Good to see this in print to quell the fears that we are losing it in Sapce.
This is copyright protected, so just a wee bit.
By ANDY PASZTOR
AUGUST 17, 2011
“Private spacecraft will begin docking with the International Space Station before the end of the year, months sooner than planned, after NASA gave the green light for the first cargo delivery by such a capsule.
Space Exploration Technology Corp. said the U.S. space agency has given tentative approval for it to conduct the late November flight. The launch will accelerate the shift to private ventures for future manned missions.
The flight will feature the initial effort to dock the company’s Dragon capsule—the pioneer commercial spacecraft— with the space station, orbiting more than 200 miles above the earth.
In accelerating by at least several months the timetable for linking up with the station, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will provide the company and other private space outfits a symbolic and potentially important financial boost.
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