SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with ISS using automated system

SpaceX UNMANNED Crew Dragon V2 launched - Falcon 9 rocket leaves Kennedy Space Center | Daily Star

With both ships moving through space at almost five miles per second, the new crew capsule halted and briefly reversed course to demonstrate its ability to stop an approach and retreat on command if problems develop.

The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon flight docked at the space station around 27 hours after liftoff from NASA'S Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Crew Dragon will remain docked to the station until early March 8. While cargo Dragon spacecraft have been pulled in for their berthing with the station's robotic arm, the Crew Dragon is built to guide itself autonomously to its hookup. It paves the way for Demo-2, a test flight with a crew to carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS.

"As the spacecraft approached the space station, it demonstrated its automated control and maneuvering capabilities by arriving in place at about 492 feet (150 meters) away from the orbital laboratory then reversing course and backing away from the station to 590 feet (180 meters) before the final docking sequence from about 65 feet (20 meters) away", said NASA.

The inaugural flight, known as Demo-1, is an important mission created to test the end-to-end capabilities of the new system, Nasa said.

The Falcon9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral yesterday morning and completed its journey to the ISS about 11am United Kingdom time today.

Now seeing a much fancier view, from the heads-up display aboard Crew Dragon. The US government is also eager to have the ability to fly to the ISS without buying seats on Russian Soyuz capsules.

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Spectacular video from the station showed the sleek capsule, its nose cone hinged open to reveal its docking mechanism, moving in slowly against the deep black of space. Astronauts in the USA have been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets since NASA's fleet was retired in 2011, but those seats are costly.

There they found the dummy, Ripley, strapped to a seat, and an untethered plush toy in the form of the blue planet, which SpaceX had jokingly placed there as a "super high-tech zero-g indicator".

Ripley and the capsule are rigged with sensors to measure noise, vibration and stresses and monitor the life-support, propulsion and other critical systems.

In less than a decade, SpaceX has become a key partner for NASA, in addition to dominating the market for private satellite launches.

Dragon will spend four days docked to the ISS, after which Dragon will return to Earth with science samples as well as a failed spacesuit part needing fix.

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule is tentatively scheduled for an unpiloted test flight at the end of April, followed by the company's first piloted launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket in August or September.

Both companies have received billions of dollars from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of transporting astronauts safely to and from the station.

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