The SpaceX Dragon is
pictured at the capture point about 10 meters from the International Space
Station as it is about to captured moments later by the Canadian built robotic
arm about 256 miles (412 km) over Quebec, Canada. Credit: NASA TV
CENTER, FL – Three days after a breathtaking
predawn blastoff from the Florida Space Coast a recycled SpaceX Dragon resupply
ship reached the International Space Station early
this morning July 2 loaded with three tons of NASA science
gear and supplies for the six person multinational crew serving aboard – from the United States, Russia and Germany.
the AI artificial intelligence imbued free flying robot named CIMON provided by
the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the ECOSTRESS water monitoring platform from
JPL, cancer and human health research experiments, a new hand for the Canadian-built
robotic arm, ice cream treats and super strong doses of ‘Death Wish’ Coffee.
The SpaceX Dragon
CRS-15 cargo freighter reached the vicinity of the space station early Monday
after a carefully choreographed series of thruster firing, carefully maneuvered
into close proximity and was deftly captured by the NASA astronauts working the
control of the Canadian-built robotic arm as the ship was appropriately flying
at 6:54 a.m. EDT using the 57
station, capture complete,” radioed Arnold. “Go for post-capture
reconfiguration. Looking forward to some really exciting weeks ahead as we
unload the science and get started on some great experiments.”
the 30th visiting vehicle capture using Canadarm2.
controllers in Houston then sent commands to remotely carry out the robotic
installation of the spacecraft onto the bottom of the station’s Harmony
of the Harmony module was finished at 9:52 a.m. EDT after all 16 bolts and latches were
driven to home to complete the installation with a hard mate and no pressure
the International Space Station under the original Commercial Resupply
Services contract (CRS-1) with NASA.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket had blasted off from Florida’s Spaceport June 29 about
45 minutes before sunrise and put on an absolutely stunning sky show that was
dubbed a ‘space jellyfish’ in the first minutes of its critical mission
carrying nearly 6000 pounds of research instruments and gear aboard the Dragon
spacecraft for NASA.
successful arrival of Dragon, there are now 5 spaceships attached to the space station.
Cygnus OA-9 resupply ships from the United States and
the Progress 69 resupply ship from Roscosmos are attached as well as a pair of Russian
Soyuz crew ship- MS-08 and MS-09 for the six resident crewmembers.
commercial cargo freighter lifted off into nearly cloudy free pristine twilight
skies precisely on time Friday June 29 at 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT) from seaside Space Launch Complex-40 (SLC-40)
at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
that created the ‘space jellyfish’ is known as the twilight phenomena.
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hatches, the crew will now begin unloading all the critical cargo and science
gear from Dragon to station starting Tuesday.
In addition to Exedition
56 crew commander Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, the crew comprises flight engineers Serena Auñón-Chancellor (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (ESA/Germany) and Russian cosmonauts
Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev.
July holiday with light duty. Gerst and Auñón-Chancellor will begin
transferring mice delivered aboard Dragon into their new habitats aboard the
station on Wednesday”, said NASA. “They
also reviewed the experiment installation and research operations to help
scientists learn how microgravity affects physics and biology.”
observed to understand how microbes impact the gastrointestinal system in
microgravity. Arnold and Feustel will be swapping frozen research samples from
the Japanese Kibo lab module into the U.S. Destiny lab module.”
National Laboratory is the Space Algae investigation, will discuss
research to select algae strains adapted to space and sequence their genomes to
identify growth-related genes. Algae consume waste carbon dioxide, can provide
basic nutrition and may perceive microgravity as a trigger to produce algae
oils rich in antioxidants that may help mitigate the harmful effects of
microgravity and cosmic radiation during spaceflight. The Center for the
Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the U.S. National
Laboratory, is sponsoring the investigation.”
observational pilot study with the Crew Interactive MObile companioN (CIMON) that aims to provide first insights
into the effects of crew support from an artificial intelligence (AI) in terms
of efficiency and acceptance during long-term missions in space.”
stay joined to the orbiting outpost for about a month.
cargo is 5,946 pounds (2,697 kg). Of this the total unpressurized cargo is
3,774 pounds (1,712 kg).
payload in the Dragon truck is 2,172 pounds (985 kg).
experiment; 1,213 pounds (550 kg) and the LEE latching end effector for the
robotic Canadian arm; 959 pounds (435 kg).
The CRS-15 manifest includes:
Earth for a parachute assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of
Baja California carrying gear and science samples totaling about 3,800 pounds.
in 2018 and the 2nd ISS resupply mission for NASA in 2018.
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