Three days after takeoff, a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship caught up with the International Space Station on Saturday, delivering more than 5,600 kilos of equipment and supplies, including fresh fruit and holiday feasts.
About thirty feet from the station Commander Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who operated the robot arm of the laboratory, drove from the station to a fixture on the side of the cargo ship at 7:21 am GMT-5 (GMT-5). when the two spacecraft sailed 250 miles above New Guinea.
Detection was delayed by more than an hour due to ground problems that disrupted communications via one of the satellites of the NASA location and data communications systems. As soon as the station was within sight of another TDRS satellite, the acquisition processes were resumed and the dragon was secured.
The Johnson Space Center air traffic controllers then took the arm to remotely pull the cargo ship to the ground ̵
The pressurized compartment of the kite contained 2,286 pounds of scientific equipment, including a rodent habitat that carried 40 mice, 670 pounds of crew clothing, and other supplies, £ 421 Space station hardware, 88 pounds of computer equipment, 33 pounds of spacewalk tools and suit components, and 24 pounds of equipment worn for the Russians.
The cargo ship's unpressurized "trunk" contained another 2150 pounds of equipment, including an experimental robotic tank system and a laser instrument that measures the height of forest canopies around the world. Both are mounted outside the station.
"We flew some extra food, some Christmas food for the crew, standard things, candied yams, turkey, corn, casserole with green beans, some traditional Christmas items like these," said Joel Montalbano, Johnson Space Space Station Deputy Program Manager Center.
"There is also some fresh fruit for the crew," Montalbano said.
When the hatches are opened to the dragon, the crew will first bring scientific equipment and supplies of high priority to the station, including the habitat of the rodents and the items that must be brought into the station's freezers.
The Dragon Launches Wednesday It was the ninth cargo flight that was launched to the space station this year, and the third in less than two weeks after a Russian Progress freighter and Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft on November 16 arrived the next day.
A total of about 30 tons of supplies and equipment were delivered to the outpost this year by three Progress spacecraft, three dragons, two Cygnus cargo ships, and a Japanese HTV.
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