SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully links

Mar

3

2019

automatically to the ISS
Crew Dragon capsule from SpaceX is successfully connected automatically at 11:51 Dutch time to the international space station ISS, above the sea north of New Zealand. The capsule was sent into space on Saturday at 8:49 am.

The test flight consisted of approaching the ISS, as well as testing the retreat and hold commands, in which the capsule itself retreated from the ISS and kept distance, respectively. This was followed by the actual linking, consisting of a soft capture , in which a ring with six flexible arms on the Crew Dragon is connected to the ISS. Then came the hard capture, with the Crew Dragon’s arms actually grabbing the ISS, “like a sort of pull-up,” according to the live stream presenters. The success of the maneuvers was accompanied by loud cheers in the background of the stream.

In the next two hours, the spaces through which the two ISS astronauts must be pressurized. Then it is checked for leaks and then the hatch is opened. The astronauts can then go to the dummy named Ripley, who is dressed in a SpaceX space suit, and the 181 kilograms of freight.

The purpose of the SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 is to develop a new way to get astronauts and cargo from our planet to the ISS. Since 2011, when the US stopped the Space Shuttle program, the Russian Soyuz capsules are the only way to reach the ISS. There are several reasons why this is not ideal, including redundancy and costs.

Tweakers has written an extensive background story about the mission and the underlying history and motivations.

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