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SpaceX Launch of CRS-9 Enables Future Crew Missions

20 Jul 2016, 19:58 UTC
SpaceX Launch of CRS-9 Enables Future Crew Missions
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At 12:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Monday, July 18 2016, SpaceX launched a Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station (ISS) atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon, designated CRS-9, arrived at the ISS at 6:56 AM EDT on Wednesday July 20, 2016.

This 8-minute long exposure photo depicts the Falcon 9’s launch (left) and landing (top,right) back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space
In the trunk of the Dragon is a new International Docking Adapter (IDA-2) built by Boeing. Astronauts in the ISS will use the robotic arm and an EVA to remove the IDA-2 from the trunk of the Dragon and install the new docking adapter on the ISS. This new docking adapter will allow the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner capsule to dock with the ISS. The original version IDA-1 was lost when SpaceX CRS-7 exploded a few minutes after lift-off on June 28, 2015. Boeing is building IDA-3 to replace the lost IDA-1. This will allow both a Boeing Starliner and Crew Dragon to be docked simultaneously at the ISS.
While the Dragon cargo capsules must be grappled using the robotic arm, the new ...

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