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    NASA Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft: Discussion & News

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    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:35 am

    US SpaceX Falcon 9 carrier rocket with Dragon spacecraft blasts off to orbital outpost

    The Dragon resupply ship is carrying about 2.5 tonnes of cargo to the orbital station, including food and equipment for carrying out scientific experiments

    https://tass.com/science/1070480
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    Post  George1 on Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:34 pm

    Astronauts begin operation on SpaceX Dragon’s docking with ISS


    The effort is carried out by the European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano

    NEW YORK, December 8. /TASS/. A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft has approached the International Space Station and astronauts started an operation on capturing it with a robotic arm and docking it with the station, NASA reported on Sunday.

    The operation began at 5.05 EST (13.05 Moscow Time). The effort is carried out by the European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan. Another NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is controlling telemetry data.

    According to the Mission Control Center in Houston, at around 8 a.m. EST (16.00 Moscow Time) the spacecraft would be linked up with a docking port on the station's Harmony module.

    SpaceX Dragon was launched by Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on December 5. The spacecraft will deliver to the ISS some 2.5 tonnes of cargo, including 998 kg for a series of 38 scientific experiments.

    This is Dragon’s 19th flight to the ISS as part of NASA program of commercial cargo deliveries to the station.

    There are currently two Russian cosmonauts on the ISS - Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka, three NASA astronauts - Christina Koch, Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir, and one astronaut from the European Space Agency - Luca Parmitano (Italy).

    https://tass.com/science/1097005
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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:34 am

    This is amazing, so much automation. Good that the IS-901 had the docking facility ahead of time. Video at link

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    For the first time in the space industry a "life extension" spacecraft successfully docked with a satellite:

    Nortrhop Grumman's MEV-1 vehicle connected to Intelsat's IS-901 yesterday, giving the satellite new life after it was running low on fuel.

    Here's how it worked:


    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1232735954290585600
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    Post  George1 on Thu May 28, 2020 12:15 am

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the Crew Dragon 2 reusable spacecraft with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, May 27.



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    Post  George1 on Sun May 31, 2020 9:31 pm

    Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts docks to ISS


    NEW YORK, May 31. /TASS/. The Crew Dragon spacecraft with Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS), as follows from a NASA broadcast on Sunday.

    The spacecraft began approaching the ISS about two hours before docking than was carried out 10:16 ahead of the schedule. The Crew Dragon spacecraft was launched using the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 22.22 pm Moscow time on May 30 from the Cape Canaveral, Florida.

    Crew Dragon is a configuration of the cargo spacecraft Dragon, which had already delivered cargoes to the ISS. A Falcon-9 rocket put the cargo vehicle in space on March 2. Its docking with the ISS was carried out automatically the next day.

    NASA stopped crewed flights in 2011 after the Space Shuttle program came to an end. From that moment on all astronauts were delivered to the ISS and back by Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. Originally the Untied States was to start using commercial spacecraft for crewed missions in 2017.



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