SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for resupply mission CRS-13 has arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday for the second time in its career, bringing with it 4,861 lbs of supplies – the largest percentage of which are scientific experiments that will add to the Station’s current list of 329 active scientific investigations.
CRS-13 Dragon – The Arrival:
Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba used the station’s CanadArm2 arm to capture the spacecraft and maneuver it to the nadir – Earth-side – port of the Harmony module where it will be berthed until January.
Launched by Falcon 9 (B1035.2) from a returning SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral, Dragon has enjoyed an issue-free orbital trip to the ISS.
Cruising to orbit, the SpX-13 Dragon slipped into her preliminary orbit Dragon performed a series of trajectory adjustment burns over the capsule’s slightly less than two-day chase with the ISS to properly align itself 6 km from the Station on Sunday morning for final approach operations.
Those operations are a set of objectives that involve both NASA and SpaceX controllers working towards the eventual arrival at the orbital outpost.
This opens with SpaceX controllers commanding Dragon to begin its final approach sequence with the ...