Boeing and SpaceX have been working to provide space taxis to the ISS from around 2017.

These taxis will carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, but before that time, NASA needs to complete some work to prep for the arrivals.

One of the first steps that they completed was done some time ago, when previous crew members laid out hundreds of feet of cables for both power and data. This week they will be completing the next step, installing a parking spot for the taxis this weekend.

This work will be completed this Friday, when astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins will do a six-and-half-hour spacewalk to install the spot, using their Canadarm2 to help them extract the dock from the SpaceX Dragon capsule and position the dock just a few inches away from its install spot.

NASA confirmed that Beoing and SpaceX will be providing these services for the Commercial Crew Program back in 2012.

You can watch the dock’s installation on the NASA TV website on Friday, August 19th at 6:30AM Eastern.

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