Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX CRS-9 Dragon - RNDZ, Berthing, ISS Ops - UPDATES  (Read 35089 times)

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« Last Edit: 07/20/2016 01:19 AM by Chris Bergin »

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This morning note:

According to the morning DPC, Dragon is 1250 km behind and 2 km below ISS closing at 100 km per orbit.

Last night shot of Dragon waiting behind Progress MS-03:

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ISS config ahead of CRS-9 arrival:

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Article for Rendezvous and Arrival - by Chris Gebhardt.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/07/nasa-spacex-dragons-arrival-space-station/

We also have a bonus article coming late this week on a payload via a Chris G exclusive.

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The morning DPC just occurred but I missed the US portion when Houston normally gives an arriving vehicle update.
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Approach initiation burn complete
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crew is receiving range and range rate information from on-board systems.  Primary range is 3500.  Secondary is 3000.
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Dragon range is approximately 1000 meters
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Dragon is in sight
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250 meter hold
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the crew is comparing vehicle position to on-board displays.
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Go for approach inside the keep out sphere
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Dragon is inside the 200 meter keep out sphere
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NASA TV coverage in 5 minutes
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NASA TV coverage about to begin

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And it starts with music and views of the Dragon
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Inside the KOS (Keep Out Sphere). Heading to the 30 meter hold point.

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100 meters. Kate says the vehicle is right on track.

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Current position.
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75 meter otw to 30 meter for hold.

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PAO is struggling
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We'll have more on the DNA payload in a future article.

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Dragon edging closer.

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View from the SSRMS LEE.

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Nearly at 30 meters.

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At 30 Meter mark. Waiting for go-nogo to approach capture position.
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Ahead of schedule.

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30 meters.

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Great view of the distance between the Dragon and SSRMS.

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GO/NO GO for departure from 30 meters coming up.

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10 minute KU drop out coming up.

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SSRMS to capture position.

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Some photos from cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka:
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And KU is coming back.

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55 mins past the hour is the capture time.

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Dragon GO to proceed to capture point.

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Strobes in view.

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Orbital sunrise in 15 mins. 20 meters to go. 25 mins to capture.

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SpookyCam view.

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Stay on this view please NASA!

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STAY ON THIS VIEW! ;D

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Nice!!

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Arm in motion.

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Capture!

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Capture of Dragon

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CAPTURE - The #Dragon has been tamed, marking the arrival of 2,257 Kilograms of cargo at the Space Station.


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NASA TV pausing until 8:55 Central for berthing.

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Back early...feel free to chip in and I'm in an out around this time.

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Survey.

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You can see Elon waving! ;)

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Robotics on the ground have taken over as the ISS Crew have gone to lunch.

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What's that? A microphone?

S-band (SASAs) [/size]UHF [/size]antennas. Microphones wouldn't work very well in the thermosphere ;)

EDIT: Corrected for type of antenna thanks to DaveS, I was mistaken about the S-band.
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Chris could we have few more screen grabs pictures of the whole dragon as it now being lit up by the sun please?

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20 mins without KU, so that's a pause.

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What's that? A microphone?

S-band antennas (SASAs). Microphones wouldn't work very well in the thermosphere ;)

It's what got mistaken as a UFO by social media the other year during a night pass where it looked "off station" ;D

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Chris could we have few more screen grabs pictures of the whole dragon as it now being lit up by the sun please?


Doing one every time they show a new view ;)

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Last one for 20 mins due to KU out.

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Beautiful  Dragon 9 craft. Thanks  Will berth soon as KU video returns

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What's that? A microphone?

S-band antennas (SASAs). Microphones wouldn't work very well in the thermosphere ;)
Actually, that's two UHF antennas on the FWD end of the US Lab. SASA's are smaller.
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KU is back.

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RTL

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Orbital sunrise.

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Bolts driving next.

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Four RTLs. First Stage Capture initiated. Bolts driving. Second Stage capture will mark berthing.

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SSRMS to limp.

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And two new photos from Oleg:
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Going to be passing over Dragon's birthplace!

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Second stage capture complete! Berthed! Three mins past the hour.

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Thank you for sharing Oleg's wonderful photos, Artyom.
Is there a website to download the hi res photos?

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Is there a website to download the hi res photos?
Soon in Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/roscosmos  ;) .
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So, photos in high resolution now in Flickr:
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Well, a couple more photos...
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Due to the crews quick work on berthing ops, CAPCOM offered up and the crew eagerly accepted an offer for early Dragon ingress today.  Hopefully it will show up on the ISS UStream feed live...
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The ground has completed all their steps and the crew has been given a go for ingress.  There is no Ku right now so the crew is recording the event.
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With a 20 minute LOS imminent hatch opening will be out of sight and sound...
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The hatch was opened at 27 minutes past the hour.  The UStream feed is only showing an external view.
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The hatch was opened at 27 minutes past the hour.  The UStream feed is only showing an external view.

Ahead of schedule!

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Dragon hatch is open.  Thanks for all the supplies @SpaceX! congrats to all the teams!  @NASA_Johnson
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The hatch was opened at 27 minutes past the hour.  The UStream feed is only showing an external view.
Sorry, but what UTC was that?

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The hatch was opened at 27 minutes past the hour.  The UStream feed is only showing an external view.
Sorry, but what UTC was that?

From my post 627 PM--if the time on the website is UTC which I believe it is.  The crew announced the opening as soon as they came out of the LOS I referenced in an earlier post.
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The hatch was opened at 27 minutes past the hour.  The UStream feed is only showing an external view.

Ahead of schedule!

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Dragon hatch is open.  Thanks for all the supplies @SpaceX! congrats to all the teams!  @NASA_Johnson

Great shot.  Someday we may see a picture of a Soyuz right after the hatch is opened but I wouldn't bet it on it :)
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Chris, there's a picture of a Dragon2 in the article that should either be labeled or removed.

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Full webcast of the grapple:


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Full webcast of the berthing:


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Exclusive feature interview about the DNA experiment delivered by CRS-9 - by Chris Gebhardt:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/07/nasa-prepares-first-space-dna-sequencing-experiment/

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I've had a brain fart, but given this thread will cover it as much as we get coverage, what date is the IDA-2 removal ops set for?

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I believe removal is planned for August 16th, followed by EVA (Jeff and Kate) on August 18th.

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I believe removal is planned for August 16th, followed by EVA (Jeff and Kate) on August 18th.
Beginning of August 16th GMT is EVR Ops start and August 17th is the EVR backup date incase of any SSRMS/SPDM issues. Some issues that have popped up over the last several EVR events have resulted in the EVR activities being moved to the left to allow for the additional EVR day. Previously it was stated that the PMA-2 power-up and systems checkout is to occur the day before the EVR and will be powered up again before the start of the EVA.

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The end effector camera on the SSRMS appears to be doing a survey of PMA-2 to verify it's condition after years of leading the ISS through space without any use since the retirement of the Shuttle.
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The SSRMS is headed back to Dragon
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