SpaceX Dragon docks with the ISS

SpaceX became the "first private company" to have its spacecraft dock with the ISS.

Although this isn't as revolutionary as advertised...because Lockheed/Boeing and other contractors have been building and operating NASA's rockets, space capsules, shuttles, and stations for decades.

The most important (and impressive) distinction is that SpaceX delivered this on a flat-rate contract, whereas for everyone else, the NASA paid whatever it cost them (cost-plus). NASA did however, help SpaceX with everything from rocket design, to launch operations, to mission management.


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