A Dragon capsule splashed down today at 3:22 EDT, successfully completing its first operational mission. It carried nearly 1,700 pounds of cargo back from space, the most by any spacecraft since the last Shuttle mission and more than seven times the maximum Soyuz can return. No other nation and no other spacecraft now in service can do this. SpaceX claims the capsule is capable of bringing back up to 6,600 pounds.
This also brings us a step closer to a manned version.