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ISS Robotic Arm Captures Dragon Capsule 147

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the capitalists-...-in-space! dept.
puddingebola writes "From the aricle, 'The SpaceX Dragon capsule has been successfully grabbed by the International Space Station, marking the first time a private American space flight has run a supply mission to the orbiting platform. The crew of the ISS snatched Dragon out of orbit ahead of schedule, using the space station's robotic arm to guide the capsule in after its careful approach.' NASA has also posted video of the docking."
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ISS Robotic Arm Captures Dragon Capsule

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  • Re:Second? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Speare (84249) on Wednesday October 10, 2012 @10:28AM (#41607201) Homepage Journal
    Yes, this follows a long trend of marketing hyperbole and rationalization. For example, a car is voted "best in its class," say the ads. The ads don't explain that the "class" is carefully gerrymandered to only include two models, one of which has been out of production for a decade. I've taught my daughter that every adjective is making the marketing claim less impressive, not more impressive. It may very well be the best four-wheel cross-over sport utility soft-topped off-road casual zero-emission vehicle built in North America, but that's not saying much.
  • Re:Yes but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Talderas (1212466) on Wednesday October 10, 2012 @10:30AM (#41607233)

    http://xkcd.com/605/ [xkcd.com]

    Describes you. I think.

  • Re:Second? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Beorytis (1014777) on Wednesday October 10, 2012 @10:43AM (#41607355)

    I seem to be wrong

    Congratulations! That's the first time I've seen that phrase in a slashdot comment!

  • by TWX (665546) on Wednesday October 10, 2012 @11:34AM (#41608087)
    You make the false assumption that NASA is just a whole bunch of government employees. In reality there are thousands of contractors or employees of contractors working for NASA's goals, and they are likely paid the same in terms of salaried, overtime exempt employment contracts as any other high tech engineering employee.

    If SpaceX did anything, it removed the, "must build something for the Shuttle in each state" mantra, so that things are built where they make sense to build them. There apparently had been a company that could have built solid rocket boosters for the shuttle as one-piece structures and barged them to Florida instead of multiple 14' segments with those demonized o-rings, but Utah's Thiokol built 'em instead and had to segment them to bring them by rail.

    Simply ending the need to split things up stupidly is alone going to help the costs.

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