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Resilience, Crew Dragon from SpaceX, recently shifted to another Docking Port

It is no secret that four astronauts have been in the International Space Station (ISS) for almost half a year. Recently, they had to navigate their spaceship, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, often referred to as Resilience, to a different docking port. Upon wearing it accordingly, they moved it outside the orbit research lab. It is important to note that it is a new-generation commercial crew spacecraft. Equally important, it is the first time such a maneuver took place. The purpose of the shift was a way of preparing the way for yet another SpaceX Crew Dragon. This particular mission will begin no later than the end of this plan if things go as planned. Come June, there will be the arrival of a Dragon cargo freighter as well. Onboard will be two solar arrays meant to upgrade the power system of the outpost.

Going by the exercise’s details, Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover, the commander and pilot, respectively, suited up. Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi, the mission specialists, also followed suit and wore their pressure garments made by SpaceX. What followed was boarding Resilience, the Crew Dragon. It is something the four would refer to as a lifeboat. Interestingly, they got aboard Resilience as a precaution keeping in mind the chances of the spacecraft not reconnecting with ISS. Under such circumstances, they would come in handy and prevent the spaceship from returning to Earth before the mission’s end.

One of the critical things that happened was closing hatches connecting the space station and the capsule. Once that was done, what follows was the configuration of the cockpit displays. Then, they waited for a go-ahead from the ground team and, once it reached them, went ahead with the planned relocation maneuver. After detaching itself from the front of ISS, the Dragon Capsule used its Draco thrusters to move away from the Harmony module. Firing them saw the spacecraft move 200 feet, equivalent to 60 meters away from the space station. This event took place at 1030 GMT (6:30 a.m. GMT).

Upon confirming that the laser navigation system was perfectly locked to ISS, mission control notified Hopkins to command the spaceship to reposition itself so that it was approaching the corridor, which is usually above the complex. Resilience was in autopilot mode during its flyaround maneuver. Its alignment with the zenith docking port gave Hopkins the go-ahead to issue yet another command. Consequently, the autonomous last approach began leading the capsule towards the station backward. The entire relocation maneuver took 38 minutes hence ended at 1108 GMT (7:08 a.m.)

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