Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-16 (Dragon SpX-16) : December 5, 2018 - DISCUSSION  (Read 250950 times)

Offline Comga

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Thinking about terminal docking maneuvers for DM-1 and DM-2, it appears that SpaceX was able to run a test of their lidar as the CRS-16 Dragon departed the ISS.

At ~1:25 in the video, just before the change of camera angles, the capsule disappears in front of the ISS.
Can anyone verify that this places the sensor and grapple fixture bay forward of and facing the IDA on the forward port of Node 2?
That would have enabled them to get some lidar returns from the docking aides inside and outside the contact ring.
It would be surprising that they could get usable data, and the normally insignificant offset between transmit and receive lenses becomes quite significant at such close range.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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In today's post flight press conference the hydraulic problem was described to have been caused by an valve. This valve was later redesigned and there was no need for an extra hydraulic pump.

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