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Fourth port on ISS in 2024?
« Reply #2400 on: 01/10/2024 09:36 pm »
Today NASA posted this article that mentions a fourth port at ISS in 2024 (see below): Anyone know more about this? Is it the Axiom module, perhaps?

https://www.nasa.gov/history/10-years-ago-the-first-operational-cygnus-cargo-mission-to-the-space-station/
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Upgrades to the space station itself, such as opening up a second berthing port on the Unity module in 2015 allowed two cargo vehicles to be docked at the same time, with a third port available in 2019 for SpaceX crew and cargo vehicles to dock directly at the station without the need for astronauts to use Canadarm2 to grapple and berth them. Beginning in 2024, a fourth port will allow four cargo and crew vehicles to remain at the station simultaneously.

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Re: Fourth port on ISS in 2024?
« Reply #2401 on: 01/11/2024 12:25 am »
Today NASA posted this article that mentions a fourth port at ISS in 2024 (see below): Anyone know more about this? Is it the Axiom module, perhaps?

https://www.nasa.gov/history/10-years-ago-the-first-operational-cygnus-cargo-mission-to-the-space-station/
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Upgrades to the space station itself, such as opening up a second berthing port on the Unity module in 2015 allowed two cargo vehicles to be docked at the same time, with a third port available in 2019 for SpaceX crew and cargo vehicles to dock directly at the station without the need for astronauts to use Canadarm2 to grapple and berth them. Beginning in 2024, a fourth port will allow four cargo and crew vehicles to remain at the station simultaneously.
That's puzzling. I thought there were already four ports, namely two berthing ports for Cygnus (Unity nadir and Harmony nadir) and two docking ports for Dragons (Harmony zenith and Harmony forward).  I know the two docking ports have been used simultaneously.

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Re: General ISS Q&A thread
« Reply #2402 on: 01/11/2024 08:56 pm »
Today NASA posted this article that mentions a fourth port at ISS in 2024 (see below): Anyone know more about this? Is it the Axiom module, perhaps?

https://www.nasa.gov/history/10-years-ago-the-first-operational-cygnus-cargo-mission-to-the-space-station/
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Upgrades to the space station itself, such as opening up a second berthing port on the Unity module in 2015 allowed two cargo vehicles to be docked at the same time, with a third port available in 2019 for SpaceX crew and cargo vehicles to dock directly at the station without the need for astronauts to use Canadarm2 to grapple and berth them. Beginning in 2024, a fourth port will allow four cargo and crew vehicles to remain at the station simultaneously.
That's puzzling. I thought there were already four ports, namely two berthing ports for Cygnus (Unity nadir and Harmony nadir) and two docking ports for Dragons (Harmony zenith and Harmony forward).  I know the two docking ports have been used simultaneously.
Node 1 Nadir is currently equipped only for Cygnus visits at this time. It will be upgraded to support multiple VV providers allowing HTV-X and Dream Chaser to Berth at   N1N paving the way for future PMA-2/IDA-2 relocation to N2N to allow Axiom Space Station Hub 1 to arrive and berthing to at ISS. The change is required during the A.S.S. station assembly phase.
« Last Edit: 01/11/2024 08:56 pm by russianhalo117 »

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Re: General ISS Q&A thread
« Reply #2403 on: 01/11/2024 09:13 pm »
... paving the way for future PMA-2/IDA-2 relocation to N2N to allow Axiom Space Station Hub 1 to arrive and berthing to at ISS.

Do you know if they're planning to stick PMA-2 back on the "nose" of the Axiom module, sort of like how it moved forward from Node 1 to Lab to Node 2 during the assembly sequence? Or will Axiom's module have its own docking port built in already?

 

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