The International Space Station has welcomed the first-ever privately owned ship to the orbital outpost.
California’s Space X firm launched the unmanned Dragon craft from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.
Astronauts used a robotic arm to grab the vehicle and guide it into a berth.
The US space agency, NASA, has been making cutbacks and retired its space shuttles last year.
It wants to save money by contracting routine tasks to the private sector.
Space X is the brainchild of South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors.
The Space X Falcon rocket that launched Dragon into orbit had an unusual cargo onboard.
It carried the ashes of late actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott in ‘Star Trek’.