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SpaceX Becomes First Company to Dock Craft at Space Station

May 25, 2012

A rendering of SpaceX's Dragon berthed at the International Space Station. Source: NASA

A rendering of SpaceX's Dragon berthed at the International Space Station. Source: NASA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. docked a supply ship with the International Space Station in a breakthrough for commercial space travel.

Closely held SpaceX, controlled by billionaire Elon Musk, connected its unmanned Dragon capsule to the station at 12:02 p.m. New York time, according to Kyle Herring, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It’s the first company to accomplish the feat.

NASA retired its shuttle fleet last year and wants the private sector to take over the job of ferrying supplies and eventually astronauts to the station. The U.S. currently relies on the governments of Europe, Japan and Russia for those trips.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brendan McGarry in Washington at bmcgarry2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephanie Stoughton at sstoughton@bloomberg.net


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