The Dragon 2 space truck landed on Saturday at 11:09 CET on an orbital complex with a total of 3.3 tons of cargo. This happened about 40 hours after the ship launched a Falcon 9 rocket into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday night.
The rocket’s new and improved first stage has completed its maiden flight with a successful return to one of SpaceX’s two landing pads cruising the Atlantic.
Automatic connection to the International Space Station without the help of astronauts
“It was a great way and it was amazing to watch him arrive. We’re glad he’s here,” NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough told flight dispatchers after Dragon successfully made contact with the International Space Station.
This was only the second automatic connection of the improved Dragon supply ship to the station without the assistance of the astronauts. These space supply ships are usually picked up by Canadarm2’s robotic arm after approaching and then connected.
Two SpaceX ships are now moored at the station. In addition to the cargo Dragon, which has now landed, there is also the manned ship Crew Dragon Endeavor.
It delivered a four-member crew to the International Space Station in April – NASA representatives Megan MacArthur and Shane Kimbra, their Japanese colleague Akihik Hoshed and French Thomas Pesquet, who represents the European Space Agency (ESA).
The new solar panels, the first of which is currently on the International Space Station, will be part of a new system to help improve the power supply to the orbital complex. Five more pairs of panels will arrive in the coming months. Astronauts Kimbrough and Pesquet will begin installing the first pair in two shifts outside the station scheduled for June 16 and 20.
After the arrival of the Dragon2 (SpX-22) space cargo ship today, the number of ships connected to the International Space Station has increased to five. The situation will change on June 27 with the departure of the Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship. pic.twitter.com/cYbfCvKBIs
– Michel Vaclavic (@Kosmo_Michal) June 5, 2021
According to NASA spokesman Joel Montalban, after the Dragon cargo returns to Earth in July, the Endeavor will move to its current docking port. This frees a port on the Harmony module that must be connected to Boeing’s new Starliner during a frequent unmanned test flight. Its start is set for July 30.
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