What time does SpaceX Dragon dock with ISS today?


SpaceX Dragon has blasted into orbit (Picture: Getty Images)

The first ever commercial manned mission to space blasted off on Saturday as the SpaceX Dragon went into orbit.

Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken piloted the flight – the first manned mission from the US since 2011, and the first crewed mission from Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation.

They’re due to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) some time today – but just what time is the rocket due to dock?

Here’s what you need to know…

What time does SpaceX Dragon dock with ISS?

SpaceX Dragon is set to dock with the ISS at 10.29am Eastern US time – which is 3.29pm here – with the journey taking around 19 hours.

The craft blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 3.22pm Eastern time – 8.22pm UK time – on Saturday, with the launch having been delayed from Wednesday due to inclement weather.

If you want to keep up with the rocket’s progress you can do so via the livestream on Nasa TV’s YouTube channel.

Coverage of the mission is being streamed on Nasa TV (Picture: Getty Images)

After docking, the men will spend between one and four months on the ISS, depending on how well the Dragon performs.

The mission is seen as the ultimate test of SpaceX’s capabilities as a private space company.

Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence both watched the launch (Picture: Reuters)

The US national space agency hasn’t launched astronauts on its own craft since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 – and has been relying on Russian rockets to carry astronauts.

However it is now hoping it can pay SpaceX to provide a ‘taxi service’ up to the ISS.

What is SpaceX and when was it founded?

SpaceX – or to give it its full name Space Exploration Technologies Corp – was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 and is run by him to this day.

SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft in 2010, and it became the first private company to send an unmanned spacecraft to the ISS in 2012.

The billionaire said he was ‘overcome with emotion’ at the launch on Saturday night.

‘I think this is something which should really get people right in the heart – anyone who has a spirit of exploration,’ he explained.

‘It’s been 18 years working towards this goal. It’s really hard to believe that it’s happened.’

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