CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – A SpaceX A dragoon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today (June 5th) to deliver new solar arrays, along with tons of fresh research experiments and supplies to NASA as part of the company’s 22nd cargo supply mission.
Developed Dragon autonomously connected to the orbital laboratory at 5:09 AM EDT (0909 GMT), parking at the zenith or the space-facing side of the station’s Harmony module. Docking occurred approximately 40 hours later the launch of the Dragon on the Falcon 9 rocket Thursday (June 3) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the docking, both spacecraft sailed about 415 kilometers over the South Pacific.
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SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-22 mission is the second modernized delivery ship to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) without the help of astronauts, who typically use Canadarm2’s robotic arm to grab incoming cargo ships and manually attach them to the station. Two of Expedition 65 crew members, Kimbro and NASA astronaut colleague Megan MacArthur, watched the docking from the station’s Dome Observatory.
The arrival of this improved cargo spacecraft Dragon CRS-22 will result in a total of two SpaceX vehicles. A different Crew Dragon spacecraft, which brought four astronauts to the space station in April on Crew-2 mission, is currently also hooked up to the Harmony module.
“The difficult shooting is over and it’s a great day to see another ISS Dragon [International Space Station]”Spacecraft communicator Leslie Ringo aired the station ‘s crew after docking control of NASA’ s mission in Houston.
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This Cargo Dragon is the second SpaceX vehicle to be autonomously attached to the space station. This is a new feature thanks to some modifications that SpaceX has made to its working content cargo spacecraft Dragon. The improvements allow the vehicle not only to be attached to the station (its predecessor was attached to the station’s robotic arm and attached to the station by astronauts on board), but also increased the vessel’s cargo capacity by about 20%, which allows more science.
This Dragon will be the second to burst into the Atlantic Ocean after a month-long stay attached to the ISS. This change allows researchers to receive their precious cargo shipments much faster than before.
The Dragon CRS-22 has 7,300 pounds on board. (3,311 kilograms) supplies and research, including two brand new unfolding solar blocks that will help increase power to the space station. Built by RedWire and Boeing, the arrays are the first two of six to be installed at the station in the coming months.
Called iROSA (ISS Roll-Out Solar Array), the first set of flexible solar panels will be installed this month as part of a series of space walks conducted by Shane Kimbro and Thomas Peske on June 16 and 20. The design was tested for the first time as part of a technological demonstration of a previous supply mission.
In addition to the ISS, solar arrays will be used for future missions, such as the Dual Asteroid Redirection Test (or DART), which is due to launch on the SpaceX rocket later this year. It will also be used in NASA’s planned Lunar Gateway, part of Artemis’ lunar program.
There are also more than 2,000 pounds on board the Dragon CRS-21 spacecraft. (907 kilograms) of scientific experiments, including some interesting organisms such as tardigrades (also known as “water bears”) and Bobtail squid.
The Dragon CRS-22 mission marks the second cargo mission the company has carried out under its second commercial supply contract with NASA, called CRS-2.
SpaceX signed its first such contract with NASA in 2008, initially agreeing to launch 12 cargo missions to the space station between 2012 and 2016. NASA has expanded this contract to include a total of 20 Dragon cargo fields, at a total cost of about $ 700 million in 2015 (Northrop Grumman, formerly known as Orbital ATK, also received a NASA cargo contract with its cargo spacecraft Cygnus.)
According to Montalbano, the cargo Dragon will remain attached to the space station until July. Once Cargo Dragon departs, Crew Dragon, which is currently docked with the station, will replace the parking spaces, opening an ISS port for the Boeing Starliner unscrewed spacecraft, which is scheduled to take off on its test flight OFT-2 to the station on July 30. .
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