SpaceX docked two dragons to the space station for the first time

For the first time, SpaceX has successfully docked two dragons on two International Space Stations (ISS) at the same time.

Carrying about three metric tons (600 pounds) of cargo, SpaceX’s first upgraded cargo dragon tracked its first inaugural orbital flight and docking efforts, safely landing on the space station at 1:45 p.m. EST (UTC-5) on Monday, December December.

For the second time, Roscomos astronaut Sergei Kud-Severkov gratefully captured both Crew-1 and CRS-11 in spectacular detail, taking some indescribably small handful of NASA images from two historic historical dragon arrivals.

Admitted, Single The official image of the CRS-11 represents the first screenshot-free view of the SpaceX Crew-1 Crew Dragon published by NASA so far, and the CRS-11 Cargo Dragon in the same frame, firmly containing the historic milestone.

The first upgraded cargo dragon fell on top of the first human-certified crew dragon. (NASA)
The cargo dragon (center) and the crew dragon’s nose are also visible in this webcast screenshot. (NASA)

During NASA’s docking webcast, the retractable cargo and the crew dragon Nakkon were both visible at the same time, Cargo Dragon 2 was originally a tick version of the crew dragon. With the exception of extending the lifespan – the final unaltered Dragon aircraft could be the CRS-29 in 2023 or 2024.

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SpaceX itself uploaded a timeline for the first ISS docking of Cargo Dragon 2 that was taken from the spacecraft’s own camera, not too long after the milestone, giving some memories of the best live views of any ISS cargo or crew arrival in recent memory.

Finally, according to SpaceX officials, Crew-1 – launched on November 15 – the agency believes that there will be at least one year of uninterrupted dragon presence in orbit, meaning that all future dragons will start (starting with CRS-11). In the two-decade history of the International Space Station, only the Russian National Space Agency has conducted such a feat, as well as being the sole supplier of crew transport from 2011 to 2020 during routine cargo launches.

As the Cargo Dragon 2 approached the ISS, SpaceX’s Crew-1 Crew Dragon (bottom center) was easily visible for almost the entire docking. (SpaceX)
At the same time as the on-board camera view above the cargo dragon’s space station. (Sergei Kud-Serverkov)

In 2021 alone, SpaceX plans to launch at least five – and possibly six – dragon launches, the first of which will use a flight-proof spacecraft and booster and the first fully private tour mission in orbit, including the Starlink, Crew Dragon and Cargo Dragon 2. The back-to-back operational debut has made the ClearXX a world leader in the production and operation of satellites and reusable spacecraft.

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