CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX finally has made good on its delivery of a space station docking port.
A Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday morning, bearing more than 2 tons of supplies. The shipment includes a docking port needed for future rocket ships. SpaceX is working on a crew-worthy Dragon, while Boeing is developing a capsule for astronauts named Starliner.
SpaceX launched its latest Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday. A year earlier, the first of these new docking rings was destroyed in a SpaceX launch accident. NASA and Boeing — which makes the ports — is working on a replacement that should fly in another 1 ½ years.
The two U.S. space station residents used a robot arm for Wednesday’s 250-mile-high Dragon capture.