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SpaceX's cargo capsule docks at Space Station

SpaceX's cargo capsule docks at Space Station

Technology
Two days after it launched from Florida, SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule has docked at the International Space Station.The spacecraft was carrying 5,800 pounds of supplies, including research material, crew supplies and launch and return hardware to the orbiting laboratory.It marked the successful completion of the 14th mission that SpaceX had been contracted to carry out for NASA.Launched on Monday evening from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the supplies in the Dragon will only now on Wednesday begin to be unloaded by the ISS crewIts cargo included an upgraded printer, components for an external high definition camera, and a controller for the Space Station's CO2 scrubber which allows the astronauts to breathe.Among the additional research arriving for the US National Laboratory is a metabolic ...
Boeing unveils UAV prototype for cargo, logistics use

Boeing unveils UAV prototype for cargo, logistics use

Business
Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Boeing has unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing, or eVTOL, cargo air vehicle prototype that it plans to use to test and evolve future autonomous technology."This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy," Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop said in a company press release "We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we'll look back on this day as a major step in that journey."The eVTOL cargo air vehicle, announced on Wednesday, is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds, and will aid in future cargo and logistic applications, the company said.The transport is powered by an environmentally-friendly electric propulsion system and has eight counter rotating blades al...
SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

SpaceX launches, lands previously used rocket booster, cargo ship

Science
Dec. 15 (UPI) -- SpaceX for the first time reused a rocket booster today when it launched and then landed a Falcon-9 rocket as part of a resupply mission for the International Space Station.While the company has previously reflown rocket boosters four times, today's launch was the first time that a previously used rocket booster powered a previously used vessel, the Dragon, on a mission to the ISS. It is also the first time a booster was reused for a NASA mission.The Dragon, which is expected to reach the ISS on Sunday, is carrying about 4,800 pounds of scientific hardware and supplies."That marks the second successful visit to and from space for this particular booster," said a SpaceX commentator on the SpaceX webcast of the launch.The vessel lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., this mor...