by Staff Writers Washington (AFP) May 25, 2012
SpaceX on Friday became the first commercial outfit to send its own
cargo capsule to the International Space Station, heralding the start of
a new era for private spaceflight.
The berthing marked the climax of the California-based company's
demonstration mission to become the first to restore US access to the
space outpost after NASA retired the three-decade shuttle program last
With no humans on board, the Dragon capsule is delivering about a half
ton of supplies and science experiments for the ISS, and aims to return a
slightly larger load of gear to Earth on May 31.