The SpaceX Dragon docked to the International Space Station (ISS) early Wednesday morning.  Dragon is expected to remain docked to the ISS for 18 months.  Dragon shuttled supplied the station with 882 pounds of supplies and researching equipment.  As of right now the Space X Dragon functions like a giant Storage Pod you’d find out on your neighbor’s driveway.  At the end of the 18-month stay, Dragon will return with 1,673 pounds of “cargo” back to Earth.

Dragon is designed to be used for multiple missions and it is in SpaceX’s long-term goals to develop reusable rockets.

SpaceX eventually plans to launch vessels that can carry passengers to the ISS, but until then it will function as a primary carrier for NASA’s supplies.  So far, NASA’s model to outsource rockets and spacecrafts seems to be paying off.

[via NASA]