A SpaceX cargo ship has reached the International Space Station delivering science experiments, food and supplies to astronauts a day later than planned due to a GPS data glitch.
“Capture confirmed,” NASA TV’s announcer stated at 5:44 a.m. ET. The capture took place as the space station and the capsule flew in orbit 250 miles off of Australia’s northwest coast.
The delayed launch went perfectly, but when the Dragon craft was less than a mile from its space station dock early Wednesday, its computer automatically aborted the maneuver due to an error in its GPS software. The capsule was then sent on a flight around the station and set to make another attempt Thursday.
A few hours after crew members at the space station used the robotic arm to capture the Dragon and hold it in place, the capsule was physically attached to the station, according to NASA’s live TV coverage.
It will take the ISS crew about a month to unload the spacecraft, NASA says. In late March, it will splash down in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California.