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Dragon Capsule Docked with ISS

And there was much rejoicing

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Dragon Capsule became the first commercial space vehicle to dock with the International Space Station.

Dragon Capsule became the first commercial space vehicle to dock with the International Space Station.

At 11:02 Houston time, SpaceX made history as its Dragon Capsule became the first commercial space vehicle to dock with the International Space Station.

The step, which controllers were calling "second stage capture" followed the station's catching the orbiting capsule with its robotic arm at 9:56, maneuvering it into position, pushing it into the station's Earth-facing port, and releasing the tension on the robotic arm.

A successful docking is proof that the shift toward privatizing space flight is possible. But, don't forget that Dragon has to make it back to earth safely with 650 kg of ISS gear on board. And it will still probably be years before SpaceX is ferrying humans into space.

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report

These two dozen technical projects should make significant advances in the coming year

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report
Edmon DeHaro

Each January, the editors of IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.

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