Mike Vickers' Blog

March 3, 2019

Automation in Space

Filed under: Space, USA — derryvickers @ 2:55 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/03/spacex-crew-dragon-docks-at-international-space-station

Not a great enthusiast of manned space flight.

In orbit satellites and roving space mobiles can do a lot more for less.

Nevertheless having worked for ESA and alongside NASA I can get excited by Space X’s mission to the International Space Station where the capsule docked automatically with the International Space Station.

SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, but Crew Dragon is a different beast.

It docked autonomously instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for berthing, which is how Behnken said it should work when he and Hurley are onboard. They may push a few buttons and will have the ability to intervene if necessary, he said.

As part of Sunday’s operation, the ISS astronauts sent commands to Dragon to retreat and move forward again before the capsule made its final approach.

The ISS astronauts offered congratulations to SpaceX as they got ready to open the hatches and collect the supplies onboard Dragon.”

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