SpaceX's first recycled Dragon arrives at ISS

2017-06-05 19:15
In this frame from Nasa, a SpaceX Dragon approaches the International Space Station. (Nasa via AP)

In this frame from Nasa, a SpaceX Dragon approaches the International Space Station. (Nasa via AP)

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Miami - SpaceX's first-ever recycled spaceship on Monday arrived at the International Space Station, two days after the unmanned Dragon cargo capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Live images on Nasa television showed the spaceship approaching the orbiting outpost, then being grabbed with the station's robotic arm.

"Capture complete," said Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson, who operated the robotic arm from inside the station.

The spaceship is carrying almost 2 700kg of science research, crew supplies and hardware.

It was originally flown on SpaceX's fourth resupply mission in 2014.

Space station

Its arrival makes it the first US spaceship to return to the space station since the American space shuttle programme ended in 2011.

The latest mission is SpaceX's 11th cargo resupply trip to the ISS under a $1.6bn contract with Nasa.

SpaceX is working on a version of its Dragon capsule that will carry crew to the space station, perhaps as early as next year.

The California-based company headed by Elon Musk also regularly returns the first stage of its Falcon 9 rockets to upright landings on Earth, as part of an effort to increase re-usability and lower the cost of spaceflight.

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