NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts completed the first commercial flight attendant port relocation of the International Space Station on Monday (April 5), when they moved Crew Dragon Spaceship Prepare for the arrival of the next crew.
The relocation was carried out by NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The crew unloaded the crew dragon nicknamed “Resilience” from the front port of the space station’s “Harmony” module at 6:30 AM Eastern Time (1030 GMT), and at 7:08 AM Eastern Time (GMT 1108) Reconnect to the space-facing port of the capsule. .
The astronauts moved Resilience to another port on the space station to make room for the Empeavour Crew Dragon spacecraft, which arrived later this month. It will dock at the forward port of Harmony.Arrivals SpaceX Crew-2 mission Including NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Hoshide Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The crew is scheduled to launch to the space station on April 22 from the 39A launch site at NASA̵
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“we are very happy [moving Resilience] We would like to represent the entire Expedition 64 team and Crew 1 Dragon Team. Congratulations to the commercial crew plan for 10 years of work. Hopkins said in a phone call with NASA Commercial Crew Project Manager Steve Stich (Steve Stich) last Friday (April 2) that this is truly an amazing 10 years. . Now we are ready to take this car out a bit for a spin. …We are all very excited to be one of them. “
On March 19th, NASA astronauts Kate RubinsAnd two Russian astronauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, Relocated the Soyuz MS-17 From the earth-facing port of the Rassvet module of the space station to the spacecraft facing the Poisk port of space. However, unlike the Soyuz movement strategy that requires manual flight, the Crew Dragon operates automatically.
“It’s really cool. It’s an amazing view to separate it from the car that has lived in it for a few months, and to be able to see it from a height of 60 meters. [about 200 feet]”, Rubens said in a call from the space station, NASA shared on YouTube Friday (April 2).
In preparation for Monday’s relocation, Hopkins said he will spend Easter Sunday to make sure he cleaned everything from the Crew Dragon spacecraft. This is his version of Easter egg hunt because he Stayed in resilience for a few months, said in the phone call.
Since the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts arrived in the spacecraft, the spacecraft has been in a “large stationary state.” The space station on November 16. Therefore, the crew prepared for this action by verifying whether Resilience’s communication system is up and running, and completing the suit’s fit check. Hopkins said during the call that “it is progressing very smoothly.”
Unit 1 is scheduled to return to Earth in late April or early May. When a cargo ship carrying a dragon arrives later this summer, the port of Harmony opposite the sky will be empty for its use.Rubins and Glover (Rubins and Glover) once Spacewalk on February 28, When they installed one of the two modification kits needed to support the new array. According to reports, the Dragon cargo spacecraft will need to be docked at a port facing space in order to use Canadam2 to automatically extract new solar arrays from Dragon’s trunk. NASA statement.
Although today’s relocation exercise is the first time that a crew is required to board the “Dragon” spacecraft, given that the “Crew 1” mission is the first of six, it may not be the last. Certified crew tasks The statement said that NASA and SpaceX have planned to use it as part of the agency’s commercial crew program.
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