Earlier this week SpaceX successfully launched and landed another Falcon 9, with its main mission being to deliver some new cargo to the International Space Station via the Dragon module.
Despite a one-day delay due to a navigation software glitch with the Dragon space capsule, the mission has today been confirmed as a success.
The Dragon space capsule was successfully captured by ISS’ robotic arm at 9:44 AM GMT/ 5:44 AM EST by the astronauts currently based at the station, Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Pesquet said the following about the capture:
“With that capture, a Dragon has now officially arrived to ISS.”
“We’re very happy indeed to have it on board and very much looking forward to putting to good use the two-and a half tons of science it carries.”
Yesterday, Dragon was forced to abort its first approach to the station after the spacecraft’s onboard computers detected an incorrect value in the global positioning system data.
Dragon uses this data to pinpoint the Dragon’s location in space relative to the station and as such it was important to not go ahead with the capture.
However, NASA officials said that the glitch was easily corrected and as you now know, the mission was able to go ahead just one day after.
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