Gilbertson/SpaceX)
The Dragon spacecraft, after its first successful orbital flight (Photo: SpaceX/Mike Altenhofen)
When SpaceX's Dragon capsule docks at the International Space Station in November, it will mark the first time that a private spacecraft has visited the facility
The Falcon 9 launch vehicle, carrying the Dragon spacecraft (Photo: SpaceX/Chris Thompson)
Although we will never see another space shuttle docking at the International Space Station, that doesn’t mean that there are no plans for other American spacecraft to be visiting the facility. In fact, one should be up there on or around December 9th. That’s when SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to arrive, following a November 30th launch. It’s part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, and will be the first time that a privately-developed spacecraft has docked at the ISS.
Other Images from this Gallery