Cape Canaveral, Florida — A SpaceX The Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today (June 5) to deliver new solar panels, along with plenty of fresh research experiments and NASA supplies as part of a new cargo mission. The 22nd time of the company
without people dragon It was automatically linked to the orbiting laboratory at 5:09 a.m. EDT (0909 GMT), parked at the zenith. or facing space side of the station’s Harmony module. The connection occurred approximately 40 hours after Dragon launch with a Falcon 9 9 rocket Thursday (June 3) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as they docked, the two spacecraft were sailing about 258 miles (415 kilometers) over the South Pacific Ocean.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough told the flight controllers after the docking. “It’s a great way and it’s great to watch it come in. And we’re glad it’s here.” “Looking forward to all the science and other facilities implemented on our EVA solar panels. It’s going to be a great few weeks when we get into Dragon and bring things go out.”
Video: Watch SpaceX’s first automated docking at the space station.
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SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-22 mission is the second supply ship upgraded to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) without the help of astronauts. The station’s Canadarm2 robot arm is normally used to combat incoming cargo ships and self-attachment to the station. However, two Expedition 65 crew members – Kimbrough and NASA astronaut Megan McArthur – monitored the docking from the station. Inside the station’s Cupola observatory.
The arrival of the upgraded Dragon CRS-22 cargo spacecraft will double the total number of SpaceX vehicles, the other Crew Dragon spacecraft, which took four astronauts to the space station in April when date Crew Mission-2, currently connected to the Harmony module
“The arrest is over. And it’s a great day to see another dragon on the ISS. [International Space Station]”Leslie Ringo, a spaceship communicator. Radio Crew Station after docking from NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston.
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This Cargo Dragon is SpaceX’s second back-up vehicle to autonomously connect itself to the space station. That’s a new feature based on some of the new design changes SpaceX has made to the Dragon cargo spacecraft. (The predecessor was captured by the station’s robotic arm and landed at the station with the help of astronauts on board), but also increased the spacecraft’s cargo capacity by about 20%, making it more scientific.
This dragon will be the second dragon to crash into the Atlantic Ocean after a month’s stint on the International Space Station. This change allows researchers to receive shipments of precious cargo much faster than before.
Aboard the Dragon CRS-22 spacecraft, the 7,300 lb (3,311 kg) Exploration Materials and Science Facility includes two new solar panels that will double the space station’s power supply, built by RedWire and Boeing. The first in a sixth series to be installed at the station in the coming months.
Dubbed iROSA (ISS Roll-Out Solar Array), the first flexible solar panels will be installed this month. As part of a series of spacewalks conducted by Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet on June 16 and 20, the design was first tested as a Part of a technology demonstration in a previous procurement mission.
In addition to the International Space Station The solar panels will be used in future missions, such as the Twin Asteroid Redirection Test (or DART), which will be launched on a SpaceX rocket later this year. Part of the agency’s Artemis moon project.
Also on board, the Dragon CRS-21 weighs more than 2,000 pounds. Scientific experiments (907 kg) include interesting creatures such as tardigrades (also known as “water bears”) and Bobtail squid.
The Dragon CRS-22 mission is the second cargo mission the company has flown under a second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, known as CRS-2.
SpaceX signed its first contract with NASA in 2008, originally agreeing to launch 12 cargo missions to the space station between 2012 and 2016. NASA extended that contract to include 20 Dragon cargo flights by It totaled about $700 million in 2015. (Northrop Grumman, formerly Orbital ATK, has also been awarded a contract to fly NASA cargo aboard the Cygnus cargo spacecraft.)
According to Montalbano, Cargo Dragon will continue to dock with the space station until July. Once the Cargo Dragon has departed, Crew Dragon parked at the station will change the parking spot. It will open a port on the ISS for the unmanned Boeing Starliner spacecraft. It is scheduled to launch on the OFT-2 test flight to the station on July 30.
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