SpaceX Crew3 Docked with the ISS : confirms NASA & SpaceX

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance arrives at space station with four Crew-3 astronauts

A shiny new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the company’s Crew-3 mission successfully placed into orbit Thursday evening (Nov. 11).

Crew Dragon Endurance, which launched SpaceX’s four-crew flight for NASA on Wednesday (Nov. 10), attached with the station’s US-built Harmony module at 6:32 p.m. EST (2332 GMT) as both spacecraft sailed 263 miles (423 kilometers) above the eastern Caribbean. 

After a series of delays due to bad weather along the rocket’s flight path, as well as a minor medical problem that popped up with one of the crew members, the spacecraft was launched from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“The capture is confirmed,” NASA’s Courtney Beasley said during a live broadcast. “The contact was confirmed at 3:32 p.m. Pacific time as the International Space Station and Endurance were flying over the Caribbean.

Arriving at Endurance aboard the ISS today was a crew of mostly rookie astronauts: NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, along with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Mathias Maurer. (Marshburn is the only crew member to have flown in space before).

The four astronauts reached the station safely about 22 hours after their successful launch, ready to begin their mission in space. He is expected to open the hatch between his Crew Dragon and the station at 8:10 pm EST (0110 Nov. 12 GMT).

“Crew Dragon has officially made it to the ISS,” Beasley said.

Despite being on the ground longer than expected, Crew’s launch on Wednesday night was picture-perfect, with officials from both SpaceX and NASA saying it was one of the quietest ends yet, meaning the countdown There was no problem while working.

During a video tour of the Dragon Endurance spacecraft, which the crew shared Thursday morning, Marshburn said all of his rookie crew were adjusting well to space and that they had a hearty appetite, something that isn’t necessarily true for everyone. be on the spacecraft.

Endurance arrived at the station 38 minutes ahead of schedule. The approach and docking sequence went smoothly with only a short hold at Waypoint 2, about 20 meters (66 ft) from its docking port, while teams waited for better lighting to dock with the ISS. 

After a successful docking, the three-man crew of Expedition 66 — which includes NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov — will meet with the new station’s residents, helping them aboard. With the launch delays, NASA opted to bring the four Crew-2 astronauts home before launching the Crew-3 mission, leaving Vande Hei in charge of orienting the new residents with the space station. 

NASA calls this process an indirect handoff, and it usually involves helping the visiting crew get used to essentials in space, such as where they will sleep and use the toilet. Those housekeeping responsibilities are usually left to the departing crew, but since they got home early, Vande Hei would fill in.

With the arrival of Crew-3, this brought the total number of people aboard the ISS to seven, the space station’s U.S. Brings in with five and two people on the Russian side.

The four new residents of the orbiting outpost will spend the next six months working and living in space. They will work on more than 200 science experiments and perform spacewalks during their time on the station, which orbits an average of 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.

SpaceX’s next crewed mission to the space station will be Crew-4, which is currently set to launch in April of 2022.

Vedio: https://videos.space.com/m/ilDqKQ68/spacex-crew-3s-dragon-spacecraft-docks-with-space-station?list=9wzCTV4g

Live Updates of SpaceX Crew3 mission: https://www.space.com/news/live/spacex-crew-dragon-mission-updates

Source: Space.com