America’s new commercial astronaut capsule has completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
The SpaceX Dragon vehicle left the International Space Station after being docked there for the past week, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
It had a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry.
Four parachutes brought it into “soft contact” with water about 450km from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The mission – which had no humans aboard, only a dummy covered in sensors – went according to plan.
The Dragon has set the stage for the US space agency Nasa to approve the vehicle for crewed flights.