Private supply ship aces pivotal space station test
Makes close flyby in advance of today’s docking
The world’s first private supply ship flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station on Thursday, acing a critical test in advance of the actual docking. The unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule flew within 1Â½ miles of the orbiting lab as it performed a practice lap and checkout of its communication and navigation systems. Officials at NASA and the SpaceX company declared the rendezvous a success and said the historic linkup is on track for Friday.