A few days back, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo capsule and that day SpaceX also informed that the capsule will arrive the International Space Station on Wednesday. Now, the Dragon capsule has successfully reached at the ISS on the expected day. Japanese astronomer Norishige Kanai using a robotic arm grabbed the cargo ship. With this SpaceX has also successfully completed its 14th space mission. With this, the Dragon capsule also finished its second mission.
With the help of laser light and a thermal sensor, the spacecraft slowly arrived the ISS from below. As per the information the docking process carried out for around 20 minutes and at 6:40 a.m. EDT Kanai detached the lab’s robotic arm to hook the free-flying Dragon capsule. After the successful docking astronaut Scott Tingle, who has assisted Kanai in docking process stated, “Capture complete and I don’t think it gets any better than that.”
Around 9 a.m. EDT, the ground control station in Houston and Canada acquired the command over the robotic arm to manoeuvre the Dragon capsule toward Harmony module of the ISS.
The Dragon cargo ship, which was blasted off from the Cape Canaveral with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, in its first mission did a round-trip mission to the orbiting space station in April and May in 2016. This is for the 14th time where SpaceX supply ship has arrived the ISS. The cost of this mission is around $2 billion and the project comes under a contract signed between SpaceX and NASA.
The Dragon capsule has brought around 5,836 pounds of supplies to the ISS which includes research equipment, new satellite, and hardware. It has 2,359 pounds of science equipment, around 758 pounds of supplies for the crew, 326 pounds of vehicle hardware, 108 pounds of advanced computer equipment and spacewalking gear weighing around 218 pounds.
As per the report, Dextre robot and Canadarm 2 robotic arm will remove three payloads on Thursday. There is a new satellite called RemoveDebris in the ship which will be unloaded from the ISS after one to two months. The satellite is developed under the partnership between European industry and the European Commission. It will help in capture space debris using its nets and harpoons and then will push the debris into Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.
The supplies also include frozen human and bull sperm samples. The astronauts will melt the specimens and then will activate the cell using some chemicals making them more functioning.