SpaceX brings docking port to ISS after successful launch

Jul

18

2016

SpaceX launched a Dragon capsule with the aim of bringing a docking adapter for the International Space Station. Part of the Falcon 9 launcher is thereby successfully landed back on Earth, so that SpaceX can reuse.

The Dragon capsule containing 2267 kg of goods to the International Space Station is Wednesday at its destination. Under load, the International Docking Adapter : The new connection between the ISS and space capsules that dock at the station.

The adapter features among other lasers and sensors which communicate the ISS and spacecraft digitally with each other including the remaining distance and abnormalities. The adapter has dimensions of 1.1 meters high and 1.6 meters wide, with a total diameter of 2.4 meter to be taken into account as the outer systems. The dimensions are the standard for future spacecraft to dock with the ISS.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon CRS-9

Among others, the CST-100 Starliner Boeing and the crew of SpaceX Dragon can do with it connection to transfer astronauts. An earlier attempt by SpaceX to bring the adapter to the ISS failed. The rocket exploded last year. Under the current charge is this time a DNA sequencer, which allows astronauts aboard research can do to cells.

It is the second time that a part of the Falcon 9 two-stage rocket successfully and relatively unscathed returns to the surface, it did three times before an offshore platform. It is the seventh launch for SpaceX this year. Last year there were six launches of the company in 2014.

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