There are now two Dragons ofmoored to the (ISS) : le Crew Dragon of the Alpha mission and the freighter Dragon CRS-22. The latter arrived on Saturday, June 5, after taking off two days earlier, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “It was a great approach and it was great to see it happen. We are happy that he is here ”said the Shane Kimbrough to flight controllers after docking.
And we understand their enthusiasm! The freighter carried 3,328freight including two new solar panels, crew supplies, , and also new passengers: , who joined the .
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— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) June 6, 2021
In addition, the docking went off without a hitch. The Dragon CRS-22 of SpaceX being the second supply vessel to dock to the ISS automatically, without the aid of astronauts, who typically use the armCanadarm2 to grab incoming cargo ships and manually attach them to the station. But “This does not mean, however, that the rendezvous maneuvers between the two vessels at such a and altitude were easy to achieve, said the astronaut . The trajectory is similar to the one we took ourselves for our arrival on the Station and relative navigation and a sight have been used. Megan and Shane were stationed in the to monitor the arrival ”.
Baby squids and tardigrades aboard SpaceX freighter to dock with Space Station
SpaceX launched its. This Thursday at 1:29 p.m. (7:29 p.m. Paris time), a took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After 12 minutes, the broke away from it. Next stop, the International Space Station!
It will have to tie up to it this Saturday. The mission brings back more than three tons of scientific cargo for experiments. Among them, the study of the symbiotic relationships betweenbeneficials and their hosts, the formation of , and many others. It also carries solar panels that will increase the available on the ISS.