Word came this afternoon that the Dragon spacecraft has returned safely to Earth. An unmanned craft, she completed her assigned maneuvers and proved her capability to operate without a crew. Dragon delivered 1,000# of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station, then returned home with 1,400# of carbo.
Dragon made a water landing and was retrieved by divers working from several boats. She will be returned to Texas for inspection and repair before making her next flight. Future missions are expected to touch down on land rather than water.
Dragon is the only recoverable craft currently flying. Russian, Japanese and European rockets fly just one mission and burn up in re-entry. SpaceX may not be dominant for long, however. Orbital Science Corp. is scheduled to lauch its Cygnus vehicle later this summer.
For now, I wish Dragon and her future sisters of the SpaceX fleet many safe and productive flights.