SpaceX Finishes Third ISS Run, Is Poised For Manned Missions
Thanks to U.S.-Russia tension over the ISS, SpaceX is well positioned to become the first private company to fly astronauts into orbit.By Steven Sparkman | May 18, 2014
Commercial spaceflight is starting to become routine. SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Sunday, completing the company's third resupply mission to the International Space Station. (Via NASA)
The capsule had been docked at the ISS for nearly a month. It took 2.5 tons of supplies and science experiments to the station and brought 1.7 tons back to Earth. (Via NASA)
The successful mission means SpaceX is now a quarter of the way through its $1.6 billion contract with NASA to haul cargo to the station. But these missions are just a first step for the company, which is poised to play a key role in space in the next few years.